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jEdit makes major release for first time in 5 years

jedit128For the first time in over 5 years a major release will be made to jEdit! Alan Ezust has now committed a change that makes the next release version 4.3.0. With a new visual look, better platform support, many more features and much improved performance I can safely say that it's a great release and much welcomed!

When I discovered jEdit back in 2002/2003 I was happy to see that there was finally an editor that met all my weird needs and supported all the platforms I was using. I felt that my search for an editor was over… Continue reading jEdit makes major release for first time in 5 years

My new home

newhomeSo there, I moved. As you can see, I'm now in a much better place with a nice view of the internet.

To anyone who was linking to me before: Please update your links. I will repay your kindness by not serving a 404 error page.

It seems all those years of drawing doodles on paper during classes finally paid off…

Shortcomings of SourceForge

sfnetSourceforge got a make-over. A fresh coat of paint and what else? A couple of clicks aways a blog post describes in short that sf.net has changed it's looks and the front page now has more statistics. But is the frontpage really the most important place to improve upon?

A large font doesn't improve usability or add value – your content and layout does.

With respects to the people behind sf.net for the good work they've done over the years I feel there are still major issues that are so basic that I simply wouldn't consider sf.net as a place to host my projects.

But it's easy to throw stones at abstract problems – let me be specific. SourceForge devs, here's a few suggestions:

"Remember Me" broken

I'm a developer of jEdit where I take care of Mac-related issues. Being so, I follow the devel-list and at least once a week I visit the tracker to read up on issues. It seems that each time I visit I have to log in. Each time I check "Remember Me" but apparently so with no effect.

Login redirection

Related to the issue about "Remember Me" I am always redirected to "My Personal Page" upon login, not the link I came from or tried to access. This means having to click through several pages and refreshing before I can do whatever I need on the tracker.

Bad performance

I think it's a general complaint with sf.net but I am still bothered by the slow performance of the tracker. I haven't used the new tracker that much – it's certainly a better one but the general performance of the site could still be greatly improved.

If you must change the frontpage, here's a few suggestions to improve the relevance:

Global statistics

Remove them. It may be fun to watch for sf.net devs but really – what's the relevance for users? Users need something they can relate to but the numbers are unfamiliar and can't be compared to anything a regular user or dev know of. The graphical bars still doesn't give a context that seems interesting.

If you really insist on keeping this, make "Popular" the default display.

Recent releases

Consider adding user-engaging information such as "Most recent Project releases" – it would be a helpful and fun way to discover new projects and will give sf.net a feel of "being alive".

Keep "Project of the Month"

This is the primary part of the front page I find relevant.

Rename "Build"

"Build" is not a psychological trigger word for someone looking for a place to host their project. Usability is about user tendency and expectation. The word Build doesn't really say "get your open-source project hosted here for free"… it says get your project built. If the primary product was automated nightly builds, I would use the word "Build" or the like. But this really isn't the core of sf.net, is it?

SourceForge needs to catch up with the tendencies and features around the world. It seems that only recently they've waken up and discovered they are lacking behind. Depending on the preferred source version control system I would prefer Bitbucket.org or Google Code – overall simplicity wins me over regardless of the frontpage.

New blog launched

Finally. I did it.

I switched to WordPress instead of Drupal. Much can be said about using Drupal for flexible websites but when it comes to usability and blogging, WordPress is the undisputed weapon of choice. Admittedly, drinking ginger tea from freshly chopped ginger and blogging at the same time has never been easier. Kudos to the people who belived in the ideas of WP.

I'm one happy camper.

And for those who are searching for my old projects: I will be putting up redirecting pages in the comming days so noone will bounce on a 404.

Prisudvikling for ejerlejligheder

På denne side ses en overskuelig graf over prisudviklingen i hovedstaden over de seneste par år. Dataen er baseret på udbudsprisen per kvadratmeter.

Fremtidens prisudvikling

Hvordan grafen tolkes er op til den enkelte, men den åbenlyse konklusion synes dog at være et forsat fald i priserne. Den opmærksomme læser vil dog bemærke prisstignings-tendensen på grafen inden år 2003. Ud fra denne tendens kunne det tyde på at prisniveauet d.d. er overens med tendensen. Spørgsmålet er igen om dette holder stik eller om der trods denne årlange tendens er yderligere prisfald i vente.