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Review Entries for Day Thursday, 06 September 2007
I'm constantly surprised by web sites that still have some form of doorway page. I've always felt that such designs probably allude to the designer's origins in print media, where one might argue that the book cover has to sell the book. The cover has to attract the casual browser in the bookshop to engage in the sales process.
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Thursday, 06 September 2007 17:55:15 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Tuesday, 04 September 2007

I was interested in Hans-Eric Grönlund's post on the decline of Delphi and (implicitly) its predecessor Turbo Pascal. I used Turbo Pascal extensively in the late 1980s and early 1990s, particularly versions 4.0 and 5.5, and then later Turbo Pascal for Windows 1.0 and 1.5.

Version 5.5 introduced me to objected-oriented programming (OOP) in practical terms and I fondly remember the OOP guide that was part of the documentation for version 5.5.

I stopped using Turbo Pascal for Windows in favour of Visual Basic and never really adopted Delphi, which I always thought would have faired better if it had been called Visual Pascal.

A considerable amount of my original code library built in Pascal survives today as part of the internal Revell Research Systems code library, having been ported to the .NET Framework. Indeed, much of my thinking around bannering emerged while writing code in Turbo Pascal and 6502 Assembly and was much influenced by Lance Leventhal's approach to documenting assembly code.

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Tuesday, 04 September 2007 08:26:43 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Thursday, 23 August 2007

I've just read an interesting article by Jakob Nielsen (who is an expert on web site usability) on, which reports on their research into banner blindness - the well-known effect whereby web site visitors manage to completely ignore banner advertising.

I found the article interesting and was reminded of Seth Godin's views on interruption marketing and how he believes that people are becoming immune to this form of marketing.

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Thursday, 23 August 2007 21:19:11 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Wednesday, 22 August 2007
I've just read an article on Hans-Eric Grönlund's blog, which discusses how close Java and C# are as languages. He concludes that "C#.NET is the best platform for Windows based systems since it was in fact designed for it. Java on the other hand is the only option for systems that are targeting other operating systems." I would agree that Java is probably the only realistic option for systems targeting non-Windows environments. However, I would be reluctant to assert that C# was the best language for Windows development, although I would certainly agree that .NET is now the best platform for it.
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Wednesday, 22 August 2007 11:54:58 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Monday, 20 August 2007
I've recently been working from France and have often had to rely on wifi hotspots operated by Orange. I consider the charges made by this firm to be very reasonable and one that encourages casual wifi use.
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Monday, 20 August 2007 18:33:08 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Wednesday, 08 August 2007

Plymouth University has just published details about the award of the 2007 Revell Research Systems Prize to Darren Rees at

More details about the prize are available at

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Wednesday, 08 August 2007 22:04:07 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Thursday, 02 August 2007
Ever since I supervised a student on a post graduate industrial placement who was undertaking some research into what was later to be termed search engine optimisation for a marketing agency in Exeter in the mid-90s, I have been deeply sceptical about many of the claims made by SEO specialists.
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Thursday, 02 August 2007 10:26:48 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Sunday, 29 July 2007
I believe that web site navigation is extremely important and designers that ignore the navigational structure of their web sites severely reduce the usability of their sites.
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Sunday, 29 July 2007 12:54:12 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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