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Some Blogs I Like

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Finding good programming blogs is a tricky business. Here is a list I have curated over the last couple of years.

http://blog.8thlight.com/...
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My Code Has Dozens of Errors

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Imagine the situation: You're in your programming 101 class and are working on your homework assignment. You have to write a program to do something. Mortgages seem to be a dull but popular topic.

So, you're writing your dull Mortgage program (like you will even care what a mortgage is for another decade). You might have spent a couple of...
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Shaking up the Industry with Scala

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There is soon to be a big change wrought on the programming community, and it is going to be driven by hardware. Processor speed is about as fast as it can be with current technology. To satisfy the need for speed, manufacturers are combining several chips into parallel processors. Multicore is the future and that means concurrent...
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Humbled by Prolog

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I was very excited to reach Prolog. It was something completely new to me, so much so that it made me feel like a complete beginner in a way that nothing in programming has in a very long time.

I'm working my way through Seven Languages in Seven Weeks by Bruce Tate. So far we have explored Ruby and Io.

Prolog is a declarative language....
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Io in Seven Languages in Seven Weeks

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I've just finished week two of Seven Languages in Seven Weeks by Bruce Tate. Last week was Ruby where we dived into writing Domain Specific languages and meta programming. The Ruby chapter got me thinking about how I can use mixins in Java...
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Mixins in Java

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One of the great things with learning new languages is it helps me to think about problems in different ways. After learning a little bit of SML I'm happier using recursive solutions in Java. When I choose wisely, it makes my code a little cleaner. As part of working through the Seven Languages in Seven Days book, I learned about mixins in...
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Ruby in Seven Languages in Seven Weeks

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You couldn't find a book title that aligns more perfectly with my blog's mission statement: Seven Languages in Seven Weeks by Bruce A. Tate. It's a whistle stop tour of seven programming languages. Each one is chosen for an aspect of its programming model.

The languages are Ruby, Io, Prolog, Scala, Erlang, Clojure and Haskell....
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Scottish Referendum: The Day After the Night Before

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Scotland has just held a referendum for independence. We were asked "Should Scotland be an independent country? Yes or No."

We voted No by a small majority: 55.3%

I'm not about to start putting my political views online but I've been asked in the comments to write about the mood in Scotland the day after the vote.

It's...
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A journey through Code Katas

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In martial arts, a kata is a sequence of moves that is practised over and over. You can use it as a vehicle to hone your technique or develop strength, agility and stamina. You can use it as a warm up exercise or to cool down and stretch. You can use it to train slow, controlled movements or to generate ballistic energy. If you have more than one...
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Take a Break

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I left work an hour early today.

I'd been working hard on a new feature. It was all going well until I hit a wall. Progressed stopped. I hacked away for half an hour. I ruined my nice design and still failed to get things working. I reverted my changes and tried a different approach and still didn't get it to work.

So I left.

I reverted...

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