25 June 2006
Every month or so someone gripes that unlike most 'blogs', this website doesn't have the facility for user comments. Well, that's because I don't trust you guys. Would you trust you guys? Didn't think so.
However, I've had a good week, so let's see what happens. Below is a prototype of my new "Web-based Open-source Multi-user Real-time Plain-text Editor", or WbOsMuRtPtE for short (catchy huh?).
If you are really lucky, you'll be typing while someone else is typing. [You can pop open another copy of the window to simulate this effect.] There's 3,500 lines of server-side and client-side synchronisation code which quietly kicks in to prevent you from fighting with each other. Note that this is only a prototype. That's why it uses a simple HTML 'textarea' which results in the cursor losing position every time a remote change arrives.
Most people reading this will also be keeping an eye on the cape this week. Especially in light of the unprecedented waivers. Now might be a good time to view Chris Valentine's video of Challenger and Columbia. Unlike so many others, it's not just an exercise in schadenfreude; this one's got depth.