Archive for February, 2009

Mozilla Labs Bespin

A couple weeks ago, Magnun and I were trying to implement a new feature for CairoPlot 2.0, which will be called Series. At the time, we decided to create a draft of what we were doing before actually coding and versioning it.

Both of us were stunned to find that an online colaborative programming ide didn’t exist. So we opted for Google Docs which filled the gap but not without some problems (as no syntax highlight).

Today, Magnun just told me about the Mozilla Labs Bespin which aims to be exactly what I said before: an online colaborative programming ide right inside your browser. Check out the project link to see what has already been done.

I do hope these guys keep going with this, the interface looks great and their idea of reinventing the wheel (as they did for the scrollbars and text input areas) is not bad as they do it for great optimization.


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Code Complete 2

Yeah, I finally gave up and decided to follow StackOverFlow users and Jeff Atwood advices and started to read Code Complete 2.

From the very first chapter, I’m starting to get why so much people love this book:

Software construction is the central activity in software development; construction is the only activity that’s guaranteed to happen on every project.

And yes, it’s true.

In the final analysis, your understanding of how to do construction determines how good a programmer you are, and that’s the subject of the rest of the book.

And this last one must be too as *SO* many people recommend this book.

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What happens when a software enterpreneur and an offshore oil extractor come together?

Roger Green (the software enterpreneur) and David Cook (the offshore oil extractor) came together and decided to board the 600 best software engineers around the world to live on a boat 3 miles away from the US pacific coast. Right outside imigration range.

These guys will work 4 months and take 2 of vacations, which leads up to a pretty nice scenario of working just 2/3 of the year!

For more information, take a look at A plan to offshore . . . just 3 miles out or just go to the official page of the project.

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Stack Overflow

Stack Overflow

One day, Jeff Atwood and Joel Spolsky decided to help the programming community. Along the way, other guys joined them (Jarrod Dixon, Geoff Dalgas, Jeremy Kratz and Brent Ozar) and they came with the absolutely fantabulous Stack Overflow.

From their About page

Stack Overflow is a programming Q & A site that’s free. Free to ask questions, free to answer questions, free to read, free to index, built with plain old HTML, no fake rot13 text on the home page, no scammy google-cloaking tactics, no salespeople, no JavaScript windows dropping down in front of the answer asking for $12.95 to go away. You can register if you want to collect karma and win valuable flair that will appear next to your name, but otherwise, it’s just free. And fast. Very, very fast.

It’s definitely that: fast. For the last weeks, I’ve been browsing a lot through the hot questions tab and I barely found unanswered questions. It’s amazing how fast you can get an answer and, for what I’ve seen, it’s usually the best.

The voting up and down associated with comments mechanism is also great, as you can learn through the answerer but also by everyone else’s knowledge. And they also have a badge system which rewards you depending on your attitudes (actually, by now I only have 8 bronze badges..).

This thing has been growing so fast that even the most famous programmers are getting into it. Alan Kay, for instance, is already one of them.

So, they have lots and lots of information there, go check it out!

Ah, and don’t forget to check these:

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