August 08, 2016
The Problem With Node Modules (Medium Post)

I Peeked Into My Node_Modules Directory And You Won’t Believe What Happened Next is a great post on Medium about a deep dive into Node and dependencies.

I started my investigation by installing the “babel-preset-es2015” package. This package allows twenty-something web developers to write a newer, worse version of JavaScript that no one else on their team knows.

The above quote is just about one of the modules detailed, but needless to say it turns out it’s a big, ugly, hairy, mess.

Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 09:34 AM
April 14, 2015
Apple Releases ResearchKit

ResearchKit is now out there on github. I’m sure the Apple haters will still complain, but it’s out there and available, and (in theory) will help researchers do great things. Now how about that FaceTime Apple…?

Apple/Mac , Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 03:23 PM
December 16, 2014
Building Your Own OS Out Of Boredom

On Imgur: Was isolated from 1999 to 2006 with a 486. Built my own late 80s Operating System.

Somehow this makes me incredibly happy that the spirit of geekiness lives on. I seriously contemplated doing this in the late 90’s in university. Got a book out of the school library called something like “write your own OS in assembler” and was hell bent on doing it. Never did, but at the time, why the heck not.

Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 03:52 PM
July 07, 2014
Swift Object Oriented Programming Primer

My buddy Darren has published an Object Oriented Programming Primer.

Also available on Medium.

Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 01:26 PM
May 06, 2014
Ruby 2.1 In Detail

Ruby 2.1 In Detail goes through the new changes and features of the new Ruby 2.1 release.

Programming , Ruby - Posted by Arcterex at 10:43 AM
April 23, 2014
OpenSSL Source Code Rampage / Analysis

OpenSSL Valhalla Rampage is a great, uhm, rampage through the OpenSSL source code, and ripping it apart a bit at a time. From their site:

Tearing apart OpenSSL, one arcane VMS hack at a time.

The awareness recently on OpenSSL has been a great catalyst to look at some of the “but it’s there and it works” for some of the most used Open Source software.

Programming , Random Linkage , Security , Software - Posted by Arcterex at 02:41 PM
January 08, 2014
Light Table Is Now Open Source

Very cool news this morning, Light Table is open source. Light table is a pretty sexy concept for a developer IDE that I first saw back in 2012.

Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 03:05 PM
December 23, 2013
Ben Collins: Writing an ALSA driver

Getting back to some “light” linux programming this holiday season? Check out Ben Collins 5 part series on Writing an ALSA driver. It’s all there, and if you’re interested in a jump start to kernel and deep linux programming, this is an excellent start.

Linux , Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 08:18 AM
December 18, 2013
Data Structure Visualization

Via Miles comes this link to Hacker News:Data Structure Visualization, with awesome animations of things like recursion, sorting, and a host of other common programming paradigms that you may not totally understand until you see them visually. Super cool and super nerdy!

Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 09:06 PM
October 11, 2013
List of Free Programming Books

A nice list of free programming books compiled over at github.

Books , Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 12:36 PM
August 21, 2013
Average Income per Programming Language

Cool look at the Average Income per Programming Language. PHP is close to the bottom at $94k, Ruby and C# almost neck and neck at $98k and $97k respectively, and my old friend Perl breaking the six figure mark at $100k. Top of the heap is ActionScript at $108 (just over Java by $5k/year).

Very interesting, not only in the fact that all of these “average” salaries are way above what I make, but also how there’s only $20k separating the bottom from the top (well, lets put that “only” in some big air quotes, $20k a year is a salary).

Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 09:37 AM
June 18, 2013
How To Spot The Legacy Code Writer In Your Company (Hint: It's You) | Arialdo Martini

A Great Article about legacy code.

How To Spot The Legacy Code Writer In Your Company

Programming - Posted by cthulhu at 10:40 AM
April 19, 2013
jQuery 2.0 Released

jQuery 2.0 Released is released.


  • No more support for IE 6/7/8
  • Reduced Size
  • Custom builds for smaller files
  • jQuery 1.9 API equivalence
Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 02:30 PM
April 18, 2013
Facebook Updates Mobile SDK

Next Evolution of Facebook Platform for Mobile was announced today for mobile developers.

We’re launching three important products that further our transition to a mobile-first platform. We’re making it easier to implement Open Graph on mobile, improving Facebook Login, and releasing a new Facebook SDK 3.5 for iOS. We’re also announcing a new partner program to help developers integrate Facebook on a variety of mobile platforms.

Looks like good stuff if you’re doing iOS or mobile facebook integration.

Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 09:31 AM
April 03, 2013
EXIF Orientation Handling

Fascinating read about EXIF orientation handling is a ghetto and how most online services (and hell, even the iPhone) handles image rotation horribly and inconsistently.

Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 11:46 AM
February 26, 2013
Facebook Increases Like Button Performance

Liking performance is Facebook’s attempt to speed up the web and all the slow (and terribly designed apparently) like button.

Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 08:04 PM
February 21, 2013
Coding Confessional

Coding Confessional is just what it sounds like, a place for developers to confess their sins.


Funny Stuff , Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 09:59 AM
February 18, 2013
Duke Nukem 3D Code Review

Fascinating: Duke Nukem 3D Code Review

Silverman would write a new engine for 3D Realms but he would keep the source code. He would only deliver a binary static library (Engine.OBJ) with an Engine.h header file. The 3D Realms team on their side would take care of developing the Game module (Game.OBJ) and would also release the final executable DUKE3D.EXE.

Gaming , Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 11:19 AM
Online VIM Color Scheme Editor Vivify

When my buddy @halkeye send me over the link to Vivify I was a bit confused, but if you click on one of the languages, then click on part of the code, it lets you edit the color scheme right there. Very cool stuff, and very slick.

Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 10:00 AM
February 13, 2013
Opera Moves Rendering Engine to WebKit

Kinda big news from Opera Developer News this morning, they posted that they are going to move to WebKit for the rendering engine for Opera.

The short answer is that it shouldn’t affect your day-to-day work. Keep coding to the standards, not to individual rendering engines; test across browsers - Opera, Firefox, Chrome, Safari and Internet Explorer; use all vendor prefixes and an unprefixed form in your CSS and JavaScript. However, it remains important to keep the following in mind:

(Via Reddit).

The reasoning they give is:

The WebKit project now has the kind of standards support that we could only dream of when our work began. Instead of tying up resources duplicating what’s already implemented in WebKit, we can focus on innovation to make a better browser. Opera innovations such as tabbed browsing, Speed Dial and data-saving compression that speeds up page-load, have been widely copied and improved the web for all.

This is interesting. On one hand, I agree with the top reddit comment about how it’s got to suck for the people who have been working on the Opera rendering engine since 1994. It was the first “alternate” engine that I used and had, and still has, some pretty awesome stuff, and it’s still (I believe) one of the fastest browsers, and has some great performance on low end machines.

On the other hand though, maybe the market has spoken and crowned WebKit the third browser engine and said there’s just no place for another engine. In reality I think this is the better way. Web developers have enough to deal with writing cross platform compatible code for:

  • Mozilla rendering engine
  • Webkit (Safari, Chrome)
  • IE
  • Old versions of IE
  • Opera
  • Mobile
  • Three different operating systems
  • All the minor differences between different versions of all the above

I dislike redundancy, so I applaud this move. While I love openess and choice, having 18 different media players, all 3/4 baked and none complete or fully tested is a far worse thing (in my opinion) than having 2 or 4 really awesome media players that have full communities and momentum behind them. Sounds like Opera is up with this too.

Of course, really respectful web developers will still have to support Opera (which is pretty standards compliant already, so it’s not a huge deal) for a few years, as I hear there’s a fairly vocal Opera user group out there :)

Programming , Random Linkage - Posted by Arcterex at 10:53 AM
February 07, 2013
Re-Thinking CMSs by Ben Brooks

Time for a Forward Thinking CMS via The Brooks Review.

That’s all well and fine, but isn’t it time someone built a CMS that actually works for users? I like WordPress a lot, that’s what I use here, but it’s about as user friendly as Windows, which is certainly better than MS-DOS, but falls a long way short of OS X.

I love the idea, and as someone who’s written a few CMSs in my time, have no idea how it’d be done.


The biggest issue I’ve seen is that everyone want something just a tiny bit (or sometimes a lot) different. To accommodate this, at least the old way of dealing with it, is you either:

  • Build something specific for the use case, small and tightly coded which does exactly what’s required (and end up with a fast and small system that needs to be rewritten or added to as soon as you or your client decide you want a bit more functionality), or
  • Build something big and flexible, which will do whatever is needed through either options, plugins or extensions (and end up with a massive gargantuan bloated, but very flexible, mess), or
  • Somewhere in between that compromises both the pros of the above.

That said if someone can give me the power of wordpress, the ease of use of squarespace, the ability to use dropbox as a store, and does a bunch of nifty things out of the box… I’m all over that.

Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 05:00 PM
October 09, 2012
Bitbucket Code Hosting Website Redesign

Kudos to the folks at Bitbucket for their nicely new redesigned site. You probably know bitbucket as “that site that’s just like github but has a slightly different pricing model but does the same stuff”.

Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 09:23 AM
August 07, 2012
Reddit On Rails

So this is a neat project for you Ruby on Rails learners…. Reddit on Rails is an exercise to use your knowledge of Rails to replicate the functionality of

By now you have the knowledge to accomplish much with Rails. We will use that knowledge to build a website from scratch similar in functionality to

Learning a new programming language or system generally go faster if you have a specific goal in mind, and (in general) a typical “hello world” works great, until you decide you need user logins and permissions and suddenly things get a lot harder. This helps that a lot.

Programming , Ruby , Web Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 11:43 AM
July 20, 2012
New Programming Jargon

Great stuff (some new, some old) from Coding Horror: New Programming Jargon.

Funny Stuff , Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 05:42 PM
July 13, 2012
Vim Creep

Great and funny write up on Vim called Vim Creep I found today.

Staying late one night to finish an assignment that was due at midnight, you happened to catch a glimpse over one of the quiet uber-programmer’s shoulders. Your eyes twinkled from the glow of rows upon rows of monitors in the darkened computer lab as you witnessed in awe the impossible patterns of code and text manipulation that flashed across the screen.

“How did you do that?” you asked, incredulous.

The pithy, monosyllabic answer uttered in response changed your life forever: “Vim.”

Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 12:53 PM
July 11, 2012
Opening links in Chrome for iOS

Google has the code for developers who want to add support for Opening links in Chrome for iOS for developers of iOS apps who want to skirt around the “can’t set a default browser” iOS issue.

As a user as long as you ask me (sometimes I want to use mobile safari, sometimes I want to use mobile Chrome), go for it.

Chrome , Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 01:54 PM
July 04, 2012
Try Git In Your Browser

Very cool page over at Github is a way to Try Git In Your Browser, letting you run real git on real github via the browser.

Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 09:32 AM
June 08, 2012
Pow 0.4.0 with support (DNS WildCard For Everyone)

This is a bit geeky, and when I first saw the post from 37 Signals Announcing Pow 0.4.0 with support I really didn’t get it. However, going to the domain was a bit more revealing.   resolves to   resolves to   resolves to   resolves to

If you’re a developer doing web development you will (hopefully) see just how cool this is.

Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 10:55 AM
May 25, 2012
Pre-Build IE VMs For Testing

Many thanks to my buddy staticred for pointing me to the github repository xdissent/ievms which provides a set of pre-build Virtual Machines (VirtualBox) setup with IE6, 7, 8 and 9 for testing if you’re not running windows, or need to test multiple copies of Internet Explorer at the same time (not an easy feat on Windows).

Great resource to have in your back pocket!

Programming , Web Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 01:25 PM
Microsoft pulling free development tools for Windows 8 Desktop

Via Engadget: Microsoft pulling free development tools for Windows 8 desktop apps, only lets you ride the Metro for free.

Microsoft has instituted a big change with its free Visual Studio 11 Express suite that’s leaving some current- and soon-to-be Windows 8 developers up in arms: it’s pulling support for creating anything but Metro-native apps. After 11 becomes the norm, desktop developers will need to either cling to Visual Studio 2010 for dear life or fork over the $500 for Visual Studio 11 Professional.

Kinda sucky.

Microsoft , Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 09:57 AM
May 23, 2012
The guide to implementing 2D platformers

The guide to implementing 2D platformers is a super-geeky look at how platforming games are implemented (and how to if you’re a programmer). Fascinating look at different methods for dealing with things like obstacles, slopes, etc.

Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 01:17 PM
May 21, 2012
GitHub for Windows

GitHub for Windows:

Ever wish there was an easy way to get up and running with Git and GitHub on your Windows computer? Turned off by command line utilities and setting up SSH keys? Want to join the incredible world of open and closed source collaboration that happens on every day?

Today we are releasing GitHub for Windows which is available immediately as a free download.

Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 05:46 PM
May 14, 2012
Programming For a Cause:

You a programmer and want to help others? Hit and check out what they’re doing there.

are you a charity, scientist or engineer in need of programming help? are you a programmer who wants to spend just five minutes helping make the world a better place?

Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 04:43 PM
April 11, 2012
What's Wrong with PHP

As someone recently moved into the world of PHP programming, PHP: a fractal of bad design hits it right on the head.

You pull out the hammer, but to your dismay, it has the claw part on both sides. Still serviceable though, I mean, you can hit nails with the middle of the head holding it sideways.

Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 03:48 PM
Ziptastic API


Ziptastic is a simple API that allows people to ask which Country,State and City are associated with a Zip Code.

So if you are doing web form programming you can let the user enter the zip code first and auto-fill the country/state/city for them. Magic! Grab ziptastic on github.

Programming , Web Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 11:32 AM
April 03, 2012
Create Better Project Pages On GitHub

GitHub has announced their Instantly Beautiful Project Pages project pages, which lets you set yourself up a great looking project page with an automatic page generator.

Ever pushed a new project to GitHub and wished you had the time or talent to make a beautiful page for it? Stop wishing. We’re proud to present the new GitHub Page Generator.

I’m not sure how this affects private repositories, as it publishes a page to

Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 09:35 AM
February 06, 2012
Music for Programming From musicForProgramming();

musicForProgramming(); is:

A series of mixes intended for listening while programming to aid concentration and increase productivity (also compatible with other activities).

Music , Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 05:42 PM
January 04, 2012
Marco's Secondcrack Static Blogging Engine

Marco (of Instapaper fame) has released Second Crack on github, his static blogging engine. The FAQ section of the readme is particularly awesome.

Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 08:30 PM
December 20, 2011
Continuous Integration Server From GitHub Open Sourced

Janky was open sourced today from the fellows over at github. This is a system built on top of a few other open source systems (Jenkins, Hubot, Heroku) and looks like it could be a nice addition of usable software for a small office.

Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 10:57 AM
November 22, 2011
Doom 3 GPL Source Released

Proggit pointed out the Doom 3 GPL source release has happened. You can see the source here on github. Also noted in the reddit comments is this guide to the previously released Quake source code.

iD Software - you are awesome.

Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 08:33 PM
November 02, 2011
Doom 3's Engine Ready for Open-Sourcing

Great news for 3D engine hackers, John Carmack of iD Software, says that Doom 3's engine ready for open-sourcing, awaiting 'OK' from legal. Huge kudos (again) go to Carmack and iD for making their "old" engines available as open source software. I wish more companies did this.

Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 01:53 PM
October 05, 2011
What Will Replace PHP

Good link off of Hacker News on how PHP needs to die. What will replace it?

I await the Next Big Thing. I want to switch away from PHP, I really do. I don't want to be the Perl dinosaur. But whatever it is, it doesn't seem to be here yet. Am I wrong?

Interesting look at what's there in terms of MVC, Rails, Perl, etc.

Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 01:18 PM
September 29, 2011
Understanding Git More Better

Nick Farina - Git Is Simpler Than You Think. Really nice tutorial and view of some of the innards of git, and how to understand the mechanics behind it to get around better.

Did you know the top result for "git tutorial" is this manpage on I will give you a gold star if you can read the whole thing without falling asleep.

So instead let's pull over, open the hood up, and poke around.

Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 12:18 PM
August 02, 2011
An iOS Developer Takes on Android

Interesting article of An iOS Developer Takes on Android and details porting his iOS app to Android.

Overall, the Android frameworks are very well designed and consistent, and the API works harmoniously with the Java language. It's actually similar enough in the fundamentals that our app has almost the exact same class structure on Android as on iOS.

Lots of good bits in there.

Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 09:47 AM
June 29, 2011
Learn Python The Hard Way 2nd Edition

Learn Python The Hard Way second edition has been release. Download in a variety of free or pay formats. Kudos to the great Zed Shaw for this.

Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 01:18 PM
June 09, 2011
RailsInstaller for Windows 2.0.0 Preview

Rails people who enjoy the windows version via RailsInstaller will be happy to see that the RailsInstaller for Windows 2.0.0 Preview Release has goodies like 1.9.2 and 3.1.0 rc support.

Programming , Ruby , Web Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 02:14 PM
April 12, 2011
Sorting Algorithms in Folk Dancing

Many thanks to loyal UFies reader Zacsek for passing on this note:

I recently received these links, and I thought of sharing them with you, maybe they are interesting enough that you will post them: different sorting algorithms illustrated with traditional folk dances from Transylvania.
I think it's an awesome display of culture and worst case performance of the algorithms :))

Definitely worth the link! Thanks for compiling the selection for me!

Programming , Random Linkage - Posted by Arcterex at 01:47 PM
April 07, 2011
Pow: Zero-configuration Rack server for Mac OS X

Pow is a new hotness from the guys at 37 Signals. Single command, no gems, no extra bits, it just runs. Site looks great on the iPhone too.

Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 04:02 PM
March 10, 2011
Xcode 4 Review

Xcode 4: the super mega awesome review:

diting: Xcode gets brains There have been many criticisms of Xcode, especially from those coming from other platforms. "The UI sucks", "the key bindings are different", "it doesn't give me a blow job upon a successful build". Most of them are silly complaints that boil down to either a) Xcode is different, or b) an inability to check if a preference exists. However, there are lots of valid criticisms about Xcode, especially with regards to code completion, refactoring and other similar features. All these ones boil down to a very simple fact: Xcode doesn't really know much about your code. Thankfully Xcode 4 is more than just a pretty face, it also has brains.

Also, screw you Apple for not allowing free account apple devs to download the new version and selling it for $5 in the app store, that's just lame :(

Apple/Mac , Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 01:50 PM
Why Stop Using Subversion

Nice article on why It's time to stop using Subversion.

Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 10:03 AM
December 15, 2010
This is Your Brain on Vim

Very cool blog article on learning vi and vim - This is Your Brain on Vim.

Programming , Random Linkage - Posted by Arcterex at 09:02 AM
November 30, 2010
Impatient Perl (free eBook)

It's 151 pages, and the HTML link is currently broken, but if you're interested in learning perl (as you all should be), check out Impatient Perl, a free eBook by Greg London.

Perl , Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 08:34 AM
October 19, 2010
Enterprise JavaScript Is....

Enterprise JavaScript Provides proven high performance, enterprise-level and scalable JavaScript tips and best practices.

Cool idea.

Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 08:33 AM
October 14, 2010
How To Make A Successful MMO

Interesting article over at on how to make a successful MMO. Good guide for the next time someone ways they have a "WoW killer" and just need you to work for a couple of weeks until they get funding....

Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 11:17 AM
October 06, 2010
Vizeddit - Reddit Votes/Comments in Realtime

Vizeddit is a very cool javascripty magic thing that lets you see reddit votes and comments in realtime. Works on chrome and FF (possibly others). Note: If it's just falling reddit aliens, give it a bit more time, soon it will show up properly (unless the server's crashed again of course). Very cool stuff!

Reddit discussion here.

Programming , Random Linkage - Posted by Arcterex at 11:08 AM
September 25, 2010
Postscript Webserver

I'm not sure what sort of failover you need to support it by getting hit with more than one client at a time, but the fact that a webserver written in postscript exists is pretty damn cool!

Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 11:09 PM
September 06, 2010
Programming Things I Wish I Knew Earlier

Programming Things I Wish I Knew Earlier - from Slashdot.

Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 05:37 PM
DOS on Dope A New MVC Web Framework

No, the "DOS" in DOS on Dope isn't funny or ironic :) I'm not saying that this is useful or practical in any way, but it is pretty cool.

Funny Stuff , Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 12:15 PM
August 24, 2010
Time Lapse Game Creating Video: Making Metagun

Very cool video of Making Metagun, a time lapse of the creation of the game Metagun from start to finish.

Very interesting to see the various different phases from conception to completion, art creation and refinement, level design, and so on.

Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 08:58 AM
August 13, 2010
Porting from DOS to Windows

Very cool article on porting an old DOS game to Windows.

Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 03:05 PM
June 25, 2010
Java 4-ever Video

Fantastic Java vs. .Net video trailer from

Funny Stuff , Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 09:52 AM
June 16, 2010
The Six Stages of Debugging

An older post that I just saw... The Six Stages of Debugging. So so true.

Funny Stuff , Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 09:56 AM
May 14, 2010
Where the printf() Rubber Meets the Road

Where the printf() Rubber Meets the Road is a great look down the deep, deep rabbit hole that is "where is printf() implemented" in a language that doesn't support inline assembler. For deep programmer geeks only :)

Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 09:50 AM
April 30, 2010
Jeff Atwood on What's Wrong With CSS

Coding horror has a good look at What's Wrong With CSS. As someone who doesn't 'do' CSS, it's pretty interesting to see the analysis and some of the solutions he's come up with.

Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 08:45 AM
April 16, 2010
Use The Right Tool For the Job

Missing the point (kinda) but still awesome is the second answer to this Code Golf challenge on Stack Overflow.

Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 02:57 PM
April 12, 2010
Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Released

For you Windows Developers out there, you'll be happy to hear that Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 has been released.

Microsoft , Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 12:12 PM
April 11, 2010
Dangerous UI Elements

Signal vs Noise has some good stuff on the ejector seat analogy. This is a nice follow up to the spikey buttons post a while back.

I'd love to see this sort of UI element thought go into some of the more common operations we do every day.

Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 11:10 PM
March 25, 2010
Learning Git Online

Git Ready is a site that looks to collect and display tips and tricks for learning git for users of all levels.

Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 03:38 PM
March 22, 2010
TextMate/Emacs/Vim Color Theme Generator

Very awesome Color Theme Generator for Vim/EMACS and TextMate from a link on reddit. Great work from Sweyla.

Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 01:29 PM
March 15, 2010
Props for Vimcasts

I have to give Vimcasts some advertising and props. I've been using Vi/Vim since I was introduced to Unix in 1994 or so and learned new things in the first podcast. That's either a great compliment to Drew Neil or saying something about my ability to learn new things over almost 15 years :) Either way, if you use vim at all, this is a must-subscribe.

Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 09:58 AM
March 11, 2010
Gay marriage: The Database Engineering Perspective

Passed on through an IRC channel is Gay marriage: the database engineering perspective. Really it has almost nothing to do with Gay Marriage, but more the act of iterating through a (seemingly) simple problem for a database design. A good read.

Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 02:28 PM
March 10, 2010
Code Bubbles Project: Rethinking the UI of IDEs

Interesting new look at the IDE: Code Bubbles Project.

Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 02:58 PM
March 09, 2010
Github Explorer Preview

LumberJAPH (awesome title btw) has a preview of github explorer, a visualizer for github projects using the github API. Very cool.

Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 12:53 PM
March 01, 2010
GitHub Introduces Compare View

The GitHub blog just Introducing GitHub Compare View. Nice way to view the differences between branches for projects hosted at GitHub.

Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 01:59 PM
February 16, 2010
Why Rails Feels like a Developers Only Playground [and Response]

My buddy Curtis wrote a good article on Why Rails Feels like a Developers Only Playground.

Yeah the guys I work with at the Fv.rb are joking, but otherwise it seems to be a mentality that goes through dev's heads. They can't design but don't want to take the bit of extra time to help someone get up to speed. Most designers are more than smart enough, and many are willing, to learn some new technologies if someone is willing to give them a helping hand.

Read on for my responses...

I don't think that devs aren't willing to help someone learn, in fact, I think that the Rails (and indeed, programmers in general) are more than happy to help out.

However developers know how developers think, and helping out someone who knows how to program (sorry, but HTML and CSS isn't "programming") is a lot different than helping a non-developer. Speaking as someone who tried to help their drama major ex-girlfriend (not major drama ex-girlfriend, that came later) through a simple while loop to increment a variable, I can attest to you 100% that different people's brains work differently, and that creative people and programmer-type people sometimes have a huge chasm of grokking between them.

Rails doesn't feel like a designers playground because it's a web programming framework, designed by developers for developers, and if you ignore some of the cool CSS and HTML frameworks built in and around it, there's really not much there for designers doing designer work in rails. Maybe I'm just daft, but other than pointing to the directories where various templates are stored, and showing someone what loops look like and what to style, I'm not sure that rails has anything over any other framework design wise. IE: none.

Now designing a site is a completely different matter. You want a good, knows their shit designer like Curtis involved in your project from the start, and maybe that's what the rails community is missing, someone to help shape their programmatic designs based on good web design. This involves site setup, layout, page headers and meta-data, etc, but, IMHO, doesn't infringe much into the "programming" world.

Programming , Web Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 11:56 AM
February 10, 2010
Reddit Clones In Various Languages

OK, this is just awesome. Check out a few clones written in a variety of languages. Also note the comment to code ratio in the Perl example! ;)

Funny Stuff , Perl , Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 11:34 AM
February 04, 2010
Doom iPhone Code Review

Doom Iphone code review. Cool.

Gaming , Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 01:33 PM
January 28, 2010
RDoc via OSX's

Sweet little ruby gem (pardon the pun) to allow you to access RDoc via OSX's Very nice little hack! Thanks for passing it on @dkubb!

Programming , Ruby - Posted by Arcterex at 02:26 PM
January 13, 2010
Build an Application (Even if it Already Exists)

Great article on why you should Build an Application (Even if it Already Exists) as a programmer, especially if you're trying to learn something. There's been many many times in my question to learn say, Ruby on Rails where I've thought of a good idea (to me anyway) only to find that it already exists in 18 different forms already, so I've dismissed it as silly to re-invent the wheel. Good thoughts in Caleb's article.

Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 09:36 AM
December 16, 2009
How Phusion Built A More Efficient Ruby 1.8 Interpreter

Interesting looking Google TechTalk by Phusion on How They Built A More Efficient Ruby 1.8 Interpreter.

Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 08:36 AM
December 08, 2009
Setup Ruby, Rails, nginx and Passenger on Ubuntu

Great tutorial on how to Setup Ruby Enterprise Edition, nginx and Passenger (aka mod_rails) on Ubuntu. There are a bunch of nice subtle things that this tutorial goes through and learns you that you might not have gotten (or have had to search for anyway) with just doing a standard "apt-get install rails" on your shiny new Linux server. Wow, english is hard for me today.... "learns you"? Geez...

Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 09:17 AM
December 02, 2009
GOTO Considered REALLY Harmful

Every day that I am a programmer I am thankful that I don't have a job like figuring out The "Who Knows?" Code that this poor guy had to deal with.


Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 03:24 PM
November 29, 2009
RubyConf 2009 Videos

Those who didn't get to go to RubyConf will be happy to know that the RubyConf 2009 videos are out.

Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 10:34 AM
November 17, 2009
Parsing Html The Cthulhu Way

In Coding Horror's Parsing Html The Cthulhu Way, you really get the idea that parsing HTML with regexes is a bad idea. From the article:

Every time you attempt to parse HTML with regular expressions, the unholy child weeps the blood of virgins, and Russian hackers pwn your webapp. Parsing HTML with regex summons tainted souls into the realm of the living.

Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 09:27 AM
November 16, 2009
RubyMine Releases 2.0

For those of you who do your Ruby on Rails coding in an IDE, you'll be no doubt excited that JetBrains RubyMine is 2.0. Rubymine is a very cool app which I've been experimenting with for some of my projects. Very reasonably priced, and very complete if you read through the docs and check out the screencasts.

Programming , Software - Posted by Arcterex at 03:22 PM
November 03, 2009
Stack Overflow Launches Careers

Coding Horror notes that Stack Overflow Careers: Amplifying Your Awesome has launched. This is a free CV hosting system which builds on their peer reputation system. Very cool idea.

Programming , Random Linkage - Posted by Arcterex at 08:54 AM
September 29, 2009
jwz on Palm and their App Catalog Process

JWZ writes up on his ongoing Kafka-esque nightmare of dealing with Palm and their App Catalog submission process. Lets just say he's not impressed.

Update: Fake Steve Jobs has weighed in on the conversation.

Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 09:00 AM
September 25, 2009
Whitespace Programming Language

Check out this Whitespace Tutorial for a look at probably the most dastardly and horrible idea for a programming language, ever. So dastardly it might just work!

Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 12:23 PM
August 20, 2009
Dirty Coding Tricks

An awesome article / confessional on Dirty Coding Tricks used for PC and console gaming.

Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 07:47 PM
July 29, 2009
Pro Git (Book)

Pro Git is a free online book from the guys at GitHub (along with a dead tree version).

Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 01:36 PM
July 22, 2009
Apollo 11 Source Code

Holy crap, how cool is this!? Amidst all the rest of the 40th Anniversary of Man On The Moon fever comes the Apollo 11 mission's source code!

To commemorate this event the Command Module code (Comanche054) and Lunar Module code (Luminary099) have been transcribed from scanned images to run on yaAGC (an open source AGC emulator) by the Virtual AGC and AGS project.

Some amusing comments in the article as well.... you'd almost think the internet is full of smarmy gits! :)

If you think about it too hard, your mind will be blown. First of all, man walked on the freakin' moon. Secondly they did it 40 years ago. Lastly they did it with computers with less processing power than your phone. In fact, you can't even really compare your iPhone to the Apollo 11 computer, it's more like a quarter of the power of the original IBM XT, ie: about 1mhz.

Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 04:31 PM
June 20, 2009
iPhone 3.0 SDK Available for Download

As expected, the SDK for iPhone OS 3.0 is now available from the Apple Developer Connection. You don't need to join the $99 program to get access anymore, but you will of course have to have your Apple login setup.

Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 09:52 AM
May 26, 2009
GIT and Vim

Using Git with Vim is a great new article over at OSNews. It details some plugins for using Vim with GIT and other information. For those who don't know, GIT is the new hotness in source control, and Vim is the old hotness and best text editor ever. :)

Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 03:57 PM
May 19, 2009
MooTools vs. JQuery

Ever wondered how to Choose Between Two Great JavaScript Frameworks? This site gives some of the pros and cons of the MooTools and JQuery frameworks. Note: Written by the MooTools author.

Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 04:25 PM
May 18, 2009
Programming Fonts

Hivelogic has their list of Top 10 Programming Fonts. Some good ones in there, looking forward to installing them on my systems.

Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 12:16 PM
May 01, 2009
Javascript Nav Techniques

Found via digg: 20 Excellent JavaScript Navigation Techniques and Examples. Some very cool stuff in there for designers and web monkeys alike.

Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 02:01 PM
April 24, 2009
Rails Hoster Heroku Launches Commercially

The Ruby on Rails hosting/provisioning service Heroku has just announced their Commercial Launch. The free service will remain, with users getting a "dyno" and database as they have been (and that system is still perfectly adequate for hosting smaller apps.

Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 06:32 PM
April 18, 2009
Book of Ruby Completed (Free Download)

The Book of Ruby has been completed. 425 pages, 300 Sample Programs, free for download on the linked page.

Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 11:28 PM
April 14, 2009
Visualizing Sorting Algorithms

Visualising Sorting Algorithms. For all your nerdy needs :)

Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 09:26 PM
April 03, 2009
8 Levels of Programmer

Coding Horror: The Eight Levels of Programmers. Funny cause it's true.

Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 03:05 PM
E Text Editor Source Released

Via reddit. Seems the folks producing the E Text Editor (think TextMate for Windows) are Releasing the Source on github. This is cool, as TextMate is the de-facto programming editor for Mac, and it'll be cool to see something with it's power (and from the screencast on the main page, pretty much the same capabilities) out there for Linux and Mac as well. From the article it doesn't look like it's purely an open source license (a la GPL and friends), but it's a great start, and I'm excited to see what happens with this.

Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 09:08 AM
March 30, 2009
Ruby on Rails 2.3 - 10 Cool Things

Any Ruby on Rails programmers out there will know that version 2.3 was just released.... Railspikes has 10 Cool Things in Rails 2.3 to wet your appetite about what's new in this release.

Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 04:08 PM
March 20, 2009
Reverse Engineering Obfuscated C

Awesome article from the Microsoft site on Reverse Engineering the Twelve Days of Christmas written in obfuscated C code (circa 1998).

Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 11:19 AM
Subversion 1.6 Released

Looks like Subversion1.6 has been released. Hit the link for changes/info/etc.

Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 10:48 AM
March 19, 2009
Rubyist Magazine

Along with the free Rails Magazine available, check out The Rubyist which has two issues and a free PDF download.

Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 09:36 AM
March 17, 2009
Rails Magazine Issue #1 Available

If you're interested in Ruby on Rails, you'll be happy to know that Rails Magazine Issue 1 is now available. Free digital download, or you can order a dead-tree version.

Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 01:58 PM
March 10, 2009
Signs your Coders don't have enough work to do....

xkcd - A Webcomic - Not Enough Work

Programming - Posted by aryk at 09:46 PM
December 20, 2008
Super Cool Javascript Effect

I'm not normally one for funky javascript effects, but I have to say that this is very cool.

Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 02:15 PM
November 28, 2008
New Rails 2.2 "How To" Video

Remember a few years ago when Ruby on Rails first made itself known and the canonical example video was the one where a weblog was written in 15 minutes? Ahh.... memories. Good to know that there is a New 15-minute blog video on Rails 2.2 to do the same thing with all the new shiny stuff in 2.2.

Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 12:31 PM
November 21, 2008
Ruby on Rails 2.2 Released

Not much to say here, Rails 2.2 has escaped from the developers.

Rails 2.2 is finally done after we cleared the last issues from the release candidate program. This release contains an long list of fixes, improvements, and additions that’ll make everything Rails smoother and better, but we also have a number of star player features to parade this time.

Course, I'm still in chapter 1 of my Rails 1.1 book, so this is way too much for me to process on how good or bad it is :)

Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 05:03 PM
November 20, 2008
String Matching Algorithms

Found a link on reddit with examples and code for 33 String Matching Algorithms. Even if you're not into deep coding, it's very cool to see just what goes into something which seems fairly simple and is so common in computers.

Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 09:11 AM
September 15, 2008
Stack Overflow Launches

Joel on Software has launched a new project called Stack Overflow... basically an answer to the crappy results out there for programming problems.

So the links. Here's the blog and the actual site. It basically looks like "digg for programming problems" which I'm undecided if this is just a following of a fad or a decent idea. On one hand if it was digg for programmers it'd be lame, but for programming problems it has potential I believe.

Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 09:12 AM
August 21, 2008
Optimized CSS

7 Principles Of Clean And Optimized CSS Code.

Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 11:33 AM
August 12, 2008
Ruby 1.9 Slideshow

Ruby 1.9: What to Expect.

Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 10:21 AM
July 08, 2008
Ruby and Rails Tips and 2.1 Resources

Couple of links for the Ruby folks out there. First up is 6 Optimization Tips for Ruby MRI with some nice and simple suggestions for optimization. Next is an excellent list of resources for getting up to speed with Rails 2.1.

Any rails programmers out there want to let me know what the best way to keep up with the ruby and rails community is? It seems that every week the way to do things (plugins, svn vs git, github, etc) changes way more rapidly than it's possible to learn as a newbie. Should I just stick with reading and learning from the RoR 1.2.x book I have, or try to learn from whatever the latest-and-greatest RoR technique of the day is?

Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 09:10 AM
July 04, 2008
Cost for One Web App in 4 Days Work

Very cool article on techcrunch about How To Build A Web App in Four Days For $10,000. It's actually more interesting in the way of viewing what tools are suggested and the idea of taking a break for the grind of work to do something quick and creative to re-invigorate a development team.

I remember doing this once long long ago while working in the basement of the company-that-was-Netmaster... at some point or another the boss (that'd be now-windows-security-expert Dana for those not familiar with my work history) got into a discussion with someone on some mailing list and we ended up taking the afternoon off to build a web portal. It never actually went anywhere, but it was fun, fast, and a good mental exercise to get the juices going again. I recall doing this again years later in the company that Netmaster morphed into to create a three factor authentication addon for our security product, but it was far more stressed, more work, less fun, and that it never went anywhere was kinda a pissoff cause it was a really cool system. Ah well, live and learn :)

Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 01:09 PM
June 14, 2008
Rails 2.1 Free eBook

Riding Rails: Free Rails 2.1 Book - via the riding rails blog.

Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 02:06 PM
May 06, 2008
Coding Horror on MVC

Coding Horror has a nice article on Understanding Model-View-Controller. Well worth the read for people not so up on it like myself.

Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 11:27 AM
April 24, 2008
A Merb Tutorial

Nice simple chat wall Merb tutorial, giving you a full demo from start to finish using Merb, a Ruby on Rails type web framework.

Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 02:44 PM
March 19, 2008
Rails 2.0 Performance

There's been some benchmarking doing a Performance comparison: Rails 1.2.6 vs 2.0.2. According to the blog entry rails 2.0 gives about a 30-50% speed increase. Good to see that things are getting faster as they mature!

Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 03:20 PM
February 03, 2008
Rails 2.0 Step By Step

Interesting looking set of articles on Rails 2.0 and Scaffolding Step by Step. So far there are 2 parts of fairly in depth and well written information about Ruby on Rails 2.0.

Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 10:43 PM
January 30, 2008
Super Fast Bulk Data Import in Rails

Via the rails envy podcast I found Super-fast bulk data imports in Rails with ar-extensions. Basically a scaling issue is that importing a billion records into rails via ActiveRecord sucks, this lets you do bulk imports and makes them much faster.

Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 09:21 AM
January 01, 2008
Rails Rant from Mongrel Developer

Rails Is A Ghetto is a potentially explosive rant from the Mongrel (a Ruby/Rails webserver) developer, slamming a lot of the rails people out there. Interesting to see what (if anything) this turns into.

Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 12:13 AM
December 13, 2007
Rails 2.0 Screencasts

Just a quick nod to Akita on Rails for his Rails 2.0 Screencast and tutorial part 1 and part 2.

He commented on my original "Rails 2.0 is out" story with them and from what I've seen it's good stuff, so I wanted to give some more exposure.

Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 09:06 AM
December 07, 2007
Ruby on Rails 2.0 Released

Rails 2.0: It's done! proclaims the RoR blog. Good job guys! Looking forward to playing with the new stuff.

Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 10:35 AM
October 14, 2007
Which Is the Faster Interpreter For Webapps?

Phil Hofsetter goes to some lengths to figure out mod_php, LightTPD, FastCGI - What's fastest?

Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 03:04 PM
October 01, 2007
When You Push the Operating System Limits....

Nice post by Raymond Chen about pushing operating system limits, in saying that if you're pushing the OS limits, nesting things 255 levels deep, or adding more than 65k objects on a form, you're probably needing a bit of redesign. Definitely a good point, though he does not that that is a big 'probably' as I'm sure there are cases where programmers are needlessly hindered by random OS limits.

Case in point, a story from back in the day.

When I first embarked into the IT world I was doing tech support for the Real Estate board, and eventually a bit of programming. This programming was done in a basic-type language whose name I don't remember, and it was used to do screen scraping and data manipulation from a dial up program (ie: call in, do a search, get the results, format them, output to a file for upload to a different system).

One day they wanted me to move from the text based language to a different system, again, similar but slightly different. Many times I really needed to compare code from one program and use it in another... a simple operation these days, and it's pretty common to compare two source files at a time. In this system, instead of a nice system where you could open the code in notepad (or edit at the time), it was:

  1. Binary format (no opening in edit)
  2. The editor couldn't open more than one source file at a time
  3. The program couldn't be open more than one time (to open multiple versions and therefor, multiple source files)
  4. IIRC there was something wonky with the cut and paste (no copying to a text file to compare later).

Honestly, it really felt like they were doing as much as possible to ensure that people didn't use the system for programming. As I recall, I didn't do much programming in that program/language.

Granted, that's not an OS limit, but a application limit :)

Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 09:14 PM
September 30, 2007
Rails 2.0 Preview

The Ruby on Rails weblog has a nice look at the Rails 2.0: Preview Release. Sadly no quick list of new stuff, nothing I can summarize easily anyway.

Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 10:50 PM
September 25, 2007
Scalable Rails Apps Presentation

A good presentation on writing scalable rails apps from RailsConf in Berlin.

Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 02:31 PM
June 18, 2007
Nice Ruby / Rails Tutorial

Kevin Rose found a nice tutorial on Starting Ruby on Rails. Much nicer than some of the other ones out there, quick and to the point and oriented towards other programmers.

Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 01:57 PM
June 03, 2007
Wii Controlled Source Control

Hows this for making source control more fun for programmers? Check out this video of a Wii controlling Plastic SCM.

Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 12:42 PM
June 01, 2007
Filling Forms Automatically in HTML::Mason

I seem to be the only person programming in HTML::Mason anymore, so this link about Filters And HTML Fill In Form, showing how to use HTML::FillInForm to automatically for checking / filling in the values. Different way than the way I do it, so good to know.

Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 08:37 AM
May 30, 2007
Better Coding

Some good stuff on ways to write more comprehensible code.

Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 04:17 PM
March 22, 2007
Automatic Staging Server with CVS

Found on planet gnome is a howto on Creating An Automated Staging Server using CVS.

It’s easy to create an automated staging server for content that doesn’t need to be compiled (like most web content.) The trick is that CVS has a very flexible logging system. All you need to do is have your CVS server send an email on each check in and have the staging server take that email and check out the files that changed.

Details follow in the link.

Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 12:07 PM
February 20, 2007
Code a Raytracer in a weekend?

This guy is a machine, coding a raytracer over 48 hours on a weekend... he called it PixelMachine and has a full log (with pretty pictures) of progress starting Saturday the 17th and ending Sunday the 18th.....

Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 10:14 PM
January 05, 2007
Vim Input for Visual Studio

This is cool, ViEmu/VS: vi-vim editor emulation for Microsoft Visual Studio. Basically looks like it allows you to use the vi modal model for visual studio editing. This might make me go and check out MSVS again (sorry Microsoft, but my fingers only seem to know how to do vi editing while programming)....

Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 04:25 PM
December 22, 2006
JS Client Side Table Sorting / Filtering

While I'm not a really big fan of JS, I am a huge fan of pre-made systems that easily plug into existing code and solve problems, say, easy and quick Table Sorting, Filtering, Etc. This solution from JavascriptToolbox has some really nice features. The only thing I don't see (yet, I might have just missed it) is a combination of sorting and paging.

Still, definitely something to plug into my next web project.

Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 10:20 AM
November 06, 2006
Math For Programmers

A nice post on Math For Programmers. Finally justification that algerbra in school really was torture! Via jwz.

Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 11:12 AM
October 31, 2006
More GNOME / Mono Optimization

Aaron Bockover writes up a cool entry on Cracking down on heap abuse in Mono, telling how he did optimization work in TagLib-Sharp (a mono library for MP3 tagging) and moved memory allocation down from (for example) 103mb to 16mb! I honestly don't 100% understand a lot of what is actually going on, but seeing optimization work like this really is cool to me. Keep up the good work!

GNOME , Linux , Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 08:47 AM
May 30, 2006
Your Startup and Ruby on Rails

An interesting and sarcastic (yet funny) article entitled Why your startup should use Ruby on Rails. All good points in there (for those too lazy to RTFA the point is really saying why you shouldn't use RoR), however I think a similar article could be written about your favorite language or framework. In fact, your favorite language sucks! :)

For anyone who has looked at RoR or Catalyst or any of the newer frameworks web frameworks available out there it's an interesting read. Amazingly the comments to the story haven't devolved into a flamewar yet. We can still hope though!

Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 08:59 AM
May 14, 2004
OpenSceneGraph Open Source 3D Toolkit Oohhhh...... OpenSceneGraph is pretty swanky. Boone pointed it out this morning, it runs on most every OS, uses OpenGL, and looks pretty good too.
Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 09:09 AM
April 16, 2004
Perl Filtering with Bloom Hat tip to random($foo) for his pointer to's article on Using Bloom Filters. Basically a much less expensive way of using a hash for doing existance lookups on large amounts of data.
Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 10:01 AM
March 31, 2004
Vim For Perl Developers Title pretty much says it all. random($foo) pointed out Vim for Perl developers with some good tips and tricks that apply pretty well to perl and other languages as well.
Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 01:01 PM
February 17, 2004
W2K Source Code Review K5 has an article with a quick look at the Win2k source. The author notes on the quality, style, comments, undocumented messages and features used by various MS applications, and potential risks of the code being out in the wild (already released exploits aside :)
Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 06:08 PM
February 08, 2004
CSS Debugging Cool, codepoetry has a CSS Debugging Stylesheet that looks like it'll be handy when I finally redesign things. Any day now. Honest.
Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 08:38 PM
December 18, 2003
OO Is Not the Be-All and End-All Interesting discussion of OOP over the top is a bad and scary thing. The article that prompted this might have been a joke (hard to tell, it seems serious enough), but it's still an interesting read as I wouldn't doubt that this has happened at some point.
Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 02:48 PM
July 17, 2003
Cost Of Embedded Projects A Microsoft funded survey found that Linux was more expensive than Microsoft for embedded development (so spake the the reg). I'm am shocked by this, just shocked....
Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 02:17 PM
April 21, 2003
Postgresql Interview Interesting Interview with the PostgreSQL Team on OSNews, lots of notes on what is to come.
Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 01:52 PM
April 04, 2003
Pair Programming Via Screen Some good suggestions from /. on using screen for pair programming. I didn't realize that screen could do this... definately helps if you want to pair program and don't have desks that allow two people to be close enough to the keyboard... Silv, Engel, and Foz will be interested in this. The original topic of this (Hydra) is cool too.
Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 10:15 AM
April 01, 2003
BeOS Filesystem Overview Pretty neat look at the design of the BeOS filesystem. Part of a larger series from a while back entitled Tales of a BeOS Refugee. Neat stuff. Anyone know if BeOS is atill around anywhere, or available to play with?
Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 11:55 AM
February 07, 2003
Why Not to Use Microsoft Visual Source Safe Related to a rant I posted on my own site a while back about the lack of decent Version Control for the Microsoft world, I found an interesting article entitled Visual SourceSafe: Microsoft's Source Destruction System. I've heard some stories about VSS from someone who worked with it, and it had me both laughing out loud and shuddering.
Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 04:26 PM
October 10, 2002
QT vs. MFC Programming Phil, of has written a nice article on his experiences with programming in MFC vs Qt. A bit biased of course, coming from a site devoted to QT and KDE programs, but interesting nontheless.
Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 11:03 PM
October 08, 2002
What Platform to use for a MySQL server Jeremy Zawodny's blog has a good little writeup entitled FreeBSD or Linux for your MySQL Server? A good read.
Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 12:24 PM
October 04, 2002
VB Love Did I say "love"? Damn, I meant "loath"! Thanks to Brad for passing on an article on Thirteen Ways to Loathe VB.
Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 01:00 PM
August 11, 2002
What Java Needs Via a /. story comes 10 Reasons We Need Java 3.0. The comments on the story are good too :) Any comments from the java programmers out there?
Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 04:43 PM
July 21, 2002
C++ Tips and Tricks K5 has a great article detailing some c++ bag of tricks. In there are some tools and programs that will make your c++ programming (and some work for just C as well of course) faster and quicker (or at least better :)
Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 09:42 PM