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by Joel Spolsky
Monday, October 03, 2005

Darryl G. Wright reviews Fog Creek Copilot: “It does exactly what it says it does - with gusto!”

Coolest-Gadgets.com: “I’ve used remote support software before but it’s usually hassle getting it through your average NAT router. The copilot service just worked when I tried it, and you get a 2 minute free trial to check it out.”

I'll be giving a keynote address at EclipseCon 2006 next March in Santa Clara.

We're starting to do a lot more Ajax development here. The first Ajax book is out (in ebook form while the printers work on the dead-trees edition.) It's called Foundations of Ajax, by Ryan Asleson and Nathaniel T. Schutta. Ajax applications are “highly dynamic web applications that are nearly as feature-rich as their thick client brethren. Using Ajax techniques, we can provide our customers the rich user experience they have come to expect while still enjoying the ease of deployment that we’ve come to expect.” All those cool features in GMail, Google Maps, Flickr, and Oddpost that make them feel much more responsive than typical web applications are thanks to Ajax techniques.


Have you been wondering about Distributed Version Control? It has been a huge productivity boon for us, so I wrote Hg Init, a Mercurial tutorial—check it out!

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