Big Body Build

A new build of Clarion .Net has been released.

Wow. There’s a lot to the patch notes. Nice work!

There are some issues with the new build, dictionary problems in the main it seems. This is the first build where the dictionary functionality is quite full featured. From the Readme,

enable the dictionary editor so that you can now add, change and delete all items in a dictionary

It’s a good step forward in terms of bulk work. I like the amount of stuff in this build.

Robert Paresi has raised some valid points on the newsgroups in the last few days. There was a particularly good (not crazy arguing, just solid good) discussion going on as to the benefits of Appearance and the benefits of Functionality, and where those two mesh (or don’t) together.

The new site is around the corner. I know I keep saying this. But it is. I’m just not sure which corner. But it’s more along than last time.

News From The Middle-Line

Yes. This is another "final" post. Ha ha.

The new site will be launched soon. It’s a joint effort, not off my own back, because I wanted something special.

I hope to have it done within the next couple of weeks, as previously said.

Have been spending more time with Clarion .Net. Pretty excited about it, I’ve always liked how the C++ IDE (Visual Studio – ish) worked, and it’s nice to have a similar look’n’feel in Clarion. Looking forward to the next update.

The two halves of my role as Tech Evangelist are seeing different results.

The mediation between SV and Community began immediately. And has continued since then (a colossal, heh, 10 days). I’m having good conversations, talking to people, saying hello.

Taking Clarion to the wider development community is far more dependant on certain objectives. Like a pre-requisite at university. To get people to listen, there has to be (in my belief) a "Web Presence".

This Web Presence is obviously the new site. It’s going to be more than a blog. Still simple and clean, but providing more than opinion.

What the Web Presence should do is allow for new comers to immediately discover what they are missing in not having Clarion. It should tell newcomers that there is a strong and vibrant community as the backbone to Clarion. It should trumpet forth that .. We are Clarion. Hear us roar!

Okay, so that may be a little over the top. It’s possible.

Part of establishing a Web Presence is not just the building of a site. Once you have a site, and relevant content, you need to make people aware of it. Every time you leave a comment on a blog/site, every time you email someone, asking them to visit, every time you make the front page of Digg or Slashdot (ha ha, well, if anyone reading this has had that happen, Kudos!) .. it builds your Web Presence.

The way blogs especially work is that the more intelligent you are about commenting and getting your name out, the more virally it will spread. Larger sites will take notice. You might catch a big blogger who mentions you, resulting in a fair amount of Buzz traffic. You slowly build up a long term readership via RSS feeds, or just plain dedicated visiting.

It’s a cool and exciting time. With some cool and exciting possibilities for Clarion.

Clarion Sharp, Cutting Edge?

Bob’s posted a couple of times recently (here and here).

The first post deals with the name Clarion # (read Sharp). So no more "Clarion dot Net". It’s "Clarion Sharp" for the win!

I like this. It sits better with me than "Clarion dot Net".

But you know, if they had given me the naming rights, here’s some of my better ideas ..

  • Clarionated
  • The New Clarion
  • Snickt!
  • SeeSharp
  • 2BobsCode
  • ORLY #
  • Sharper Clarion
  • Clarion The Sharp
  • SliceDiceClarion
  • Clarion Not Dot

And so on.

Yes. "Better".

Through The .Net Glass

Okay, now this is pretty cool.

Bob Z has blogged about Glass style buttons (video), written in Clarion .Net.

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I have to admit, for the "Bling"er in me, this is rump steak, roast lamb, choc-chip icecream and kfc all rolled into one. Well .. perhaps I exaggerate a little. I really don’t eat kfc all that much :).

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The idea of being able to create these buttons for any os running .Net (at least, that’s what i took from Bob’s post) means that a new level of Look and Feel can be reached.

I’m looking forward to getting my grubby mits on these new tools (or toys?). With the previous announcement of C7 to the CSP holders, the immediate future looks pretty rosy.