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Programming

Michael Levin posted a Java coding challenge this morning to write a Java program to show what terms like e.g., 99.999% reliability actually means. Here's my quick and dirty take (written while watching F1 :-): /* * What does X nines reliability really mean? */import java.io.*;public class Nines{    private static int SPM = 60;    private static int SPH = SPM * 60;...
on Apr 24, 2005
Guy Steele is leading a group to build a new programming language called Fortress. In homage to the old SATs, Fortress is to Fortran as Java is to C++. :-) That is, Fortress is about doing high-performance number crunching. Alas, Fortress is not yet available for us to play with. The complete article is: The Soul of a New Programming Language. The most telling quote: "I'm now not convinced that...
on Mar 12, 2005
"Mr. Ed" deconstructs the all too common tendency of developers to make horrendously vague propositions in his Basic Critical Thinking for Software Developers blog entry. His primary example is an assertion about pair programming so extreministas should definitely go wild. :-)
on Jan 18, 2004