One of my New Year's resolutions was to attend the monthly London meet ups run by Sam Newman. Tales of wonder were appearing on the net and the Christmas bash was attended by several web-celebs, including Eric Meyer! (I'm a big fan plus he posted my name on his blog - kudos).
There were no sessions in January or February but last Thursday I tracked down the Old Bank of England and ventured inside. During a quick couple of laps of the bar, eavesdropping for computer conversations, I spotted a sign for our reserved area and headed upstairs. Sam pounced on me as soon as I reached the top step and introduced himself and the others. An impressive host. The chat was of a high standard and people had the good grace to laugh at my jokes. Suffice to say, I had a good time and I'm looking forward to the next one. Keep your eye on the London 2.0 website for announcements.
Hello all. What a busy year, and it's only March! As some may have noticed development of SnippetsEmu has pretty much come to a halt. This is due to a couple of things; 1.0 works fairly well and I've been stuck in Swindon and will be until June.
That's not to say that I've been ignoring the bug reports, and the majority of people who've emailed me have had replies (apologies to those who slipped through the net). I may be able to get some time in a couple of weeks and I'm going to concentrate on a couple of things and roll out another release. The plan is to tidy up the bundles (including getting rid of the '.' snippet in Python; that's been annoying me no end), get rid of the Unicode start and end tags (caused too many problems) and try and work out a solution which prevents auto-syntax from breaking. This last one is the biggest problem and will require the rewriting of the snippets, but I think that the result will be worth it (if only because it will silence all the Ruby programmers who've been complaining ;-). The idea is to 'paste' the snippets into the file so they will have to be defined with 'local' indenting. I.e. the plugin will ensure they don't all start at the beginning of the line but you'll have to ensure your loops are indented to your requirements. Define them with tabs and the plugin will convert to spaces if required.
I'm going to try and post here a bit more often, though doing so will involve me expanding the range of topics. So look forward to posts on (in no particular order) food, Python, web development, Excel, Word, office apps in general and whatever else takes my fancy.