Sat, July 10, 2004 (Creating a sed script to convert HTML to LaTeX)

My obsessive use of LaTeX continues. Here's a link to a sed script I'm creating to convert HTML to LaTeX.

I actually have a reason to do this. During a requirements phase I'm doing a lot of work with HTML prototypes, but the actual specification is being created using LaTeX, and I want to incorporate the HTML prototypes in the LaTeX document. Hence this conversion effort. I know that it can never fully succeed, but I think I'll be pretty happy with 90-95% success here.


Wed, July 7, 2004 (hyperbolic trees; support issues)

Here's a link to a cool "Green plant hyperbolic tree demo". Don't give up on it too quick. If you start exploring the tree, especially by following the Moniliformopses path, you'll start to see some very interesting power here. I'm looking for a new menu/navigation paradigm, and a co-worker sent me down this road.

In other news, here's a recent conversation between me and a Support Guy ("SG" for short):

Tue, July 6, 2004 (Speaking at BorCon 2004)

Over the weekend I saw that I'm on Borland's speaking schedule for their annual conference, BorCon 2004. I guess I better get to work on my presentations. :) Actually, I'm ready to go. I'm set to give one talk on Java Performance Tuning and another on Function Point technology. Giddyup.

I haven't frequented it before, but the Java & Internet Glossary at mindprod looks pretty good.


The vigilance of great developers, part 2

Unfortunately, time does not permit me the opportunity to delve deeply into my thoughts here. So, here's a short list of areas within the development process that developers think are "nonnegotiable":

  1. Code quality. No sloppy code, no repeated code.
  2. Source code control. Gotta have it.
  3. Repeatable build processes.
  4. Dedicated development, test, and production environments.

There is also a secondary list of items that are close to these ... but that will have to wait for another day.


The vigilance of great developers

One quality I've seen in great developers is that they are vigilant, merciless, and uncompromising in certain key areas. These are areas of the development process that are nonnegotiable. Even on their laziest days, these are the practices that they know that, if they break the rule once, they may break it again, or that this might open the door for another person to break this rule.

Flash - How to remove the Flash plugin

Big-time sick today, and I'm trying to slip in a little work between sleeping spells, but Flash is killing me on my slow home PC. Here's a link to uninstall the Flash plug-in. Seems like Macromedia could provide an uninstall program or otherwise make this easier (argh!). I don't think most people would be brave enough to follow these instructions ... but maybe that's the point.

Tue, June 1, 2004 (Book ideas, old notes)

RR tells me that Neuromancer by William Gibson might be a good sci-fi book to read on the upcoming vacation. It has some Matrix correlations. Oprah also had an interesting book idea about a deaf person during the depression. I can't remember the name of the book right now, but the first name of the author is "Carson".

While cleaning up my home office over the long weekend I also found an old note, and a good reminder, about the Hawthorne Effect. Another old note about JTest and JContract remind me of things I need to test!