Monthly Archive: October 2006

Oct 23

MyBlogLog

An interesting new website, that tries to “humanize” blog readers and create communities around the readers, instead of creating communities around the authors. I think it’s an interesting idea – it might help you (or me, or anyone) discover other blogs that you might find interesting.  You have to sign up, of course, but once …

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Oct 23

Another version of the Devil’s Dictionary

Thanks to Ashley Frieze for pointing me towards this.

Oct 20

Great Article on Good Practices in Ruby

Robert Martin provides us with a great demonstration of how to avoid bad programming in Ruby entitled “The Hungarian Abhorrence Principle” The general rule can be summarized as: When you are tempted to encode data structure in a variable name (e.g. Hungarian notation), you need to create an object that hides that structure and exposes …

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Oct 20

Agile Development – The Devil’s Dictionary

With apologies to Ambrose Bierce Iteration A way to divide a large, impossible project into smaller, impossible chunks Daily Meeting A means to receive inaccurate and untrustworthy information faster Unit Testing The technique by which developers convince themselves that their bug-ridden software isn’t Refactoring A practical example of the proverb “There’s never time to do …

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Oct 19

Carnival Of The Agilists

Kevin gives us the 411.

Oct 18

Why I believe in agile approaches to software development.

Analysis Paralysis is real. Agile development methodologies deal with this at a fundamental level. Yes, it’s not perfect, but waiting too long is even less likely to get it right. Trust is mandatory. Too many approaches seem to maintain an adversarial relationship between the different parties to the project. That’s an incredibly unpleasant way to …

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Oct 18

The Fourteen Types of Programmers: Type 3 – Those that Blog

(See the whole list here) Those That Blog Some programmers are bloggers – they write articles, post things they’ve learned, rain hate-filled bile down upon those they dislike. Bad Things Anyone who considers their opinion to be solid and well-informed enough to justify sharing it with the world is fairly arrogant They are more likely …

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Oct 18

When I read something like this

It reaffirms my opinion that you can’t really communicate with some people by just talking to them. Some people need much more interactive, “multi-media” encounters to fully comprehend their interlocutors. Also, some people are just really, really dumb and/or full of themselves.  Alas

Oct 17

Rails and the Gartner Trough

In the context of technologies hitting a peak, and then experiencing a trough of disillusionment as people discover it won’t really solve the world’s problems in 10 year lessons, Obie asks (read through for more) Perhaps we can skip the trough altogether? Has that already happened? What do you think? I responded in comments, and …

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Oct 16

Hidden Network – Live

I have joined the Hidden Network – a job board that uses blogs as its advertising medium. If you visit this site via RSS, come by once in a while and check it out. The jobs are all tech-focused They appear to be geographically filtered to be in your area The concept seemed so sound …

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Oct 16

You might be a “Blub” programmer…

At the risk of starting a resonance cascade, I feel obliged to comment on Reg’s followup to my followup to his article discussing Blub. I think he’s right – there are certainly people who seem to use the same language for everything, and they are probably programming in Blub. And since I can’t do hardly …

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Oct 14

404 Error Extravaganza

Highly Humorous 404 pages reviewed and ranked: http://www.plinko.net/404/links.asp?type=otw

Oct 14

Blub, Blub, Blub

I am seeing a number of different posts about “Blub” – the programming language that you are most comfortable with, that blinds you to the power in other languages. Which is more powerful? A Maserati, a Fire Truck, a Hummer or a Segway? Well, it depends on what you want to do with them. Fighting …

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Oct 12

Rails Recipes

I’m only 1/4th of the way through, but already I have to say – Rails Recipes by Chad Fowler is an awesome book – full of nifty examples of things you can do to make your Rails apps better. The first section (the one I’m reading) is all about Web 2.0 things that are enabled/assisted …

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Oct 11

ActionScript vs. JavaScript

This page had 9 tips for improving your Javascript. One of them struck me: 2. String Concatenation vs. Array.join (Array.join is faster in Javascript) Curious, I wrote a simple program to exercise the same functionality in ActionScript 3. It turns out that the opposite is true. For the test I did, concatenanting 100,000 strings together, …

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