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Blog Archive for cayhorstmann during October 2008

In my software engineering class, we are designing an application that shows films and events for the Cinequest film festival on Blackberry devices. We need to get film schedules and descriptions from a server onto the mobile phones. A typical query would be: “Show all movies playing today”. SOAP seems total overkill, and I doubt that there is a SOAP stack for the BB. (A Google search...
My second "refcard" has been published by DZone. This time, the DZone team managed to cram an unbelievable amount of Core Java language and library facts onto a small PDF file. Check it out here. I had a harder time with this card than with my JSF refcard. The Java library is vast, and there is no point in duplicating a tiny fraction of the API documentation. The refcard contains the usual items...
I am teaching an undergraduate course in programming languages. We build interpreters and compilers for toy languages, in the hope that students gain a basic understanding of syntax, semantics, and language translation. I use Scala to implement the interpreters and compilers because of its nifty “combinator parser” library. (This and this blog have nice introductions into Scala...