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Parallels Build 3186

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Parallels have just released an updated version of their Mac Desktop product.  Details of what’s new can be found here.  It took a few goes to download it – I guess it’s pretty popular – so you may have to show a little patience.  It’ll be worth it.

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February 28, 2007 at 11:18 pm

Posted in OS X, Software, Tools

More Idelness

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After posting about IDEs, I thought that I should also post about a notably absent feature of VS 2005 – the ability to target different versions of .NET.  I’m sure there’s quite a lot of developers who have to work on both .NET 1.1 and .NET 2.0 projects.  Why should you have to use 2 IDEs?  Having to use MSBee doesn’t do it for me.  I’m talking about proper, full, first class support in the IDE.

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February 26, 2007 at 11:24 pm

Idelness

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Having built the Mono version of nspectre recently, I thought about how I interact with the IDE (in may case the IDE I’ve spent most time in is Visual Studio.)  Working on the Mono build of nspectre, I used MonoDevelop (with the Xml Editor plug-in) on Ubuntu Edgy and ran NAnt from the command line.  When I’d built nspectre, I ran the example console program from the command line, too.  To access CVS, I used LinCVS.  So, I had a few windows open – with a decent size monitor, having a bunch of windows open is not the problem it would otherwise be.  And it was easy to figure out what I was doing.  It was comfortable.  This realisation came as something of a shock to someone who has been used to doing nearly everything in the IDE.

I hear “integration with the IDE” as a frequent requirement for tools.  What’s not to like about integration?  I guess the problem is when the integration is such that it gets in the way of understanding what you are doing – or locks you into a particular or uncomfortable way of doing it.

Written by remark

February 26, 2007 at 11:15 pm

ModalBox

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Let me come clean. I’ve always hated pop-ups in web applications. I don’t just mean the ones that tell you you’ve won a cruise or that you’re the Emperor of the World, I mean all of them. It’s always felt like an attempt to apply a desktop paradigm to the web. But, sometimes, there’s a need for something to stop you in your tracks, the sort of thing for which, on the desktop, you’d use a modal dialog. On the web, you’d scratch your head. Until now. The prototype framework and script.aculo.us have enabled some excellent web UI advances. And ModalBox is one of them. Try it out.

Written by remark

February 23, 2007 at 2:28 pm

Posted in Design, General, Software

Upcoming release

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nspectre is nearing a 1.0 release.  The new functionality that will be in 1.0 is the ability to use functions for specifications (instead of templates.)  I’ve completed the code that provides this functionality and amended the schema accordingly.

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February 18, 2007 at 11:34 pm

What’s that coming over the hill?

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Scoble has linked to an interesting post about the Next Big Language.  I like the idea that the Next Big Language could just end up being called NBL, which would make naming its successor interesting.  TNBLATPNBL (The Next Big Language After The Previous Next Big Language) anyone?

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February 12, 2007 at 10:30 pm

A little more validation

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Version 3.0 of the Enterprise Library contains a Validator Block – there’s a CTP here.  Looking at the details on Tom Hollander’s blog, this block has the closest functionality to nspectre of any framework I’ve come across.  There is a difference in design philosophy – nspectre is designed to have as few dependencies as possible.  There are dependencies between the Enterprise Library blocks.

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February 10, 2007 at 9:59 am