From the Department of Uselessness

How many comments are there when one of the comments has been removed?

In this instance, apparently the count was 2.


If a second comment was not a reply to a first comment (which from the structure of the UI, I don’t believe it was), why indicate “this comment has been removed” and include it in the count? 

Aye. Programmers. Can’t live with them. Can’t live without them.

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I’ve been using twitter a bit more recently, and posting less to my blog. I just haven’t been compelled to write much. I’ve got a few things queued up though and as soon as I finish the details, I’ll get some new posts up.

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Windows Phone 7 Marketplace: Ditch the Annual Fee for Free App Developers!

Dear Microsoft,

A few facts:

  • I’m a competent Silverlight developer. I’ve even dabbled in XNA.
  • I’m an owner of a iPhone 3GS.
  • I would like a new phone.
  • I’d like to buy a phone powered by the Windows Phone 7 OS when it’s made available.
  • I’d like to make some free applications for my phone and others to use. A few for hobbies (like photography), and a few utilities for myself for work.
  • I don’t however want to spend $99 a year for the privilege of doing so.

Why not open it up for people like myself?

Here’s a few alternatives:

  • Make it free for those who make only free applications
  • Make it free for those who agree to include a Bing-Ad placement component in the application, in a prominent position.
  • Make it free for those who buy a copy of Visual Studio 2010 and Blend (like myself – I don’t use the Express editions).
  • Make it free so that there’s no barrier to entry – that people and companies don’t need to worry about the extra fee – just jump on the Windows Phone 7 bandwagon.

Without this change, I probably won’t buy a Windows Phone 7, and will start building more HTML 5 web apps, that will work just fine on my iPhone 3GS (powered by iOS4). Sad smile

Are DIVs really better than TABLEs?

The screen shot at the end of this post shows some of the HTML behind the main page. I never looked before, so it came as a shock to me how many DIVs were used to construct the page. There are more than are visible as the document scrolled and I had only opened a particular sub-branch of the page.

According to the Chrome Developer Tools, there are 590 DIVs (in my inbox)!


So, are DIVs really better than TABLEs? Tables would be used to present data, and not just for layout in the case of Gmail.

Gmail has 11 TABLE elements on the page:


What would you do if you were creating a messaging application like Gmail?