Edansys

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Feb

22

What is the big deal about Twitter?

I’ve looked at Twitter in the past and just never got what the big deal was. I would try to read other people’s streams and it just seemed like a lot of noise. Well, after seeing more and more people whose blogs I read start Twittering, I finally created my Twitter account. I figure that trying it out is the only way I’m ever going to get it. I doubt I’ll do much tweeting, but I’ll try following some others for now.

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Feb

22

How to create objects in JavaScript

This post goes over the various methods of creating objects in JavaScript. Objects in JavaScript are actually like associative arrays with a special dot notation making the syntax look more Java like. It is possible to use array notation to access members of an object. Array notation is useful when the property or function name is derived programmatically at runtime. The following sections detail different ways to create objects in JavaScript. 1. Start with Object Object is the base class of all objects in JavaScript. Perhaps the quickest way to create an object in JavaScript is to create a new Object and add to it. In this example, a new […]

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Mar

11

Inform 7 IDE and xUnit testing

Today at work we were discussing unit testing and code coverage tools on .Net. I’ve worked with these tools before on both Java and .Net platforms. But the rehashing today made me draw some analogies to what I’m referring to as the Inform 7 IDE. Inform is a design system for interactive fiction based on natural language. I started evaluating Inform this previous weekend as a possible platform to introduce my almost nine year old daughter to some form of programming on the computer. Here is what a simple Inform 7 program looks like (this example is from the Wikipedia entry for Inform): [source:html] “Hello World” by “I.F. Author” The […]

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Feb

07

Silverlight developer demo

Last night, I attended a developer demo of Microsoft’s Silverlight hosted at the monthly meeting of the North Dallas .Net Users Group. The presenter was Chris Koenig. Chris is Microsoft’s Developer Evangelist for this region. For the presentation, Chris showed some full blown Silverlight application demos and gave an overview of Silverlight before proceeding with a simpler demo where he dove into the code behind it all. Overall Silverlight and the demo looked fairly impressive. Here are some of my takeaway notes from the meeting: Microsoft is not calling Silverlight an Adobe Flash killer. However, it is obvious that like JavaFX it is intended to compete in this space. I […]

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Feb

05

Essential Mac Applications

Mac Tricks And Trips has an extensive list of essential applications for the Mac. I haven’t had my Mac long enough to accumulate this many applications. Some of the ones in the list that I have installed: Adium CSSedit Firefox iLife BootCamp VMWare iWork Microsoft Office Looks like I have a lot more to try. [Updated] Other applications that I have installed that are not on the  Mac Tricks And Trips list: MacPorts  Xcode 3.0 Eclipse NetBeans

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Apr

29

Simply del.icio.us

I’ve been using del.icio.us for bookmarking for a little over six months now. Since that time, I haven’t bookmarked anything new in any of the numerous browsers that I use throughout the day. No more scattered collections of bookmarks. I love it! Now I just need to work on the organization of my bookmarks. I see a new feature over at del.icio.us called Your network. It allows del.icio.us users to track bookmarks that others are adding. I just started trying it out. Seems cool. I’ve really liked the inbox feature for some time now. Your inbox is where you can track bookmarks being added with tags that you specify. Checkout […]

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Apr

26

Mapping Linux

A friend of mine recently pointed me to an interesting map of current Linux distributions. This got me thinking about my quest for Linux nirvana and all the distributions that I have tried over the years. What I find important in a distribution has changed throughout the years. Initially Linux was just a hobby OS installed on spare hardware or a secondary partition. Then it started filling special needs. Like a dedicated combo router and firewall. Now I use it as one of my primary desktop OSes. I especially like Linux for most development stuff. Criteria that is important to me now is getting a distribution to a completely useable […]

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