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Dave Hoover
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Tue, 31 Jan 2006

Canvarticles

Alex has just released Canvarticles, a Javascript library providing particle effects via canvas. It has been fun to watch people push canvas in interesting directions over the last few months. I'm currently working on another article for xml.com based on a canvas library that Aslak needs for Damage Control.

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Tue, 24 Jan 2006

Scripting for Testers at STAREAST 2006

Chris McMahon has asked me to co-teach the STAREAST 2006 Scripting for Testers workshop (provided we get enough people for 2 instructors). If you are interested in improving your Ruby-for-testing skills, consider attending.

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Thu, 19 Jan 2006

Canvas, Ajax, and the Supertrain: Reloaded

After I wrote my Supertrains article last month, O'Reilly's XML.com decided to publish it. I reworked the Javascript into a more object-oriented style, replaced the homegrown wire protocol with JSON, and added a "hotspots" feature. I can't resist quoting Brooks...
To only a fraction of the human race does God give the privilege of earning one's bread doing what one would have gladly pursued free, for passion. I am very thankful. --The Mythical Man Month, p. 291

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Sat, 14 Jan 2006

Lightweight Visual Thesaurus v0.2

I joined the canvas-developers Yahoo! group a couple weeks ago. On Thursday, Benjamin Joffe posted an example of writing text to the canvas element. This had been my biggest frustration with canvas up to now, but Benjamin blew that problem away. I plugged his CanvasRenderingContext2D.prototype.drawString function into The Lightweight Visual Thesaurus this morning, and bam! v0.2 was born.

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Thu, 12 Jan 2006

Looking Back, Immediate Goals

I don't make new year's resolutions, but after reading a few resolution-ridden blog entries, I retrospected on 2005 and considered what's in store for 2006. I'm posting this stuff here so I can Google it whenever I need a bit of motivation.

My themes in 2005...
  • C.S. Lewis
  • Public speaking
  • Started writing a book
My goals for 2006...
  • Finish writing a book
  • Learn about user interface design
  • Selenium ships with Rails

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