Monthly Archive: September 2008

Sep 24

Painful retrospective

Mitch Lacey provides a video retrospective on a failed project. You always learn more from mistakes than successes, perhaps you can learn some interesting things from his mistakes. Note: There’s a slideshow that goes along with it, but he covers the gist of the slideshow pretty well, so you can just listen to the video …

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Sep 24

Neat post on API design rules

Mostly for my own benefit, but it is a good list, in any case.

Sep 22

Cobol-flavored Continuous Integration

And you thought Cobol was a dead language with no future 😉 As long as it has a Make file or other command-line compiler interface, you too can build Cobol systems via a CI system.

Sep 08

Orwell Quote Of Some Pithiness

Autobiography is only to be trusted when it reveals something disgraceful. A man who gives a good account of himself is probably lying, since any life when viewed from the inside is simply a series of defeats. George Orwell You may find your attempts to introduce technologies or ideas to be frustrating and the path …

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Sep 06

Balanced Tokens in Many Languages

Tony Morris blogs about his solution to the problem of validating ‘balanced pairs’ of tokens in a command line argument Read both the article and the comments. Then come back here. Don’t worry, the browser will wait patiently for you. My thoghts: Tony Morris believes that he demonstrates that Haskell has better functional composition than …

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Sep 06

Grails Proof Of Concept

I was able to write a working Monte Carlo Project Simulation prototype in less than 24 hours. Here’s a screenshot of the relevant portion: Manifest: Grails IntelliJ JFreeChart (via Eastwood / Google Chart API) EatJ hosting

Sep 06

Google Chart API

In the process of building a Monte Carlo simulation engine, I stumbled across Eastwood, and the Google Chart API. Diving in, I’ve discovered that the Google Chart API is pretty solid for simple charts – easy to get started, and fairly simple to experiment with by manipulating the URL. And, if you’re using Grails, Eastwood …

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Sep 02

Announcing Fusemetrics

Over the summer, I was tasked to put together a ‘Build Metrics Dashboard’ – a piece of software that could parse the XML reports from a bunch of common code and automated testing analysis tools, and produce a comprehensive report. We’ve been sitting on it for a few weeks, but the website is up and …

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