Thursday, August 30, 2001

Aug 30 2001

OK, I promised to talk about Showstopper! and Windows NT. I’ll get a copy of the book later on today and copy down the exact statement that made my mental jaw drop to the floor.

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My parents have gone down to North Carolina for the weekend to attend a wedding and sightsee, so I’ll be home alone until Sunday. This means I have to take care of the plants and feed and walk the dogs — which, in turn, requires that I come home from work every few hours to walk them. I don’t mind; this is a fun break from routine, and I’m always more productive when there’s nobody around.

I spent about an hour last night designing the save mechanism for Calliope. It was a classic scenario for design advocates. I started with a rough idea of the implementation, which I expected to need about one side of one page of paper. Half an hour into the design, I had a nice design which covered both sides of a piece of paper. I then saw areas that I could refine and simplify, so that I ended up with a design that fitted on half of one side of a piece of paper, and will be more flexible than my original plan.

Now I have to design the loading mechanism. Well, and implement saving.

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