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Programming

As I drove to work one particularly foggy morning, I listened to a National Public Radio report about research done on fruit flies. A scientist believes he had isolated the gene that not only affects whether the flies are better adapted to cold or hot weather, but also their mating compatibility. The cold weather flies mate with each other, while the same warm whether flies stick together....
on Dec 8, 2003
I have to admit that I only use a debugger if someone wants to show me a problem he discovered within his debugger. Other than that I never used a debugger since I started to code in Java even thought I used debuggers before in C and C++. But when I started with Java there were no debuggers and so I have to rely on debugging statements and stack traces. When the first useful debuggers became...
on Dec 2, 2003
Most people believe they are a better driver than the rest of the motorists on the road. Of course, that can't possibly true; there has to be at least a handful of below average drivers. And you know who they are. The jerks to your left, right, front, and rear on the highway. Do we as developers feel the same way, that we are a better programmer than the average Joe in our profession? I'll...
on Nov 25, 2003
I have spent the last two months creating a front end for our new GenBank in a Box web product. Perl is a rather new language for me, and one not entirely to my taste. Going in, I expected the hardest part of the project to be learning Perl and its idiosyncrasies. Not a chance. The coding time went well, and I am pretty pleased with how it turned out. Among other things, I now have a far...
on Nov 11, 2003