I started reading Peter Gabriel's "Practice of Software" last night
after watching "Mononoke no Hime" on DVD. The book was
interesting; I was expecting another Go4 Design Patterns book but
it turned out to be a collection of articles for "The Journal of
I found the book while searching for a Delphi 5 guidebook and
impulsively added it to my stack. Why are guidebooks so bloody
thick and heavy? Good thing these are just library books. <Insert ad
for supporting your local library>
I am waiting for my copy of Delphi (standard) to arrive. My Pascal
skills are rusty but I don't think I'm going to have much of a
I poked around in the internals of Squeak 2.8 (a Smalltalk/80
variant) and finally managed to figure out how to open a window
under the MVC (Model-View-Controller) system. I have not looked
at the Morphic libraries yet but I am surprised at the lack of UIE
(user interface elements) under MVC; is this what inspired the
Macintosh and Windows user graphical interfaces? As far as I can
tell, there are no radio buttons, drop down lists, combo boxes and
other elements that I'm become accustomed to. Perhaps I should
try hacking some of these UIE but the Squeak team is abandoning
MVC and moving to Morphic. Should I even bother with MVC at all?
I simply love the Squeak code browsers. Are there any code
browsers out that that are similar for Java, C and C++?
Does anyone believe in Literate Programming at all?
P.S. Mononoke no Hime is excellent!