Friday, April 29, 2005

Mono hackers conference Boston 2004

Mono invited Mainsoft to participate the Mono hackers conference 2004 at Boston.
Me at the Ximian office.

I wish to thank Miguel, Eric, Gonzalito, Jackson , Atsushi, Ben, Duncan, Lluis , Martin, jordi and the other mono monkeys,
It was a great experience and also fun, meeting you.
I have learned a lot from you, and I hope you feel the same.
I see it as a beginning of a new friendship, with deeper “checkins” in
the CVS ;), and I wish all of us good luck with creating a world which
has no OS and language boundaries.

Thank you very much for your kind hospitality, See you in base64 ;)


Gonzalo Paniagua from mono and Eyal Alaluf and Kosta Trigger,
trying to find a sneaky bug.


Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Dogfooding - eating your own dogfood

Dogfood (verb)
To use the software you are building. Derived from "eating your own dogfood."
If you've never had to do it, the metaphor is very evocative of the actual practice.
Dogfooding means we always have the latest features fresh from the daily drop.
It also means the primary tool I use to do my job (the debugger) will break. I then get to stop what I'm doing and figure out why, and I get to use that broken tool to figure out why it's broken. I'm not required to use the broken version. It's perfectly acceptable to use a recent non-broken version to debug the broken one. Strangely enough however, it is often practical to do exactly what I said above when debugging on a machine that has only the broken version.

Saturday, April 02, 2005

European Union Language Standard

Here it is - the latest news from Europe ;-)
The News Standard has received this bulletin fresh from our Brussels-based hack. The European Union commissioners have announced that agreement has been reached to adopt English as the preferred language for European communications, rather than German, which was the other possibility. As part of the negotiations, Her Majesty's Government conceded that English spelling had some room for improvement and has accepted a five-year phased plan for what will be known as EuroEnglish (Euro for short).
In the first year, "s" will be used instead of the soft "c".
Sertainly, sivil servants will resieve this news with joy. Also, the hard "c" will be replaced with "k". Not only will this klear up konfusion, but typewriters kan have one less letter. There will be growing publik enthusiasm in the sekond year, when the troublesome "ph" will be replaced by "f". This will make words like "fotograf" per sent shorter.
In the third year, publik akseptanse of the new spelling kan be expekted
to reach the stage where more komplikated changes are possible.Governments will enkorage the removal of double letters, which have always ben a deterent to akurate speling. Also, al wil agre that the horible mes of silent "e"s in the languag is disgrasful, and they would go.
By the fourth year, peopl wil be reseptiv to steps such as replasing "th" by "z" and "w" by v During ze fifz year, ze unesesary "o" kan be dropd from vords kontaining "ou", and similar changes vud of kors be aplid to ozer kombinations of leters.After zis fifz yer, ve vil hav
a reli sensibl riten styl.
Zer vil be no mor trubls or difikultis and evrivun vil find it ezi tu understand ech ozer. Ze drem vil finali kum tru.