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by Bruce Eckel, February 23, 2012, Submit comment
If you do any HTML/XML processing, you've probably heard of this powerful and useful package. Download the latest beta and run it on your code to help debug it and make sure it does what you need!
by David Goodger, February 16, 2012, 1 comment
My old computer died and I have replaced it with a System 76 Gazelle Pro laptop running Ubuntu 11.10 “Oneiric Ocelot”. In this article I review the hardware & the OS. This is an unsolicited and unpaid review.
by Heinz Kabutz, February 14, 2012, 1 comment
What is the largest double that could in theory be produced by Math.random()? In this newsletter, we look at ways to calculate this based on the 48-bit random generator available in standard Java. We also prove why in a single-threaded program, (int)(Random.nextDouble() + 1) can never be rounded up to 2.
by Dale Asberry, January 23, 2012, 4 comments
I'm test-infected and that's why one of my first exciting Scala discoveries was ScalaTest
by Dale Asberry, January 23, 2012, Submit comment
Life and complacency took me away from my first 'love'.
by Bruce Eckel, January 16, 2012, 15 comments
I'm not talking about the early adopters writing obscure code here -- that can probably be solved with a suitable style guide. I just debugged my way through an example that should have been trivial but I only figured out because:
by Bruce Eckel, December 31, 2011, 8 comments
In order for HTML5 to become the true user interface technology of the future, servers must be able to transparently push data to clients. People have been trying to do this for a long time, and WebSockets look like they will solve the problem once and for all.
by Heinz Kabutz, December 22, 2011, 57 comments
A couple of weeks ago, I sent out a little quiz to my readers of The Java Specialists' Newsletter. No one managed to figure out what the code does without running it. Some managed to explain the result once they had run it. Perfect quiz for weeding out those job applicants you don't like. Especially in the banking industry. Enough hints :-)
by Bruce Eckel, December 18, 2011, 19 comments
My friend James Ward was explaining some of the struggles he had learning Scala, in particular partial functions.
by Bruce Eckel, November 27, 2011, 10 comments
I'm a big Amazon fan, and a Prime account is great when you live in the boonies. I've also become a big Kindle fan -- but I've just discovered that I'm only a fan of the old design: the amazing thin, light, black-and-white book-reader-only kindles.
by Bruce Eckel, October 30, 2011, 7 comments
I've been wanting to play with an Arduino for awhile, but there are so many (which is great, but confusing for the first-timer).
by Christopher Diggins, October 29, 2011, Submit comment
My passion is implementing programming languages. While the languages I have created (e.g. Cat and Heron) haven't exploded in popularity, I have learned a few things along the way and I've decided to share some of it back with the community.
by Bruce Eckel, October 26, 2011, 3 comments
The folks at CERN did a great job of capturing my presentation there; you can see the whole thing online.
by Bruce Eckel, October 26, 2011, Submit comment
Visiting the ALBA Synchrotron in Barcelona and speaking at the ICALEPCS conference of people who program machines like this, I was struck by how much Python is used to run these systems.