A View from Elsewhere

John Montgomery's Weblog

April, 2006

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    VB Developers Aren’t As Dumb As You Think

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    The other day I got into an argument with someone about programming languages and their users. I don’t know why – it’s one of those conversation topics like religion or politics or the Yankees that will only end badly for all involved. I guess I was in...
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    What Really Matters for Express

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    One of the things I own is the “Software Enthusiast” scenario for Orcas as well as a bit of work around the Express products (VB Express, C# Express, etc.). Each language team and the Visual Web Developer is still responsible for their Express product...
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    Titanic 2

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    If you haven't already seen it , you should. Not the funniest trailer-recut I've seen, but there's something there for everyone.
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    Explain Inheritance to an Eight-Year-Old

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    One of the charters of my team is to try to make the process of learning to program more fun. There are a lot of things we can, should, and will do here. One thing that has stood out for me is how many people have told me they don't understand object...
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    Can Advertising in Windows Client Software Work?

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    MSN Messenger does it. Quicken does it. There’s a fair amount of Windows client software that has advertising – the same kind of banner ads present on most Web sites. But there are challenges to ad-powered client software, ranging from technical (how...
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    How MySpace Is Destroying Language

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    After my previous posts on language where several commenters pointed out that language is an evolving thing and that I don't get it and I retorted that it's my blog and I'll be a curmudgeon if I want to (Ed Note: not exactly an intellectual conversation...
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    Dynamic Languages for Tots

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    Dynamic languages (see Wikipedia if you’ve been living under a rock for the past decade or so) such as Python offer some substantial advantages over static languages such as C. I’m not going to belabor the pros and cons – folks like Jon Udell have done...
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    Words

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    Dare Obasanjo earlier posted on some of the words Microsoft has killed. These include: Passion, innovation, synergy, and agility. From what I’ve seen, these are words the industry, not just Microsoft, has collectively placed onto a pyre and watched burn...
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    Hosted Software Development Tools

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    When I first thought about Tuscany, this was the first thing that sprang to mind: Hosted Team Foundation Server (TFS). I sensed that developers in small organizations want to have private access to TFS features such as check-in/check-out, defect tracking...
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    "Heighth" Is Not a Word

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    Another word I’ve grown to dislike: heighth. More accurately, it’s a non-standard pronunciation of “height” designed to make it vaguely rhyme with width and breadth. After all, shouldn’t the vertical equivalent to these also end with the “th” sound? ...
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    The Non-Professional Team

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    I work on the non-professional team. No, this doesn’t mean that we come to work late, drink heavily on the job, and dress in fuzzy slippers and bathrobes (though there have been times…). This means that, unlike the bulk of the rest of the Visual Studio...
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    The "Doh!" Moment

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    Have you ever worked on a problem and kept working on it and working on it until you knew you'd created a solution to the problem that was completely defensible and utterly wrong? Don't worry, it happens to a lot of smart people. You think and think and...
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    So About This Ed Bott Character...

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    So Ed Bott was wondering why so many Microsoft people start their sentences with the word "so." "So" is a weird word. It tries to mean "apparently" and "greatly" and "thus" all at once. I actually had someone tell me that starting sentences with that...
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    Fascinating: Map of Religion in the US

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    This is just interesting .
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    TryRuby for BASIC: I Want One

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    Have you seen Try Ruby ? I want one for BASIC. And maybe for JScript. Except I want the interpreter to be in the browser, not on a server.
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    Neither Mort Nor Elvis

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    In a post about the role of the personas that for several years have defined developer division's thinking about the VB user (Mort), the C# user (Elvis), and the C++ user (Einstein), Scott Bellware says: Microsoft will probably remain bogged down...
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    Is Enormous Larger than Huge?

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    Go into Outlook 2003 and sort by size. Look at the sizes: Tiny, Small, Medium, Large, Very Large, Huge, and Enormous. At what point did enormous become larger than huge? Why not Gigantic? Ginormous? Probably either decided by one bored dev with a deadline...
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    A Traditional Way to Learn to Program

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    Allen Downey has created a good traditional book for how to learn to program. What are the good non-traditional ways?
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    A History of Computers in Print Advertising

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    Points for every one of these computers you've worked on. Bonus points if you can name every foodstuff in this one .
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    Entrancing: Der Lauf Der Dinge (Run of Things)

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    This video on Google makes the " Cog " commercial from Honda seem like a minor hat trick.
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    Software Enthusiast Scenario Fake Demo Script

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    As a way to get my head around the whole scenario, I wrote up the entire scenario as a kind of very high-level demo script and tied each action back to an experience in a value proposition. How much of this gets into the product is a matter of costing...
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    The Truth About 1080p

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    With all the hullabaloo about HD-DVD standards, we've missed a conversation about one of those " improvements " that people are trying to sell us.
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    More Words

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    Why don't comb, tomb, and bomb rhyme? Why do they, say, and weigh rhyme? Why is rhyme not spelled "rime" as it was in the past? Become a member of the Simplified Spelling Society and fight these injustices (even if their site is running on PHP instead...
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    What Law Enforcement Has Been Doing Wrong...

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    From the AP : "Satellite tracking, helicopter surveillance and dart guns failed. In the end, it was a ham dinner and a remote-controlled net that brought a golden retriever named Sam in from the cold after two years on the run." I'm quite convinced...
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    7:04PM PST Friday: Hit ZEB

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    The definition .
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