Thursday, May 05, 2005

What the hell was MSWord thinking?

Right
Resharper makes an icon appear to say 'I know how to do some stuff with the thing you have highlighted'. The user is not interrupted. The code doesn't change without being asked (well except in Visual studio's VB editor, but that doesn't count).

Wrong
MSWord changes stuff while you type without asking. It then highlights the changes to give you the chance to undo them. I spend more time undoing the mistakes it makes with its guesses than any possible benefit I get from its changes.

Editors should be intelligent, but they should offer assistance when asked, NOT when they feel like it.

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