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Pairing Over the Web
by Bruce Eckel
October 3, 2007
For over a year I've been coauthoring a book with someone who lives in another state, and we've tried various tools to pair-review and edit the document.


Obviously Skype has been a huge help here; it's almost better than pairing in person because everyone has a keyboard and a screen instead of switching places and leaning in and all that.

The screen-sharing software has been more problematic until now. My brother recently turned me on to CrossLoop, which is the simplest and most responsive one we've tried, and allows both users to easily type into the document. Kudos to the CrossLoop creators; this really is a big improvement.

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Bruce Eckel ( provides development assistance in Python with user interfaces in Flex. He is the author of Thinking in Java (Prentice-Hall, 1998, 2nd Edition, 2000, 3rd Edition, 2003, 4th Edition, 2005), the Hands-On Java Seminar CD ROM (available on the Web site), Thinking in C++ (PH 1995; 2nd edition 2000, Volume 2 with Chuck Allison, 2003), C++ Inside & Out (Osborne/McGraw-Hill 1993), among others. He's given hundreds of presentations throughout the world, published over 150 articles in numerous magazines, was a founding member of the ANSI/ISO C++ committee and speaks regularly at conferences.

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