Posts tagged with "software"
The project wizard

Here’s something I find software increasingly doing that irritates me a little bit: the startup project wizard. For an example, look at just modern programming IDEs like PyCharm, RAD gamedev tools like Unity and GameMaker Studio and even newer versions of the pentesting-focused HTTP proxy tool Burpsuite. Open any of these programs and you’ll be greeted by a project wizard. Before you can actually use the program to do any programming/gamedev/traffic interception/etc, you have to go through a bunch of menus to create a new project with...

Text editing software (II)

This is the second article in my ongoing series about text editing software. Text editing software being here defined as programs that let you edit text, contain special features for editing programming code, and are not especially designed for just one language or language family. In the first article, we looked at Vim, the program I use to edit text most frequently. For this one, we’re going to be exploring an editor I don’t use quite so much – one that’s not really in the generally accepted pantheon...

Text editing software (I)

I spend a lot of my time working with text in some way, whether it be writing, programming, reading, making notes, or running terminal commands. Because of this, I consider my text editor my most essential tool. Previously, I wrote on writing software, and while this post on text editors will doubtless overlap in some ways with that, I consider the two areas – that of writing and that of text editing – distinct in a few important ways. The most obvious difference between writing and text editing is, in...

Writing software

As a technical person who enjoys doing various types of writing, I’ve got some strong opinions on the tools I use to write. There was a time when I did the bulk of my writing physically, with a pen and stacks of paper (sacrificed three pens to Nanowrimo ‘08) but as my typing ability has improved and my handwriting further deteriorates (and it was pretty awful to begin with) I’ve moved to writing exclusively on the PC. And in the time I’ve been writing like that,...

Fudge productive test

When the popular Android keyboard software SwiftKey went free-to-download a few weeks ago, I figured I’d give it a shot. Many of my friends used it and had raved about how well its predictive text worked and how generally nice it was to use. At first brush I wasn’t really sure what it offered over and above the default Samsung keyboard, but I assumed it must be something worthwhile if so many people were raving about it. Historically I haven’t used predictive text very much. I used it for...