John Sequeira


Thursday, July 29, 2004
Free TutorialWare: Wink

via Sanjay's Coding Tips. I was a fan of Qarbon, but it's been a while since I needed this type of s/w... it's nice to have an alternative. Though I have found the free Windows Media Encoder's screengrabs work well for demo or tutorial creation, if you don't need cross-platform.

See also Screenbooks, by XML maven Joe Orr. I haven't used it, but it looks promising.
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Ted Leung on SVK

"[cvs and subversion w/] functionality at the level of arch"... I like the sound of that. and Ted, fwiw, I'm one of those people who think network-bound text-processing apps written in perl are a good thing.
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Global Police Scanner via Groove Folder Sync?

Why Groove didn't make Folder Sync the first application they shipped, I'll never understand. Instead of something useful, we got crappy PIM apps that didn't sync with your desktop. Then Groove got MS money, and prompty rolled out lots of office integration which will have a tough time competing with Sharepoint.

Hey iFolder guys! ...are you listening?
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MS hoovers up Hugunin, IronPython for the CLR

W-o-w. Jython is pretty mature. MS will presumably pay to make CLR Python equally so. Life's good for pure Python module authors.

As a lazy-web aside, I've always thought it would be cool to write/host something like ActiveState's PPM for scripting libraries that can be compiled for use in other development environments. ServerObjects is a company that seems to have been quite successful reselling all the cabilities of perl cgi missing from Active Server Pages (sending email, grabbing a web page, duh), but I'm pretty sure they wrote their COM components in C.

I was thinking ActiveState's Perl.NET along with the two Python implementations would be a good way to make assemblies useful to MS/Mono/JVM users. There would probably be a lot more human intervention in thus uber packager than in PPM's build process, because simply running test libraries wouldn't mean that the CLR or JVM-exposed API made any sense to the consuming C#/Java developer.

Anyway, I'm pretty confident that MS's vision is migrating the dev world to using not just the CLR but their class libraries (a la Sun). It would be very interesting to see if the long lived gravitation pull of CPAN et al can best MS's class libraries du jeur.
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