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  • SPLASH 2011: Andrew Black and James Noble - The Grace Programming Language Project

    The video is interesting in that it makes me wonder about what makes a language great for instruction - however, can it be said that pedagogical programming languages are like training wheels for bikes, in that they aren't strictly necessary to learn? Taking the example of "method" (as discussed in the video around 14 minutes in) - if a student is having trouble recognising what a method is, even if an alternative syntax helps them learn, will they just keep on having similar difficulties (i.e. that person just isn't cut-out for CS)?

    I would like to learn what the duo in the video think of teaching OOP through tooling (e.g. BlueJ / Object Test Bench) as opposed to using a different language.

  • Windows is named Windows : But Why?

    Interesting short video, but can you redo it without the sound effects? This isn't TruTV and I don't like feeling like I'm losing 10 IQ points by simply watching a video.

  • How to Use Digital Cable Tuners with CableCARD in Windows 7 Media Center

    Satellite TV doesn't seem to have similar arbitrary restrictions like Cable does, since both the US and Europe use DVB-S for Satellite TV you should be fine with whatever Hauppauge makes.


    BTW, what's the current status of DVB-T, DVB-T2, and MHEG support in Win7's MCE?

  • Behind the Windows 7 Startup Animation

    Interesting story, I'm surprised at the process MS went through to develop this animation; I was expecting a story involving dozens of focus-group tests and things like that.

  • The Notepad Bug - But Why?

    Here's another bug: why isn't there any support for \n style newlines? It's a pain to open simple text documents in WordPad. Will this be fixed in Windows 8 maybe?

  • 10-4 Episode 28: An Introduction to the Historical Debugger

    Such as in a Service Pack release for VS or will it have to wait until VS2014?

  • 10-4 Episode 28: An Introduction to the Historical Debugger

    The video description says it's in VSTS2010, will it be available in the other SKUs? We Professional users don't like to feel left-out Smiley

  • The Mouse Project

    Interesting concepts; I'm surprised they didn't touch on the Microsoft EasyBall though.
  • This Week on C9: Office 2010, PowerShell for OpenXML, and would you help a robot


    Web Access software isn't of much use to people who don't control their own servers. Enterprises will eat this up, but home users can't really sync Outlook Web Access with Desktop Outlook unless they use their OWA provider's Exchange servers. Similarly people who want to use Office Web Access will need to trust their provider's SharePoint servers.

    ....otherwise, the idea of having to upload a 40MB word document to WWA just to make a few changes and then have to redownload it again does not appeal.
  • This Week on C9: Office 2010, PowerShell for OpenXML, and would you help a robot

    I'm of the opinion that screenshot of Excel Web Access is using Silverlight. It's a screenshot of IE7, not 8 which lacks a fair few useful CSS2 features, and the screenshot shows some things that would be very hard (if not impossible) to implement using plain XHTML/CSS/DOM Scripting, like client-side conditional formatting for bar-charts: note how the bars differ by scale rather than by scrolling (or simply being clipped). CSS2 has no support for background image scaling and making them inline images would just mess the layout up. It has to be Siverlight.
  • A lap around Windows 7 new Scenic Ribbon

    It's nice to see a "native" ribbon that sticks to the Windows UI scheme in a conservative, yet aesthetic way.

    I do have a few questions and opinions though:

    I'm not sure that using the Ribbon with Paint was the best of ideas. Painting programs are best suited to pallettes, even if they're docked, than toolbars. Adobe's (and formerly Macromedia's) software demonstrate this. I cannot see Photoshop working with a ribbon (despite having probably more options and features than Word 2007). With the old-style version of Paint pretty much everything was one click away. Whilst with the ribbon some features are now one click away, other tools aren't: consider the Brush options. Now you need to click three times to select the brush tool, and then select a brush type. If you want to change views you need to open the View tab and then fiddle with the tools there, and then click back to the main tools tab.

    Whilst I welcome moving the "File" tools over to a button that's in the tab row (rather than an "Office button"-style widget) I don't believe that programs should be painting to the non-client area at all. What alternatives are there for highlighting context sensitive tabs than painting above them in the titlebar?

    Finally, you mentioned this would be available for Vista, but there was no mention of the still-supported Windows XP (and I might say Windows 2000 too). What would happen if I tried running the ribbonised paint on XP, for example?
  • Windows Home Server: PDC 08, New Features, Meet some of the Team

    Hmm, Dahat seems less intimidating in real life.