All programmers are optimists. Perhaps this modern sorcery especially attracts those who believe in happy endings and fairy godmothers. Perhaps the hundreds of nitty frustrations drive away all but those who habitually focus on the end goal. Perhaps it is merely that computers are young, programmers are younger, and the young are always optimists. But however the selection process works, the result is indisputable: "This time it will surely run," or "I just found the last bug."
-- Frederick Brooks, Jr. (The Mythical Man Month)

Small updates to NiftyPlugins

E3 is coming up around the mountain and since we're showing at the show this year it's naturally a little bit stressful. It will soon be over though and looking at the swine flu, perhaps not that many attending in person this year. Amidst all this, I realize that I have several projects in the pipe, in my "spare" time, one of which is this blog. Most of these projects have been neglected of late, even the weekly online gaming session. Which just frankly stinks a little bit, but let's do something about it!

So after coming home from work, I've serendipitously been forced to work on some of the nifty visual studio plugins I'm using at work for both perforce handling and just opening files quickly in a solution. I've made some improvements to the automatic checkout feature of NiftyPerforce as well as better configuration storage.

NiftySolution also got a little bit of an internal workout, in the end the only feature that came out of that was the ability to add arbitrary search paths for the fastopen dialog. Useful for people like me who often looks inside the platform headers (e.g. the CELL SDK headers).

If you want to know whenever new versions come out of these plugins, you could always sign up to the low volume newsgroup for them.

Next project is really to document the new features and the new look on how these plugins actually work, I've noticed that the documentation is badly out of date... for a rainy day I guess. Hmmm, Santa Monica and rain...