Running short of excuses

I’ve been saying (to myself, anyway) for several years that the main thing stopping me from learning Objective-C and NeXTStep Cocoa programming — that is to say, contemporary Mac programming — was my addiction to the refactoring support I get from Java tools like IDEA and Eclipse. Meanwhile, it’s hasn’t been hard to find Obj-C programmers dismissing any demand for automated refactoring tools as lazy whinging from weak-minded Java monkeys.

But, lo and behold, Apple’s gone and added refactoring support in Xcode 3. It’s fairly limited (where’s my Safe Delete??) so far, but it does include Fowler’s “refactoring Rubicon,” Extract Method. In fact, it extends it to “Extract Function” as well, since Obj-C supports top-level functions. (So Xcode 4 ought to have all kinds of crazy refactorings.)

So, “no refactoring tools” clearly can’t be my excuse any more for not learning Obj-C / Cocoa. Gotta think of something else. “After I learn Flex,” maybe?

Critical Code Studies

I blame the jet lag for the fact that I honestly can’t tell whether these folks are serious or not.

The blog is dedicated to exploring interpretations of computer code within cultural contexts. Rather than focusing primarily on making code function or even the pursuit of “beautiful” code, critical code studies brings in critical theory to examine the ways in which the lines of code reflect, shape, and reproduce our culture including aspects of class, gender, race, sexuality. These criticisms include both the context for the code’s creation and the ways in which it circulates in culture.

I can totally see class. And I can’t help but think there must be something vaguely gendered, if only in a male-centric, locker-room-homophobia sort of way, about the whole Mort question