Heard about this on the Langsmiths list. I’m sure I’ve heard about it before though. It’s a small, fast optimising C compiler. It has the preprocessor, assembler and linker all built-in, and can even act as a C interpreter. Well worth a look.
A great HCI comic. Whodathunkit? :-)
Silent Bob records all incoming music, streaming or otherwise, from the soundcard. When the user decides to record and pushes the button, no problem Silent-Bob has already started the recording 2 minutes earlier! Never miss the begining!
I’ve said for a long time that something like this, though I was thinking of a more hardware-based solution, could get past all of the nonsense we’re threatened with these days. Nifty!
Now there can be absolutely no excuses for not understanding them!
A tribute to the second best game ever written, the best, of course, being Élite. :-)
WSJ on Interactive Fiction.
Could come in very useful.
A WYSIWYG that sucks less.
Prototype is almost great. Pity it messes with Object though.
A look into the early days of email, how it could have turned out much worse, and how it holds some lessons for what’s going on today.
Christopher Diggins actually posts something interesting and useful! Wonders will never cease!
Reminds me of Ned Batchelder’s article on stringification.
The European ministers of Justice and the European Commission want to keep all telephone and internet traffic data of all 450 million Europeans. If you are concerned about this plan, please sign the petition.
You know it’s right!
1001 idiotic things people do with sockets (especially on Windows) and how to avoid them.
Ooh! I had an account on this back in ‘98. I must see if it still works some time.
Free file hosting. Useful if you can’t FTP to a server and need to get a file to somebody without emailing it as an attachment. Or something.
Hurray! I played around with Occam in my Realtime System classes in college. It’s pretty cool.
FusionWiki isn’t quite good enough yet to be noted here, but here’s hoping…
Videos of his lectures.
There’s some great comments. Oh, and read the linked-to book review.
After using MSDE and the MSSQL client tools for so long, MSSQL Express just feels so primitive!
Paul Graham reveals his secret sauce. :-) Having little or no business sense, I doubt I’ll ever be in a position to put this to good use.
Interesting lexer/parser. Not much use to me right now, but you never know.
A sane look at all the Web 2.0 nonsense.
James Shore on those rather awful and misguided TDD guidelines MSFT came out with recently. And there are similar criticisms from others.
How there’s plenty of tools out there to suppliment VS.NET as it is to give you the same kind of support, if not better, without needing to upgrade.
How the various kinds of indexes work in MSSQL.
And read the related post Microsoft Takes It on the Chin over TDD and Debunking Microsoft’s Guidelines for TDD.
This WTF should form a lemma in any argument for why your private/protected variables should be marked in some manner.
Yes, that Scott Adams. Synopsis:
Imagine that you meet a very old man who–you eventually realize–knows literally everything. Imagine that he explains for you the great mysteries of life–quantum physics, evolution, God, gravity, light, psychic phenomenon, and probability–in a way so simple, so novel, and so compelling that it all fits together and makes perfect sense. What does it feel like to suddenly understand everything? God’s Debris isn’t the final answer to the Big Questions. But it might be the most compelling vision of reality you will ever read. The thought experiment is this: Try to figure out what’s wrong with the old man’s explanation of reality. Share the book with your smart friends then discuss it later while enjoying a beverage.
Hurray! I was looking for the URL for Prevayler.
When I was at college, I came to similar conclusions after seeing the way many of those in my course struggled with the practical aspects of development. We should drop the pretence of being “engineers” or “scientists”, admit that we’re really craftsmen and artisans, and train people appropriately.
Nice wee article covering NUnit.
“AJAX” without the useless hooplah.
Database abstraction library for PHP. Might use this. Also, ADOdb Lite.
Jon Udell compares the vision of Google Base with Microsoft’s Simple Sharing Extensions (SSE) vision.
I think every commercial developer, be they working on shrinkwrap or bespoke, will nod their heads reading this.