Archive for November, 2009

Dropbox: What MobileMe should have been

MobileMe has always been something of a disappointment to me. It’s so close to great, and yet falls short:

  • Push e-mail to my iPhone is great, but not without spam filtering or rule support.
  • iDisk should be a great way to keep the files that I’m working on in sync between my various Macs, but it’s just too clunky.

I’m working around the first issue by switching to Gmail, but haven’t found a satisfactory solution to the second. Until now.

This morning, I discovered Dropbox. It’s extremely easy to install, works seamlessly, gives me transparent duplication between my various computers (including Windows and Linux), provides me with access to my files when I’m offline and integrates with my iPhone. It’s very rare for me to get excited about a piece of software, but I’m genuinely impressed.

Oh – one final bit of trivia. If, like me, you’ve been relying on Mongrel to deploy your Ruby on Rails applications, you might be interested to know that Zed is a member of the Dropbox team.

Debug It! Sample Code

Debug It!

Sample source for section 10.3 “Resource Leaks and Exception Handling” is online here.

It’s setup to run in Visual C++ 2008, but should be relatively easy to port to other environments.

Any questions, you know where I am!

Ted Neward reviews Debug It!

Debug It!

Ted Neward has just published a review of Debug It! on his blog.

His summary is:

Overall, this book is going to be a huge win, and I think it’s a worthy successor to the Release It! reputation. Development managers and team leads should get a copy for the junior developers on their team as a Christmas gift, but only after the senior developers have read through it as well. (Senior devs, don’t despair—at 190 pages, you can rip through this in a single night, and I can almost guarantee that you’ll learn a few ideas you can put into practice the next morning to boot.)