When I was a physics student one of the things that I learned to do was
"unit analysis". That's where you simply consider what units an answer
has: is it in meters, or meters squared? Surprisingly, there is an
enormous amount that can be learned just by doing unit analysis …
Posted Sun 30 March 2008
Here are the plugins I commonly use for Firefox:
- Google Browser
Sync - share a
common browser environment across multiple computers.
- Weave - share a common
browser environment across multiple computers.
- Flashblock -
flash doesn't run until you click on it.
- IE Tab -
embed IE into Firefox tabs. Useful for sites …
Posted Thu 27 March 2008
I've been interviewing lately for "senior programmer"
positions. I find it outright astonishing how many applicants for
these positions lack what I would consider the most fundamental of
programming skills. Some people have suggested using
(a trivial programming exercise) as a filter; what I use is a discussion
Posted Sun 17 February 2008
I'm beginning to wonder whether I'm turning into an "old fogey" of a
computer programmer. You know, the elderly fellow who has an office near
the server room; the one who always objects to the use of any new
technology and goes on at length about "the good old days …
Posted Sat 02 February 2008
I introduced immutable trees, this time I will talk about threading
evil. If you haven't yet read part
go back and do so now.
We will start by recapping the argument showing that there cannot be a
loop. This argument went as follows:
The RandomTreeBuilder and …
Posted Wed 19 December 2007