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August 27, 2014

Sanity Checking By Extrapolation

It may be tempting to dismiss last week's problem as trivial, and argue that one should simply be able to construct a bunch of test cases and be done with it. However, it may not be easy to determine the correct results.

August 26, 2014

Security Blanket

If your fitness-tracking device has a GPS, you might not appreciate people being able to find your whereabouts.

August 20, 2014

Open Propeller

The guys over at Parallax (the people who became famous for making the Basic Stamp) rolled out an innovative CPU a few years back called the Propeller.

The Internet of Overhyped Things

Vendors and analysts would have us believe that the Internet of Things is imminent. But, in fact, it will be years before the obstacles it faces can be surmounted. - Architecture & Design

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Programming with OpenCL 1.2

printf-style debugging and the ability to partition computing devices into subdevices make OpenCL 1.2 a very useful upgrade. - Design

Patching Mocks in Python

Python's uniquely useful mechanism for temporarily changing resource behavior in unit testing. - Design

Git Tracking Relationships: Use the Full Power of Git Branches

A simple, built-in option keeps branches in sync automatically. - Design

Security Issues in Swift: What the New Language Did Not Fix

The security issues that existed in Objective-C have been only partially addressed in Swift. What to watch out for? - Security

SIMD-Enabled Vector Types with C#

Optimizing code for current SIMD registers and preparing for AVX-based SIMD — all in C# - Design

Remote Learning: The Lay of the Land

Despite various drawbacks, remote courses (both for credit and for pure learning) are becoming the emerging norm. Understanding the options makes for good use of time. - Tools

64-Bit SIMD Code from C#

A new beta of the CLR's just-in-time compiler enables direct generation of SIMD instructions in 64-bit code. Getting it set up and working takes a little know-how, however. - .NET

iOS Data Storage: Core Data vs. SQLite

A sample application tests the benefits and drawbacks of each. - Mobile

Events of Interest

September 7-12. Bellevue, WA. CppCon

September 8-11. Dallas, TX. SpringOne 2GX

September 17. St. Louis, MO. Powered by JavaScript

September 17-19. St. Louis, MO. Strangeloop

September 23-24. San Francisco, CA. Designers of Things Conference

October 9-10. Palo Alto, CA. Code Stars Summit

October 11-12. Los Altos Hills, CA. Silicon Valley Code Camp

October 17-18. Austin, TX. CITCON (Continuous Integration and Testing Conference)

November 3-5. San Francisco, CA. QCon

November 4-5. London, England. Code Mesh Conference

November 17-21. Budapest, Hungary. ApacheCon Europe

Videos of Past Events

September 2013. JavaOne

September 2013. SpringOne 2GX

June 2013. JAXConf 2013

June 2013. Chicago Algorithmic Trading Conference

May 2013. Google I/O

March 2013. GPU Technology Conference

October 2012. JAXLondon 2012

September 2012. Strangeloop

September 2012. Intel Developer Forum

August 2012. VMWorld

July 2012. Java Language Summit

June 2012. Google I/O 2012

May 2012. Atlassian Summit

May 2012 (paid). Fluent Conference

March 2012. Multicore World

July 2011. JVM Language Summit