Posted on Mar 28th, 2011 in Programming
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There are hundreds of different programming languages out there. As a newcomer you can ignore the fact that most of them exist. However, even if we narrow the list to just a dozen mainstream languages,...
Posted on Mar 21st, 2011 in Programming
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In a society where technology and the Internet have become incredibly prominent elements of our daily lives, being able to program is akin to having a super power. In fact, a programmer is able to not only...
Posted on Mar 14th, 2011 in Technology
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The problem with many productivity techniques is that they introduce undue bureaucracy into one’s workflow. I do not need to be coerced into getting my tasks done, and appreciate simple aids that don’t get...
Posted on Mar 9th, 2011 in Programming
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The following is an interview with Michael Hartl, author of the popular Rails 3 Tutorial. I want to thank Michael for his time and answers. Be sure to read until the end; as per Monday’s post, I’m...
Posted on Mar 7th, 2011 in Programming
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In 2007 Russ Olsen published Design Patterns in Ruby (US | UK | CA). Right around that time there were several other Ruby books hitting the shelves (as Rails was really reaching the peak of its popularity),...
Posted on Mar 1st, 2011 in Programming
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Over the years I’ve coined a few new programming related terms that are meaningless to other people, but which make sense to me (as they concisely describe certain programming concepts). Sometimes these...
Posted on Feb 24th, 2011 in IBM
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IBM has been working hard to create a new, substantial upgrade of DB2. Thanks to the Early Experience program, you can now test drive the recently released Alpha 4 in the cloud for free. Despite its name,...
Posted on Jan 26th, 2011 in Technology
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These days ebook devices are becoming increasingly common thanks to the convenience they afford readers and the affordable prices. As much as I love holding an actual printed copy in my hands, I’ve...
Posted on Jan 14th, 2011 in Programming
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There’s exciting news in Computer Science-land this week, as the 4A volume (on Combinatorial algorithms) of The Art of Computer Programming by Donald Knuth is now complete and is available for preorder...
Posted on Jan 13th, 2011 in IBM
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DB2 University is a website that’s aimed at providing (mostly free) database courses. Its public beta went live today.
While the focus is clearly on the free DB2 Express-C — as the name implies...
Posted on Dec 28th, 2010 in Programming
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Professionals tend to have expensive tools that enable them to do their job as efficiently as possible. Even when cheaper, more commonly used tools exist, professionals often opt for higher-end ones that are...
Posted on Dec 20th, 2010 in Programming
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During the holiday lull I managed to finally update the Ruby and Rails book pages. The Ruby page includes a few new titles and sees a few existing ones get the axe, as I took the major emphasis on Ruby 1.9...