Monthly Archive: October 2006

Oct 31

Improve your shell-script kung

I learned two new things today: grep -c lsof I thought I learned a third, but I can’t get the syntax right for ${var_name}, alas.

Oct 31

The Fourteen Types of Programmers – Type 5: Venerable Ancients

(You can find the full list here) Gather near, grasshopper, and let me tell you of the venerable ancients of programming. These sages of the code pass their wisdom on to the young, instructing them in the ways of pointers, and objects, and closures. There is much experience to be found here, in their minds. …

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Oct 30

Flexifier

If you want to experiment with Flex, but don’t want to pay for the full Flex Builder, the Flexifier is a great way to experiment, debug and get your hands dirty in a simple, online form. How do I know? Because I learned a bunch of interesting things about Laszlo using the same technique.

Oct 30

Review of MyBlogLog

This weekend has been an exciting one for me, with 10000 page views across several of my posts.  I was able to get general stats in real time from MyBlogLog, for free  – visitors, pages viewed, and # of off-site clickthroughs.   The actual data – the places the clickthroughs went, the referers and the pages …

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Oct 30

One of the best xkcd comics ever

Alice, Bob and Eve

Oct 30

Business skills for developers

A long, long time ago at JavaLobby, Eric asked: The most common piece of advice is that in addition to technical skills, IT people need to develop “business skills”. A lot of these articles never list some of these business skills, they simply repeat that phrase. So the main questions are: What are some of …

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Oct 27

Articles on Enterprise Rails

I just registered the domain name EnterpriseRails.com; let’s see whether I can come up with something interesting to put there. Here are some interesting links discussing the concepts around Enterprise Rails Martin Fowler thinks Enterprise Rails is an oxymoron, but he thinks Enterprise Ruby is a valid and valuable concept. Defendem.com has a book on …

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Oct 27

Fascinating Article on Ruby, Rails and multiple versions

What happens when you have 4 different versions of a language being worked on at the same time? So, there are 4 Ruby runtimes in various states of being built. They all (except for 1.9) will be fully compatible with 1.8 and they will all run Rails just fine. So, what’s going to happen when …

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Oct 27

Six Word Stories about Programming Languages

Inspired by this article from Marginal Revolution (which, in turn, was inspired by this article from Wired), I’ve already written a couple of Six Word Stories. But I think it would be fun to try to write some that are constrained by the domain of software programming – i.e. stories about various programming languages, and …

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Oct 26

Instapundit Triva Challenge

Instapundit asks: But as a wise woman once said: “The Colonel is dead, and here we are still enjoying his chicken.” Extra points if you can spot the source. Answer: My first guess was the Mom from Beetlejuice, but… Googling has revealed it was the Mom from Strange Brew

Oct 25

Critical Acclaim.info

A friend of mine wrote a great Rails app that aggregates movie news from a bunch of sources.  Check it out! Critical-Acclaim.info

Oct 24

Great article on managing project “slippage”:

Courtesy of Johanna Rothman, but you’ll need to register (free) to read the article. She gives some good advice about how to handle slips early in a project, during the middle of the project, and then an all-too-familiar story about slips late in the project, and how the team got there by focusing on the …

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Oct 24

The Fourteen Types of Programmers – Type 4: Lazy Ones

(Click here for the full list) Lazy Ones I once worked with a guy named Ed. He was one of the most conscientious programmers I’ve ever met. He wrote beautiful code, well organized, easy to understand, virtually bug-free and rigorously commented. One day we were discussing programming, and he said that he wrote all those …

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Oct 24

Shrek III

I did some consulting work for Dreamworks last year, and early this year. I learned a little bit about Shrek 3. It’s interesting to see how the concept has evolved since I first read about it. This one should go over really, really well with the Moms out there – a much more energetic and …

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Oct 23

Learnings from MyBlogLog

I set up my site with the MyBlogLog tracking script.  So far, “You might be a Blub Programmer” is a huge hit, with about 75% of all of my traffic so far. I’m not exactly sure, but I suspect that it’s the Smalltalk people who are shipping it around right now. In any case, it’s …

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