This weeks interesting web pages are:
ASP.Net MVC: Release Candidate One
This week Microsoft released an official release candidate for their ASP.Net MVC framework. Check out this blog post for a list of whats has changed. ASP.Net MVC has been in beta for a while and I’ve been trying to wait patiently for a more concrete release before trying it out myself. Mostly so that if I do like it and use it for a project that I then don’t have to do much rewriting if the API changes between beta and release. So I will hopefully get some time to try this framework out in the next month.
Apanta Studio is a web development IDE which is completely free and based on the Eclipse platform. I was inquiring about a decent php and python editor and had this package recommended to me so it is also on my ever expanding list of things to try out. It also supports AJAX, Ruby on Rails, CSS and HTML editing so unless I end up deciding to write my sites in ASP.Net I will most likely be spending a lot of time getting to know this package.
Read the Diffs
Eric makes an interesting suggestion about reading the diffs of the changes your co-workers made the day before every morning. This sounds like a good way of keeping up with what your co-workers are doing, helping improve code consistency and you may well learn something cool as well.
Can you cure copy & paste disease?
I think any experienced programmer has encountered the horror of a code base that has massive amounts of code copy & pasted around inside it. Mass usage of copy and paste is generally a bad idea: especially if the person doing it does not fully understand what the code they are copying actually does. This post discusses the idea of disabling or limiting the usage of copy & paste and if it would improve code quality which is an interesting idea.
Winston Churchill’s Daily Routine
I found this really interesting given all that Churchill achieved during his life to see his daily routine. Being British he is one of our national heroes for leading the country through the dark years of the Second World War. I wonder if the routine mentioned in this post covers the years during World War One and Two?