Apr 2008

Multi-Inflection-Point Alert

Tim Bray: “Near as I can tell, we’re simultaneously at inflection points in programming languages and databases and network programming and processor architectures and Web development and IT business models and desktop environments.”

Today 1.0

Second Gear: “Built on top of the same data engine as Apple’s iCal and Mail programs, Today lets you quickly see what events and tasks are on today’s agenda with the click of a button.”

Update: Justin Williams writes about entering the world of indie Mac development.

Developers need to get Spin Dumps as well as Crash Dumps

Dan Wood: “It would be much more useful if application-specific spin reports could be put into a user’s home directory, and made readable to that user. Then, third-party developers could cobble together a mechanism for reporting a hang, just like many of us do for crash reports.”

Saving Seconds

Rands in Repose: “Go find the Photoshop guru on your floor and watch him or her work. Yes, the mouse is in play, but did you have any idea how much manipulation he did via the keyboard? Want to know why? Because anyone who has a deep, meaningful relationship with a computer is constantly looking for a way to save a few seconds.”

Which reminds me of something I said parenthetically in a post about managing large Cocoa projects: “Remember, every time you touch the mouse, God kills a kitten. Use the keyboard if you have a heart.”

BusySync 2.0 Released with Google Calendar Support

TidBITS: “BusyMac released BusySync 2.0 today, an update to its software that synchronizes iCal calendars across systems. The new version’s primary change beyond bug fixes and robustness is the capability to synchronize with Google Calendar.”

More awesome Mac software from the Pacific Northwest. ;)

By the way, John Chaffee of BusySync will be presenting at next week’s Seattle Xcoders meeting on automating tech support using FogBugz, shell scripts, etc.

My Work on NetNewsWire

Brian Warren: “The little itty-bitty thing I worked on was the...”

Port Map and TCMPortMapper

TheCodingMonkeys: “Some times you want to access your computers at home from anywhere in the world. Be it the web server on your home server, the file sharing on your desktop machine or a remote login to your parent’s computer to support them doing their work. This is where the application ‘Port Map’ might come handy.” (New software from the SubEthaEdit folks.)

Side note: check out the screenshot and note how iPhone-style On/Off widgets appear in the app. I’ve also seen this in VPN Tracker. I wonder if we’ll see it in more apps, and if it will become a standard part of the Mac user interface.

Using NetNewsWire with Your Blog, Twitter, and Del.icio.us

MacTips: “One of the greatest things about the greatest RSS reader on the Mac, NetNewsWire, is how many things it can integrate with. It can go hand-in-hand with your blog, your Twitter account, your Del.icio.us account and many others because of its scriptability.”

Throwing Away Your Code

Nick Bradbury: “It's like trying to part with all those old mementos in your closet that you kept because they used to mean something to you.”

Me, I love deleting code even more than I love writing it. I think sometimes that I write code only for the pleasure of deleting it later.

On Twitter

Tim Bray: “I enjoy it for the background-conversation-hum effect, sort of like being in a busy coffee shop. And there’ve been a few times when I’ve got professionally-important news way before I would have seen it on another channel, or that I might otherwise not have seen at all.”

I highly recommend Twitterrific. (I’m on Twitter, cunningly disguised as brentsimmons.)

Coda Confidential (Cabel on video)

cabel.name: “Earlier this year I gave a talk (my first public presentation ever, actually!) at Johnny Rentzsch’s intimate and engaging C4[1] conference in Chicago.”

Cocoa Tutorial: Fixing Memory Leaks With Instruments

Cocoa Is My Girlfriend: “As I am getting toward what I think is the end of coding for an application I hope to release soon, the nitty gritty work of fixing leaks, optimizing code, and squashing bugs has become the majority of what I’m doing now.”

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