10 November

qooxdoo - the new era of web interface development

qooxdoo looks like a neat way of making web applications look better. Will look further into this.
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12 September

The Six Dumbest Ideas in Computer Security

Wow, two entries in one day! I must be on fire! Antually, the report linked below comes from this page about the six dumbest ideas in computer security, linked from today's /. frontpage.

It contains gems like "turd polish" (it still stinks, but management might enjoy it's improved, shiny appearance) and "It is often easier to not do something dumb than it is to do something smart."

Worth a read.


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19 May

Why Can't I Patent My Movie?

A fun little essay (although it originates from a Swedish page) about software patents - as such.
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10 February

ACM Queue - A Conversation with Alan Kay

Interview with Alan Kay at ACM Queue.

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31 January

RubyForge

"RubyForge is a home for open source Ruby projects"

Since I'm on a roll here I might as well add a link to
RubyForge, too. Like sourceforge, but for Ruby projects.
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24 January

Rolling with Ruby on Rails

Adding another link from /. to my suggested reading list, Rolling with Ruby on Rails.

Is this a worthwhile technology, or just another fad? Quotes like "the super productive new way to develop web applications" certainly don't make me less sceptical...
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05 January

Death by UML Fever

Here is a great article from ACM Queue about UML Fever. It details various strains of the disease, and their effect on those infected.

It's funny 'cause it's true...
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08 December

More Ruby

Slashdot has a horribly disorganised "story" about Ruby today, although it really is just a collection of links.

The comments contain some links that are worth checking out when I have the time.
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25 November

Why getter and setter methods are evil

Found an article on Javaworld on why getter and setter methods are evil. Might be an interesting read.

Personally I've always found getters and setters (for fields) annoying since all they introduce is code bloat with the benefit that someday you can replace the field with a calculated value (but we all know that day will probably never come) and other classes will still compile.

Worth a read.
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22 November

One-day compilers

A set of slides showing how to create a DSL (domain specific language) in one day using Ocaml.

Too many programming languages, too little time. At the moment I'm looking into Ruby and Lisp (but haven't gotten very far), but maybe I should add Ocaml to the mix, too.

The problem is that I never get anything done, spend too much time worrying about what tool to use :)
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The Law of Leaky Abstractions

Great article from Joel on Software about The Law of Leaky Abstractions.

Short summary: Learn the basics first, then use abstractions to work faster.

Anyone who believes that all you need to make great software are fancy IDEs should read this.
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24 October

Revision Control Systems

Found a quick guide to revision control systems that are worth looking into. I'm getting tired of CVS's limitations and would like to move on to something more sophisticated (but preferably still free (speech)).

GNU Arch looks interesting, it supports a lot of advanced features. Subversion has been in the news a lot lately, but I'm not entirely convinced. DARCS looks very interesting, the fact that it's written in Haskell makes it even more so...
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20 October

Good Bad Attitude

Another essay from Paul Graham, Good Bad Attitude, delving into the minds of hackers.
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Python Vs Ruby

A Wiki page discusses the merits of Python Vs Ruby.
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