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Archive for December, 2008

20 Dec

pip

Now that’s interesting .

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20 Dec

Console2

Improved command shell for Windows.

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20 Dec

If Programming Languages Were Religions

The best one is probably Perl: Perl would be Voodoo – An incomprehensible series of arcane incantations that involve the blood of goats and permanently corrupt your soul. Often used when your boss requires you to do an urgent task at 21:00 on friday night.

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20 Dec

GIT – SVN Crash Course

Nice GIT tutorial for SVN folks. Nicely laid out, including showing SVN command lines with the equivalent GIT command lines..

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20 Dec

Computer…End Program

Majel Roddenberry died. Leukemia, apparently. I know it’s a selfish thing to say, but fortunately it was after she wrapped up her voice work for the new Star Trek movie.

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19 Dec

Sears is an Exemplary Corporate Citizen

I just got this thru email: How does Sears treat its employees who are called up for military duty? By law, they are required to hold their jobs open and available, but nothing more. Usually, people take a big pay cut and lose benefits as a result of being called up. Sears is voluntarily payi […]

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14 Dec

What Makes an ABI

The fact that something is documented (whether correctly or not) has absolutely _zero_ impact on anything at all. … The only way something isn’t an ABI is by _explicitly_ making sure that it’s not available even by mistake in a stable form for binary use.

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14 Dec

“unsigned i”

Heh Doing     unsigned i; is an act of insane vandalism, punishable by spending five additional years coding in fortran. –Andrew Morton

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14 Dec

The Source Code is the Final Authority

Like it or not, it’s the reality : Too many people seem to think that documentation is the “final” argument. … Anybody who doesn’t understand that should never be allowed to write code (or documentation, for that matter).    –Linus Torvalds

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14 Dec

Locks on Mac OS X

Comparing POSIX Mutex and RW locks, OSSpinLock, NSLock and @synchronized.

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14 Dec

Complete Xcode Keyboard Shortcut List

Nice .

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13 Dec

“January 20th Can’t Come Soon Enough For Me”

Yeah .

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13 Dec

“What’s In It For Me?”

Dead on assessment of the Republicans (as a party – some individuals don’t fit this mold of course), but the Donald Trump story is the amusing party.

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13 Dec

“Screwed Left and Right”

Lewis Black had it right . Good thing the finance and banking industries have gotten huge heaping gobs of cash with no strings or oversight.

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12 Dec

Red Hat Backs GWT (and How MA Pissed Away The Golden Goose)

At the price we’d have had a full blown toolkit that blew away all our issues, gave us a huge base as well as competitive edge and opportunity to expand our offerings (new styles of service as well as new/better products), and cultivated a strong open source community around it. … We’d do all this with Python, with the converter doing something like ForEach dir IN os.walk(path):   pre = os.path.join(dir, ‘migrate.pre’)   if exists(pre) execute(pre)   migrate(dir)   post = os.path.join(dir, ‘migrate.post’)   if exists(post) execute(post) Yup, that’s not Python, just representative pseudo-code.

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12 Dec

jdeb

Ant and Maven tasks to create Debian packages.

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12 Dec

Software Reflects The Process That Creates It

I saw this and just thought how appropos a remark.

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12 Dec

Bush Screws Women (Again)

And rewards business at the same time . Does that make this a threesome?

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10 Dec

Squill = DAL

But it wasn’t as inspired and elegant as the SQL-like API, and it wasn’t as whole-hog ORM as Hibernate or SQLAlchemy and such. … For that reason alone, it’s on my radar for the next time I have to choose a data access mechanism from Java.

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10 Dec

“Chicago Politics”

Even for Chicago politics. Go Team FBI!

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07 Dec

hHasher Posted at MacUpdate

OTOH I’ve been waiting over a week to hear my request to have a ‘Developer’ account at VersionTracker has been reviewed and is now available. … And so ends today’s lesson in Customer Service, with examples of both ends of one of my favorite maxims: If you can’t be a good example, you’ll have to serve as a horrible warning.

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07 Dec

What’s New in Python 3.0

I was looking for this . A lot of changes from 2.x, in a lot of little ways.

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07 Dec

Perl is Dying

Position Position Programming Ratings Delta Nov Nov 2008 Nov 2007 Language Nov 2008 2007 1 1 Java 20.299% -0.24% 2 2 C 15.276% +1.31% 3 4 C++ 10.357% +1.61% 4 3 (Visual) Basic 9.270% -0.96% 5 5 PHP 8.940% +0.25% 6 7 Python 5.140% +0.91% 7 8 C# 4.026% +0.11% 8 11 Delphi 4.006% +1.55% 9 6 Perl 3.876% -0.86% 10 10 JavaScript 2.925% 0.00%

…Last year I seem to recall mentioning on the TPF steering committee list that Perl had been in the top ten of this list for years and was likely to remain that way.

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06 Dec

Improving TextMate

Some good tips .

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06 Dec

Fixing AppStore w/o Neutering It

I concur : Apple can’t fix it because there is no substitute for doing your own marketing. And I agree – the ‘try-before-you-buy’ option would let a lot more quality surface to the top with less ‘gaming’ the system.

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