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Joel on Software

2001/10/17

by Joel Spolsky
Wednesday, October 17, 2001

The worst part about coding in Visual Basic is that people think you're not cool because your code doesn't have {'s and }'s. I can live with the shame if it means I'm more productive.

Working on CityDesk, Part 3

PS If you've applied for the CityDesk beta, and haven't heard back, that's because we're waiting to fix a bunch of known bugs before we release to the next group of beta testers. It will make your life much easier and we won't get the same feedback twice.

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I've implemented a few more small, invisible-seeming refinements. The big news is that if you include your email address in a posting, it won't be easily harvestable by spammers.


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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