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October 20, 2014

Dead Beef and DFU

Every time LabTool starts, it waits for the host computer to send it the firmware to execute.

October 16, 2014

Invariants For Binary Search, Part 1: A Simple Example

We can use an invariant to help us reason about a piece of code that many programmers find hard to get right by any other means.

October 14, 2014

Ada Lovelace Day: Celebrate Yourself

Honoring women in STEM

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7 Best Practices for Being a Successful Remote Developer

October 21, 2014

Working remotely requires special discipline and unique habits. Learn them to really contribute to the project. - Tools

Open Software's Thousand Eyes: A Misunderstood Claim

October 14, 2014

Recent high-profile defects do not support the view that open source is less secure than closed source. - Open Source

iOS 8 HealthKit: Working with Biometric Data

October 14, 2014

Once you begin collecting data on individuals in real time, permission management, data storage, and data access all become challenging issues. Apple's iOS8 attempts to balance rights and privacy with developers' desire to write apps. - Mobile

Function Purity and Immutable Data Structure Construction

October 07, 2014

How the compiler enforces purity and immutability in D. - Design

Matching Wildcards: An Empirical Way to Tame an Algorithm

October 07, 2014

Optimizing and testing a wildcard algorithm to get 5x performance improvement. - Design

Domain-Driven Design: The Good and The Challenging

October 07, 2014

Ten years after its formulation, DDD has demonstrated that it is optimal for certain projects — especially complex projects — provided proper care is applied to the right practices. - Design

Portable File and Directory Management in Java

September 30, 2014

The Apache Ant API, a rarely used feature of the tool, provides reliable and portable ways to perform command-line operations from within Java. - JVM Languages

Unified Memory in CUDA 6: A Brief Overview

September 30, 2014

The advent of a unified memory model in CUDA 6 has made GPU programming much easier by removing lots of implementation details that developers formerly had to manage manually. - Parallel

Parallel In-Place Merge Sort

September 30, 2014

A very fast, parallel, simple to implement sort makes efficient use of memory. - Parallel

Lack of Manual Labor

September 23, 2014

The lack of quality manuals and documentation for developer tools greatly diminishes our ability to work well in subtle but important ways. - Tools