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Is the New iPod For You?

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I for one am not a huge Apple fan. I work on PCs, I don't own a macbook and I certainly don't carry an iPod. However, close to about 50% of those in Vancouver here do have an iPod in one form or another. I take the skytrain to work each morning and every evening and it is quiet, everyone with stupid cables hanging from their ears and them...
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Hacking the Gibson, One Small Camera at a Time

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What if you could look down on people across the world without them knowing? Almost a god like view that often governments enjoy like in the movie "Enemy of the State" except without the hocus pocus of going through satellites and stuff. We explore this interesting world on this entry of the Programming Underground!

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What's in the box? Blackbox that is.

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You may have heard of the idea of "Blackbox" development. Where is it? Can I open it? What does it contain? Is it that red rider BB gun I wanted from xmas all these years? NO! It is the idea of encapsulating or "hiding" implementation details about a software component. In today's entry, we will cover what it means to...
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Fines Double in Constructor / Destructor Zones

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If your language is somewhat of a fully object oriented programming language then it probably has some form of constructors and destructors. But what good are they? How do you use them to your full advantage to keep your objects "valid"? What is this whole idea of a default constructor and why in the heck do I want to create my own...
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VC++.NET Syntax is Going to Hell In a Hat!

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Ok, maybe the topic is a little tough but the general idea is pretty sound. Recently I had the pleasure of helping someone on DIC with a VC++ project and decided to whip up something in the latest VS 2005. Now granted much my experience in VC++ was pre 2005 CLI so I was completely blown away with the syntax changes they made using the Common...
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Go Go Google Gadget!

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Some of you may be old Google gadget pros. With a dozen or so of them on your fancy schmancy iGoogle page. You might have even wondered how one is made and if you are dedicated enough, you might have even made the "Hello World" example. But what if you wanted to make something simple enough to get the basics, but more than a simple...
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Eat up, Error Messages Are Good for You

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Error messages, we all hate them right? They are the little bugs that slap you in the face and say "Stupid, your code doesn't work! Do it all over again!" The last thing you need hours before an assignment or project is due is to get that lame error that stops you dead in your tracks. You know it is going to happen, so why...
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Variable Lifespan... It's Born, Used, and Dies

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Variable lifespan is a very important topic. But what is it and how do we use it to our advantage? A variable's lifespan is the time between its initialization and the time it either goes out of scope or is purposely destroyed (yeah that is right, a programmer can be a hitman too!) Most programmers don't fully realize the implications...
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Inside the World of Ciphers

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Ciphers, a great marvel of mathematics and secrecy. They are the very heart of encryption, but how do we bring this to the world of programming and make some kick ass stuff with them? I had gotten the idea of showing some ciphers through a recent question that had been brought up. So I thought I would throw out some code from the dark corners of...
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The Importance of Staying Fluent

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Many career programmers are lazy. Perhaps not with their code, but they can certainly be lazy in a company that makes them comfortable. I have a job that could certainly do that to me. Every day I am expected to work on the web in languages like PHP and ASP with a dash of Javascript here and there. But what about my knowledge of desktop...

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