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Over-Analysis Episode 1: Repo Men

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A Brief Foreword

I am often told I "over-think" things. Which is both a blessing and a curse in the Computer Science realm. In celebration of this talent, I am starting a new mini-series: Over-Analysis, in which I will dutifully over think, over analyze, and generally tear apart movies, blogs, code, shows, whatever.

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The Case for Brevity

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I'm often told that responses I provide (both here at Dream.In.Code and in "real life") are short and as a result, often come off as rude or terse. Allow me to reassure you that [most of the time]...
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Do It The Hard Way, At Least Once

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We often get threads asking if one language is "easier" then another, if a language makes programmers lazy, or if a language has too much abstraction. By and large the answers to these questions are no. However, the benefits they provide may be lost on an individual if the underlying concepts are not understood.

Why?...
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Compiling Managed C++ Code In Visual Studio

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Quick note:...
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Practical Numbers

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This seems to be a popular topic as of late. The definition of a practical number:



For the definition, the wiki is a good resource, but for practical/implementation guidance, it's poor. The initial way to approach this is to iterate through 1 to number-1 and check to see if each can be expressed by the sum of the divisors. I haven't...
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Indie Titles You Should Pick Up Right Now

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Steam's holiday sale was, in a word, awesome, and given the "cheap" price of a few titles, I picked up some ones I would normally gloss over simply because they weren't on my radar or I didn't feel like shelling out 20 bucks for an "indie" title.

Without further ado [the sale goes until 9 AM PST tomorrow 1/4/10],...
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Epic Fail

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If you're going to do something, you might as well do it right - the first time. Below is an email I received earlier today and is a prime example of not following this rule:





Pro-tips for spammers:

  • Make sure you use proper English.
  • Don't randomly capitalize words in the middle of a sentence.
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The Copy & Paste Generation

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I won't lie, NickDMax completely took my thunder. He reached right up into my metaphorical cloud and took it. He took the proverbial wind out of my sails. What about? This topic of this thread.

Some back-story:...
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Sexy Primes

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I saw a thread in the Java section about sexy primes and was intrigued, I had never heard of them. Although I've seen some very attractive primes in my time though, believe you me. ;)


For a quick crash course in its definition, hit up the wiki page...
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An In-Depth Look At Binary Search Trees

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