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Blog Archive for cayhorstmann during December 2007

I got an OLPC for the holiday season. No, it wasn't for the Horstmann twins—after all, it is one laptop per child, so the child must be myself. I got it through the “give one, get one program”. For $400, I got mine and a much more deserving kid somewhere out there got one as well. (Hurry if you want to get yours—the program ends today.) Twelve years ago, in Chapter 1 of...
There has been another flurry of discussions about closures in Java and minor language enhancements, together with the usual flurry of “leave the language alone” lamentations. Conspicuously absent from this discussion was my pet unappreciated language feature, native properties. Properties get no respect. Every few weeks, another blogger comes along and says “we need a property...
I am a reviewer for Java One. I have about 350 project proposals to plow through and not enough time to give each of them justice. One submitter proposed a talk on "Doing your own language". The outline talked about parsing, abstract syntax trees, and generating code. I flippantly commented "A DSL is not a DYOL. You use a DSL precisely because you DON'T want to write another parser." Of course...