After yesterday’s exciting day at Microsoft Research (thanks to Manuel Fähndrich!) in Bellevue, a little city some miles away from Redmond that, funny enough, people from Seattle apparently call Bellview. I have just arrived in Seattle for ISSTA. This after noon I spent at the Museum of Flight, together with Patrick Lam and some friends of his. Of course I also saw the first Starbucks. Interestingly, Starbucks is having a very hard competition here – no wonder, considering their prices. Pike Market is also kinda interesting but really very much of a tourist trap. Lunch at the Steelhead Diner was good but did not quite match personal taste.
ISSTA will be taking place in the Hilton, which is (as so many Hilton hotels) plain ugly from the outside but very beautiful from the inside. The photo shows the awesome view out of my room. More photos of Seattle are in my gallery.
I’ll be off to Seattle for the next week, presenting at Microsoft and attending ISSTA to present my paper on Racer. From what I’ve heard, Seattle is supposed to be quite beautiful, especially around this time of the year. I’ll tell you next week, so stay tuned
This blog is powered by WordPress, probably one of the finest pieces of blog software I ever saw. And the best: Since recently there’s a new Microsoft Software called Windows Live Writer which allows you to edit posts offline, in a neat little Windows client. And I am not talking about some of those cheap clients that might be around and only support half of the necessary features. No, it fully integrates with WordPress, so perfectly that I am really astonished and positively surprised about Microsoft. The software automagically…
- downloads my style sheet so that I can edit my posts 100% WYSIWYG
- downloads all my tags and categories
- lets me download, edit and republish existing blog entries and pages
- lets me draft new posts and pages online and publish them whenever I like
- lets me insert and automagically upload pictures to my blog
- allows for extensions to gazillions of plugins which I have not even tried!
So all in all great Job Microsoft! Sometimes I really appreciate the offline nature of MS applications (e.g. in contrast to Google Apps).