Blog harvest, January 2010

Some noteworthy blog articles, harvested for January 2010. Don’t miss the worst gadget gallery!

Welcome to the new year. We started late to work again this year and will collect some overtime in the next weeks as we are in the process of moving to a new office. This might impact the additional blog entries, so here is a quick blog harvest. Don’t miss the anti-gadget gallery at the end – but beware, it will make you laugh out loud, so don’t read it at work (unless you are supposed to have fun at work).

  • Reasons to Use Google Collections – Recently, the google collections library went gold. It’s a really nice collection of… collections. If you haven’t met it yet, do it now. You might read James Sugrue’s teaser alongside.
  • How Programming Books Promote Code Smells – Finally, somebody shares my opinion on “code examples crippled for brevity”. I got disgusted by some java books because their code examples were so bad, it hurt. The situation eases a lot with the availability of “real” code in open source projects that you can read as recompense.
  • Test-Driven Teaching! – Another problem with bad code examples is to avoid them in live examples (like in lectures). Here is an interesting article by Peter Karich presenting the idea of integrating test code in your lectures. I’ll see if my students like the idea.
  • A performance tuning story – The best stories are real stories. This story has all that’s needed: a mysterious effect at the beginning, fast-paced action in the middle and an open end. The X files weren’t as thrilling as this one.
  • Maven and Ant guys: you’ll never agree. On anything. Period. Deal with it! – What would we do if we couldn’t join an eternal flame war at surf time? You can join on one side (there are always two sides, seldom more!) or stand in between and pick on both. Lieven Doclo chose the Maven side of builds.
  • Maven Mythbusters – The most prominent maven myths get busted by John Ferguson Smart to end the flame war mentioned above once and for all (or at least take out some misinformation). I’ve linked to the first busted myth, you’ll have no trouble finding the other(s). Read the comments, too!
  • The Top 10 Posts of this Blog Over the Years – Stephan Schmidt’s blog “Code Monkeyism” is a regular link target in my harvests. When he harvested his own blog for the most popular entries, I couldn’t resist linking him once more. Maybe this is called meta-harvesting.

This was the article side of this harvesting. Let’s continue to have fun by sliding through the gallery and then… sliding through your repository:

  • Gizmodo’s Worst Gadget Gallery – Oh yes, ten years full of technological crap, complete with pictures and a short description. If you spend 30 seconds on each gadget, you’re in for half an hour pure fun. My favorites are the DeathStar for personal reference (we lost 7 of 9) and the Eye-Track for its funny description.
  • Mining your source code repository – Part 1 – Yes, all your legacy repositories are still there. Discover the archeologist in yourself and perform some data mining on them. This article may be the starting point for your new career.

3 thoughts on “Blog harvest, January 2010”

    1. Hi karussell,
      I’m sorry that you misinterpreted my sentence. Your code examples are fine all the way through. The first sentence is about the previous paragraph when somebody rants about bad code examples. I can see how the first sentence can be misunderstood and have changed it a bit to better emphasize my initial intent.

      I’m a big fan of your approach and will try it on real students. Sorry for the misleading phrasing.

  1. > I’m a big fan of your approach and will try it on
    > real students. Sorry for the misleading phrasing.

    No problem! I’m glad that you liked the approach.

    Nevertheless, if you feel sth. too complicated or confusing your are welcome to comment this there or email me!

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