Then I realize that this will only generate a file for me, and that I will have to go through a manual copy and paste process from word processor to web page. I will preview or post, discover typos or bad phrasing, edit locally, copy, paste, etc. Over and over, which is really tedious.
I seek out an offline blogging client. I want the clean interface without clutter, a screen that can be flipped from black on white to white on black with a single key stroke. I don’t want to have to use any menus, right clicks, or be distracted by scrollbars or buttons.
I want to store my documents off-line but be accessible online. I want the application to be free, but reliable and not buggy. I try to download one, but discover that nothing fully meets my needs. I will have to write my own.
To start coding, I fire up an IDE and start typing. But then I stop: this is the usual trouble I always get myself into. I just start writing the program without properly designing it or even thinking it through. To do a little design I start a drawing program. I want to create declarative diagrams are simple, yet reveal the structure of the program and make obvious bad patterns and potential trouble spots.
I struggle with which program to use. I try an open source drawing package, then find it too clunky and cumbersome, with odd key combinations and balky, flickering screen redraw. I try a feature limited commercial UML tool. It’s clunky in an entirely different, all of the kitchen sink features, kind of way. All buttons and features and trees of items. Besides it’s a trial version and puts ugly and distracting watermarks on each of my documents. I try a commercial drawing program, but it’s also a trial copy and only allows me a few shapes before it stops working and tells me to purchase a license.
Maybe a paint program would free me. Keep me from getting hung up on details.
An textual outlining program might be better, or a simple text editor, but neither are visual.
Maybe I should use graphviz, which is the best of both worlds: using simple text markup graphs I can render visual diagrams with arrows and lines and boxes that really express the dependencies between parts of my program.
I must understand what this piece of software must be. I will explore through writing.
But first, I need to write a piece of software that I need to write the software I need to write in order to write.