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tinman spent a few years mucking around industry before going back to school for a Masters. Currently not enjoying the weather in North England..

He wrote Perl that looked suspiciously like C code in 1998, while working as an intern, and has been trying to cure that bad habit ever since.

Journal of tinman (2063)

Wednesday April 10, 2002
02:43 AM

O St. McConnell, I bow before thee...

[ #4077 ]

Yow... decided recently that I needed to get out of the cargo cult coder mentality that I think I'm dropping into.. (had an absolutely hilarious review where I thought I sorta sucked at keeping my Swing frontend bug free, and management turned out to be pretty happy with it.... well, pretty nice for the ego to be told that you're doing a good job when you thought you weren't, heh heh heh)

So, took a corporate copy of "Code complete" home, and borrowed "Rapid development" by the same author from my old uni. library..and read it cover to cover (and am re-re-reading it ;o) Now, I guess I realize lots of stuff I didn't even know I was doing wrong, so that's a good thing... time to try out some of the things in it.. (I LOVE the idea of a daily build/smoke test, for instance)

In other news: a few ppl I know (and yours truly) like the Mozilla feature of tabbed browsing, so I decided to try out the new Mozilla (0.9 ?).. I already use a tabbed browser, but that's just IE windows with a tabbed interface (think NeoPlanet)..so, I installed and tried it out (P3 700-ish with 256mb of RAM)... flame on, but it was a bit disappointing... it took quite a bit of hard disk churn to switch to Mozilla from another app, the tabbed browsing feature wasn't as intuitive as I'd have wanted (new hotkey, aaargh :o).. so, back to Netcaptor :o)

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  • I know I'll have eggs thrown at me for saying this, but I have yet to find a browser that was better than Microsoft's IE. Yes, they're a monopoly, yes their OS sucks, but their *software* is top notch.
    • Netscape (Mozilla) - Slow to load pages, buggy and a memory pig. At least offer us a version without the mail/news client to save on memory.
    • Netscape (old) - Horrible font rendering, occasionally crashes (on Solaris anyway).
    • Opera - Not bad. Only used on BeOS so I haven't seen latest version.
    • Galeon - A b
  • While you're on this roll, you might find Hunt and Thomas's, "The Pragmatic Programmer: From Journeyman to Master" to be to your liking. Lots of small chunks that can be digested individually.