Tuesday, February 4, 2003 [Tweets] [Favorites]

Dave Thomas

Dave Thomas is co-author of The Pragmatic Programmer and Programming Ruby. Both books are good. The Pragmatic Programmer is older and very highly regarded. It doesn’t contain any particularly amazing insights, but it’s one-stop shopping (in only 320 pages) for the basics of software development. This is stuff that you must know if you take your craft seriously.

Anyway, the point of this entry is that Thomas now has a blog. In one entry, he relates an amusing example of how hideous DocBook can be:

It seems to me that DocBook is falling in to the same trap as the rest of the XML world, confusing tedious verbosity for semantic information.

In another, he discusses Keynote and how he’s now hooked on the Mac.

And yet despite all this, I’m sticking with it. There’s something about the Mac and its software. Even when it isn’t quite right, there’s some indefinable quality that makes you want to keep using it.


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