Monthly Archives: January 2008

The Tyranny of Distance

Apple ships good developer documentation with OS X, and Xcode provides a good UI for searching it, but as I’m a beginner I like to read the conceptual documentation all the way through.

I don’t like reading long documents on a screen, so I print out the documents I want to read 2-up on single sided [...]

The Language of The Year for 2008 is Scala

Last week a colleague pointed my at this post by Steve Yegge. It discusses ‘code’s worst enemy’ (size) and asks which new language, by being more expressive, can reduce line count.

Dijkstra said (via Overcoming Bias):

“If we wish to count lines of code, we should not regard them as ‘lines produced’ but as ‘lines [...]

Confluence, Spotlight and Hessian

My choice for the highlight of OS X 10.5, Leopard, is that Spotlight is worth using. It’s fast enough that it’s replaced Quicksilver (I was never a power Quicksilver user) as my application launcher.

I’ve also found it useful for general searching for emails, contacts, PDF documents and so on.

This inspired my second current spare-time project, [...]