Thursday, July 24, 2008

Mouse listeners

The programmers at work are so funny. Mostly they communicate around the building by MSN Messenger or email, but occasionally they gather in a little group and speak, audibly. Yesterday they were complaining that "the mouse listener is giving us nothing". I will explain what this means, but if you prefer to just preserve the mystery of what a mouse listener is, stop reading now. If you want to think its kind of like a horse whisperer who has to bend down a lot, that's just fine, I like that idea a lot.

The programmers were trying to solve a bug in an interactive learning object. The mouse listener is a line of code that provides a list of all mouse clicks, where the user clicked and what happened next. Its a diagnostic tool.

Mice - they have so much to tell us. Mostly stuff about our shoes.

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