Over the weekend I installed the latest Flickr Uploadr for Win32. The install popped up the familiar “Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 Redistributable” installer as part of its installation. Microsoft Visual C++ 8 is still solid and widely used.
In this piece from the UK’s Register, Dominic Connor savages British Computer Science Higher Ed: No wonder CompSci grads are unemployed His biting style is a little over the top, but entertaining. I hope not everything he claims is true. A couple gems: Java fanboys tell me that it is “easier” than C++, and seem… Continue reading Biting Brit Commentary
I wrote a graphics-intensive application for one client. He reported that when he tried to drag it from one monitor to another it seemed to lock up. Then he reported the fix: adjusting the fan for one of his multi-monitor video cards, to keep it from overheating. When you push bits all day, it’s hard… Continue reading Fixing it in the hardware
Dora the Explorer turns ten. It’s a TV show, but it pretends the TV is a computer. (When Dora asks where something is, you see a mouse go across the screen and click it.) But we watch it off of the Netflix instant queue on our computer. So our computer acts like a TV acting… Continue reading Dora Full Circle(s)
Wikipedia compares C/C++ IDE’s, and Netbeans C/C++ pack looks surprisingly good. But being written in Java, I suspect that it’s as resource-hungry as large Java apps are.
The perpetrators of what sounds like a big zombie-net have been arrested: Three Spaniards arrested in alleged global hacking scheme Apparently, 13 million computers were infected.
Tiobe’s 2009 Programming Language Survey is an interesting read. I write in a variety of languages: as it turns out, seven of the top eight. Very interesting that C seems to be such a constant. And far more constant even than its second place suggests, since six of the top eight languages use a syntax… Continue reading TIOBE Index: The 2009 Programming Language Survey
Here’s an interesting read: the Scrum development framework. Methodology, strategy and work-flow all rolled into one rather informal process. Not specifically for software projects, either.
Here are two applications to help learn the basics of programming: Alice.org (aka, Alice) teaches computer programming by letting you “program” things in an animated virtual world. WizBang is a visual programming tool that lets the learner drop and connect symbols. Both are free to use. Wikipedia keeps a more exhaustive list of visual programming… Continue reading Gentle Introductions (to Programming)
When I was in college, I rented a friend’s computer for a year. It had an amazing ten megabyte hard drive, and I loved it! I didn’t have to boot it with two single-sided single-density 360KB floppy disks. It was great! And ten whole megabytes! I figured I could type non-stop for decades before I… Continue reading Ten Whole Megabytes