Neil's Place

August 23, 2003

5:10 PM The Great XUL/Neil Conspiracy

The Great XUL/Neil Conspiracy.

There are a significant number of Neil's posting on the Mozilla XUL-related newsgroups. I think that there was even a thread once with three different Neils but no one else.

To clear up any confusion, I'm Neil Deakin, and my email address is either ndeakin@sympatico.ca.(which no longer works) or enndeakin@sympatico.ca. I wrote the XUL Tutorial.

There is also Neil Rashbrook who often posts messages that may contain traces of nuts. I am not him.

There is also a Neil Stansbury and, although not recently, a Neil Marshall, who also has a sympatico.ca email address. I am neither of them either.

In order to avoid this problem in the future, I suggest that any new Neils who may wish to post to the Mozilla newsgroups change their name to Stan.

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1:45 PM ReoPath Testing

After spending some time developing ReoPath (or RPath), a XPath-like language for RDF, I've recently switched into testing mode. At first, I just wanted to test the code for memory leaks, but then I realized it might useful to prepare a set of test cases I could run through. Eventually, I could run through all of the test cases automatically in order to test for regressions, memory leaks, and other things.

So in the process of testing, I made a table of all of the test expressions I ran. I ended up with 330 test cases. Since they only test features I've implemented already, I expect that number to grow ever higher over time.

ReoPath Test Cases

I managed to fix numerous bugs, so the process was quite useful. I also discovered that ReoPath as currently implemented contains a Bizarre List Handling Rule of Evil, that can cause some unexpected results. The problem lies in that I used the same style of syntax for two purposes. I'm not sure if I should remove the feature or not. On one hand, I spent quite a bit of time implementing it and fixing bugs in it, yet in the end it seems to be more confusing than it's worth.

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