- Jul 2021
The world could benefit from a curated set of bookmarklets in the style of Smalltalk ("doIt", "printIt", etc buttons) that you can place in your bookmarks bar (or copy into a bookmarks document and open in it in your browser), where the purpose would be to allow you to:
- access a new scratch area (about:blank) for experimentation
- make it editable, or make any given element on a page editable
- let you evaluate any code written into the scratch space
scratch.js aims for something something similar, and though laudable it falls short of what I actually crave (and what I imagine would be be most beneficial/appreciated by the public).
something called federated wiki which was by ward cunningham if anyone knows the details behind that or how we got these sliding panes in the first place i'm always interested
it looks like my comment got moderated out, and I didn't save a copy. Not going to retype it here, but the gist is that:
- Ward invented the wiki, not just the sliding panes concept.
- Sliding panes are a riff on Miller columns, invented by Mark S. Miller
- Miller columns are like a visual analog of UNIX pipes
- One obvious use case for Miller columns is in web development tools, but (surprisingly) none of the teams working on browsers' built-in devtools at this point have have managed to get this right!
Some screenshots of a prototype inspector that I was working on once upon a time which allowed you to infinitely drill down on any arbitrary data structures:
Addendum (not mentioned my original comment): the closest "production-quality" system we have that does permit this sort of thing is Glamorous Toolkit https://gtoolkit.com/.