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Mar 23 2006

Hints at Win32 Deprecation

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I just read today (wow, where have I been?) about the issue with Win32 binaries under the (delayed) Vista version of Windows – most notably, that Win32 binaries will need to be signed, otherwise they will provide a, er, “downlevel” user experience. A proposed workaround is to code to another runtime environment (.NET, Java, Ruby, […]

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Mar 14 2006

The J2EE / Rails / TurboGears / etc. Video

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Lots of people are linking to this excellent video (presentation and screencast) by Sean Kelly at JPL (380 megabyte, 30+ minutes, worth it): http://oodt.jpl.nasa.gov/better-web-app.mov Watch it all the way through. Wow. It’s a little over-the-top in its J2EE example; but the disparity is still stark… and near to my heart as we have a time […]

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Mar 14 2006

Incompressible Java, PI day

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Weiqi Gao reminded me that today is “PI Day”; that along wouldn’t warrant a post here, but the Java snippet for estimating the value of PI rather inefficiently, did:

The inefficiency of the PI estimate didn’t bother me – rather it was the inefficiency of the text of the program. This is a a […]

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Mar 12 2006

Sea change in Web vs. Desktop Development

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In the late 1990s, I rushed in to web-app development with a million other developers, following the demand. At the time I accepted that it took more work to get a web app working than a desktop app, using the tools of the era. But looking at Ruby / Rails and TurboGears: http://www.turbogears.org/preview/docs/tutorials/eajaxtg/paper.html It strikes […]

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Nov 21 2003

More Bowling

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In my last post, I presented an enhancement to a "bowling score calculator" problem being discussed on the Extreme Programming Mailing List. My solution extended a not-very-OO solution presented here; though not object oriented, it was short and clear. I generally write intensively OO code, so I found this interesting. A contention on the list, […]

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Jun 12 2002

Introduction to the Ruby Language

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Presentation and notes from a talk on the Ruby language to the St. Louis Unix User Group.

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