BBC NEWS | UK | Camp offers ‘godless alternative’

“Some of the 24 children arriving at Camp Quest in Bruton seemed a little young to be tackling the weighty concepts ahead of them.”

BBC NEWS | UK | Camp offers ‘godless alternative’.

Yet more shabby journalism by the BBC. It’s not like summer camps run by religious groups are bereft of “weighty concepts” – far from it – so why try to taint an otherwise informative article with blatant bias?

Myself, I’m completely convinced that a camp for kids that teaches them to enjoy life, and that morals and ethics can come without the burden of religion, is a much better place to send them than the alternative.

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Covering New Ground

I finally made it out to Carron Valley Mountainbike Trails yesterday, taking my brother along for the ride. Setting off a bit later than I’d wanted and dealing with very slow traffic on the Loch Lomond road, it took us about an hour to get over there. A little longer than I’d like it to be, but still not too big a haul for access to some custom built trails.

When we arrived the weather was perfect – dry and sunny with some broken cloud that would prevent it from getting too hot. Once I’d pulled the bikes out of the car – five years after buying it I’m still delighted that my Honda Jazz can swallow up a couple of bikes – and loading up pockets with bananas, cereal bars, and spare inner tubes, we set off up the forest roads.

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Home in Style

When Adobe finally killed off HomeSite a couple of months back, I had to wipe away a tear at the loss of the first proper IDE that I used for coding for the web. In truth it should have been put out of it’s misery a long time ago, as when I used it for some quick and dirty coding back in October last year I was dismayed at how dated it felt.

Upon learning of its demise, Nick Bradbury – creator of the original HomeSite – commented on his pride at the way in which the application had fostered a community of evangelists, due to the close relationship the users had with him, and later, Allaire. That was what gripped me when I first started using it, too – there were developers all over the world creating and releasing “Snippets” for HomeSite, and it just felt like we were all helping to make each other’s lives easier.

Over the last few years I’ve visited Nick’s site many times, hoping for news of him creating a modern take on what made HomeSite so good, but knowing deep down that his hands were probably tied in that regard – so long as the Macromedia, and then Adobe, were peddling the zombie descendant of HomeSite.  A couple of times I almost bought TopStyle from his site in a fit of nostalgia, but with it mainly focussing on CSS editing it didn’t deliver the full suite of features I was looking for.

Which is why it took me completely by surprise yesterday when I discovered that TopStyle 4 had been out for a couple of months and now featured tag/code insight for php and JQuery, amongst others. I was even more surprised to discover that Nick Bradbury was no longer responsible for it at all – having passed the baton on to Stefan van As, back in December.

But wow… from the screen grabs, TopStyle 4 it looked like the natural successor to the original HomeSite that I’d been waiting for and, after downloading and giving the trial version a go, I confirm that it is exactly that!

In many ways it’s the perfect riposte to Adobe’s mistreatment of its ancestor. At around £50 it’s as affordable as HomeSite was, back in the day, and undercuts the likes of Dreamweaver by quite a long way. As soon as I can afford it I’m going to buy TopStyle 4 and switch from the dated Dreamweaver 8 license I’ve been using for so long.

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