Category Archives: Rants

More thoughts on version control

The shadow of Git has lately begun to loom over my programming habits. It has actually become the principal version control system at work, with most active projects migrated to it from ClearCase, Mercurial, CVS, etc. And recent collaborative programming … Continue reading

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Programmer-friendly blogging

Commenting on a blog post about an interesting use of generics in Java, I’ve had the pleasure of seeing my carefully typed code translated from: to: Gosh, I never realised type erasure could be performed at the HTML level. Unfortunately … Continue reading

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New SSD

A couple of Fridays ago, a solid state drive — the 256GB Crucial M4 — on which I’d been keeping my eye became available again at a reasonable price, so within a few minutes I placed an order. It arrived … Continue reading

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Is software “engineering” ?

(TL;DR – Yes, but it isn’t architecture.) This question, and the subject of vocational nomenclature in general, has been grinding my gears for ages, and deserves a rant of its own. Sometimes it is difficult to know what to call … Continue reading

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Beyond Hello World

A common pattern for introducing a programming language is the Hello World program. But what exactly can you tell about a language from looking at its Hello World program?

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Project summary

Well we’ve been here for over a year now. Although I’ve had the occasional rant or travelogue, it’s mostly been concerned with my “hobby” programming. My State of the Blog follows.

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SQL laziness

A small, but cathartic, rant on what’s irritating me today.

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