I really had to try the new Google Scribe in the form of a letter from the list below and simply copy & paste mentioned HTML code into your web page to display the button above to your Bookmarks.
Well yes, as the above shows, it helps greatly with writing long sentences, if you have to fill space and a deadline to hit and your own 2000-words programmer vocabulary doesn’t quite cut it. But then, even The Independent has now had a go at randomly creating sentences, so this has ceased to be funny, or original, or witty pretty much the moment it was born. I won’t do it again then.
What the Internet apparently hasn’t quite caught onto yet is that predictive writing in the Scribe way is not a new idea at all, and was already available on the MacBook Wheel:
Apple Introduces Revolutionary New Laptop With No Keyboard
On a different note, I missed out on Don Syme’s talk at the London F# User Group on Thursday. I was tied up typing some code, it got late… a day in the life. Luckily they put the whole talk plus presentation slides on the Internet, so one can catch up.
This is a very good overview of what the language is about, how it fits into the bigger .NET picture, and some possible applications; the emphasis is a bit on finance, which is natural given the location. I guess if you come across a fellow programmer who has heard of F# and doesn’t really see why to bother, then this is probably a lost cause anyway – but if you want to try doing some persuasion, this talk is a good starting point.
The organisers can’t be praised enough for setting up the user group, and so far they have been able to get an impressive line up of speakers at these events, so if you’re anywhere in flying distance of London you should seriously think about signing up.
I just had a thought that F# object expressions look like a good way to create a sort of runtime configurable factory pattern, if that makes sense, sort of, in a way. Might be worth looking for prior art and/or trying around myself.