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by James O. Coplien, October 7, 2011,  10 comments
Over a career, good programmers spend much more of their time in professional education than in their college classes. Much of this professional training is tied up with certification programs. But good education needs feedback — all the way to the defining charters of the trainers and their organizations.
by Sean Landis, October 6, 2011,  1 comment
My JavaOne day three was just sessions. And the concert! But the sessions were good ones.
by Sean Landis, October 5, 2011,  4 comments
Day Two at JavaOne brought a few more interesting announcements.
by Sean Landis, October 5, 2011,  Submit comment
The day one keynote convinced everyone that Java is moving forward. There are good things happening, good things on the horizon, and a few surprise changes-in-direction from Oracle.
by Bruce Eckel, September 30, 2011,  5 comments
Following up on my previous article, I create a super-simple example where a web page communicates with the server (written in sending a JSON request object and receiving a JSON object as a response, which it uses to dynamically update the page. Afterwards, James Ward quickly loads the example into Heroku using their new Python support.
by Bruce Eckel, September 27, 2011,  2 comments
I'll be in Europe from October 7-19, giving two conference presentations and speaking at one or more user groups.
by Ian Robertson, September 22, 2011,  13 comments
My thoughts on the battle between dynamic languages and those with Turing complete type systems after attending StrangeLoop.
by Bruce Eckel, September 21, 2011,  4 comments
In my article on JavaScript, I observed that we need a new language that generates good and safe JavaScript, so that you no longer have to think about either JavaScript issues or cross-browser problems. Little did I know that the solution(s) had already appeared in the form of JQuery and CoffeeScript.
by Bruce Eckel, September 5, 2011,  2 comments
The feedback from my previous article has been very helpful, and it has raised more questions about RPC technology. I've also included notes about converting Python libraries from Python 2 to Python 3.
by Bruce Eckel, August 27, 2011,  8 comments
Although it's often uncomfortable, I think the best approach to learning a new language or technology is just to grab your nose and jump feet-first into the hole in the ice.
by Bruce Eckel, August 6, 2011,  64 comments
One of the things I've loved about Python is that it was built as a community from the beginning. Language design decisions are genuinely discussed and struggled with as a community. But with Java, I've always felt like the adults were telling me what to think.
by Bruce Eckel, August 4, 2011,  5 comments
In his 17-minute keynote at O'Reilly OSCON Java 2011, Martin Odersky gives one of the more succinct and clear explanations I've seen on why shared-memory concurrency is virtually impossible to get right.
by Christopher Diggins, July 24, 2011,  19 comments
Over the years I have found that following a relatively small number of fundamental guiding principles has helped me become a much more effective programmer.
by Bruce Eckel, July 22, 2011,  11 comments
James is in Crested Butte for the month because his wife is doing a medical residency rotation here. This morning we had a couple of epiphanies over coffee.
by Bruce Eckel, July 15, 2011,  29 comments
It appears we are stuck with JavaScript, at least in the near-to-mid term. Although the language is an abomination, some things are getting better. I discovered a couple of great lectures and a book that might change your perspective (a little) about the language.
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