Trying To Get My Head In The Clouds ...

by Jon Davis 29. April 2008 05:59

Just when I was about to get super excited about the next New ThingTM from Microsoft, which is the big new Mesh initiative ..

.. suddenly the Aptana team (creator of the Aptana Studio IDE, the best open source IDE for Javascript development, and creator of Jaxer, the first AJAX server) pulls another magic trick out of its hat and blows me away again!!

What's intriguing is that about a year or so ago I was blogging about some distributed-database-over-the-web mesh ideas that I had, that no one except a couple people talked to me about to comment on my ideas. I set up a wiki at (down) (.. it's back up). Frankly, it fulfilled at a technical level exactly what Microsoft is trying to achieve. But while I knew I was on the right track as to where things could go and will inevitably be going, I pulled the plug on the initiative and retracted my blog posts and wiki (but it's back up now) because, frankly, I was ashamed of my lack of qualifications. I open up distributed database theory books and cannot get past the first sentence or two, they are beyond my comprehension skills.

With regard to this mesh / cloud stuff, though, I'm just really glad that I was on the right track, even if I couldn't lay claim to fame on the ideas, try as I might have considered.

UPDATE: No.. no, no, no ..... I misunderstood what Microsoft's mesh was all about. I picked up from the MIX stuff, from articles such as I think one was in SD Times, and from blog posts, that Microsoft's mesh was about web developers. But now that they've given me an "invite", I only see the ability to connect devices, such as a PC and, later, a Mac or a mobile phone to the mesh, so that you can put files out on your own personal mesh. And I can't even use the "device" installer on my PC because it doesn't allow itself to be run in a Windows Vista environment where UAC is turned off.

I don't get it. Not what I had in mind after all. Besides, if I wanted Internet-accessible file storage, I have my choice of Groove or Subversion (the latter of which, by the way, is more handy and usable for synchronizing my files between home and than FTP or anything else I've used).

So, um, nevermind what I said about distributed databases ( ?? ) .. garbage analogy, nothing to do with this.

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Aptana Pro does IE debugging

by Jon Davis 31. October 2007 10:43

I didn’t see this coming. Aptana (a JavaScript / Adobe AIR / Ruby on Rails / but mostly Javascript IDE based on Eclipse) supports script debugging from Internet Explorer. This is fantastic news; Microsoft has been giving Javascript debugging for Internet Explorer a half-hearted nod for too long. Unfortunately, only the Professional version offers this, which means more $$.

I’m not sure how Aptana is going to compare with Visual Studio 2008 for this -- no doubt VS 2008 will do Silverlight and ASP.NET integration a lot better -- but Aptana as a Javascript IDE is actually really very nice for what little I’ve seen of it, and I think they’ll give Visual Studio 2008, despite VS2008’s serious improvements in JS support, a run for its money.

I hope Microsoft folks are seriously looking at Aptana’s features to see how they can improve the Visual Studio IDE. Some things I like in Aptana over VS:

- Actually turning ON and USING the built-in feature to download community SDKs and prefab projects
- Browser support and DOM versioning described directly in the code completion menus for each Javascript interface
- Respect for, use of, and support for very popular open source APIs such as Prototype.
- SVN support (hello?)
- Warning flags in the margins (not just with red squiggly underlines)
- JSON support (full editor in Pro version)

Obviously I think ultimately VS 2008 (*not* 2005) brings more to the table with regard to being a Javascript IDE but so far *only* for managing home-grown Javascript libs and the ASP.NET AJAX Library, and for integrating with ASP.NET.


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Jon Davis (aka "stimpy77") has been a programmer, developer, and consultant for web and Windows software solutions professionally since 1997, with experience ranging from OS and hardware support to DHTML programming to IIS/ASP web apps to Java network programming to Visual Basic applications to C# desktop apps.
Software in all forms is also his sole hobby, whether playing PC games or tinkering with programming them. "I was playing Defender on the Commodore 64," he reminisces, "when I decided at the age of 12 or so that I want to be a computer programmer when I grow up."

Jon was previously employed as a senior .NET developer at a very well-known Internet services company whom you're more likely than not to have directly done business with. However, this blog and all of have no affiliation with, and are not representative of, his former employer in any way.

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