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Feb 2008


Sat 2-Feb-2008 20:27
will this work on my new TI 84+ SE
Linus Åkesson
Sun 3-Feb-2008 21:11
will this work on my new TI 84+ SE

I doubt it. TI doesn't support machine code compatibility between different models; even TI-83 and TI-83+ are incompatible.

The hardware chiptune project

Wed 6-Feb-2008 23:15
You've got a lot of patience to do all of that. I'd say fuck it half through. Keep up the good work though.

Mina rim är som lim på ditt skinn (texten)

Sun 10-Feb-2008 12:34

A case against syntax highlighting

Thu 21-Feb-2008 22:46
I fully disagree with your article. There is nothing controversial about ignorance.

You are turning a personal preference into an objective matter, without even discussing the subjectivity of the matter at all. To stack upon, a misleading example of freakshow highlighting (which you connect directly to the article by its subtitle) and a totally irrelevant comparison of learning curves, even though syntax highlighting was introduced to evade common syntax errors and enabling skimming through large source codes more easily. This new feature aimed towards professional developers, since the use of computers was mainly that of developers and academics.

And yes, I know what you'll say here; "Skimming is no good, you miss things and that's bad." Well, let's take your own example of the color splash. We both agree that it takes a longer time to read those words than the main, black text, right? But as we know, professional syntax highlighting almost never colors two words next to each other in different colors, it colors the key words in one and the rest in black. Common exceptions are comments, classes and variables. This means that you read mainly black, non-highlighted code, and occasionally your eyes fixates on a variable or class name.

In this case (general programming), it is a good thing that it takes a bit longer to skim through just that word, because it is important. We don't want to miss the semantic structure, as you wrote. The result of this skimming would be a list of class names instead of classes, to more easily find what we want to focus on. Next, we step into the class and understand the parts of it by the hierarchy we retrieved from our skimming through highlighted code. The same principle is implemented all the way down.

As mentioned above, it is a very good thing to be able to differ classes from properties. Without syntax highlighting, I cannot think of a quick way to determine the object type. It is also easier to identify upper/lowercase errors on-the-fly.