Two comparisons of different programming languages worth reading

Normally these kinds of pieces are worthless, but these two recently stood out to me: Dennis M. Ritchie: Five Little Languages and How They Grew: Talk at HOPL* March 19, 2002 Michael Tsai: Perl vs. Python vs. Ruby – distinguished for the thoughtful replies in the discussion thread.

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Clay Shirky lays out the issues confronting the future of news journalism

Read the whole thing. Nieman Journalism Lab: Clay Shirky at the Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy: …in the nightmare scenario that I’ve kind of been spinning at for the last couple years has been: Every town in this country of 500,000 or less just sinks into casual, endemic, civic corruption — […]

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Social Networking == Social Division?

You would think after 20 years of the Web, we would come to a better understanding that it either helps us connect, or helps us segregate. You’d be wrong. Following is some research and reading. But first… What do you think? How diverse are the people you associate with as friends on Facebook or Twitter? […]

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I Believe In Miracles Cover-a-rama

My last band used to cover “I Believe In Miracles” by the Ramones, influenced by Peal Jam’s cover. This morning I find myself messing around with it on my old acoustic, first time I’ve had the opportunity to play in quite a while. Here are some versions of “I Believe In Miracles” I found surfing […]

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Teenagers and children from Pennsylvania failed by “those who knew but failed to speak” and “those who saw but failed to act.”

The more I hear of what happened in Luzerne, the more my heart breaks. Summary: Over five years over 6000 children were driven into the PA juvenile ‘justice’ system while a judge received kickbacks. Inquirer: William Ecenbarger: Luzerne officials deny knowing of abuse Inquirer: Deferential culture abetted rotten judges: An 11-member Interbranch Commission on Juvenile […]

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SVN Branch Management Link-a-rama

Coding Horror: Software Branching and Parallel Universes Perforce: Laura Wingerd & Christopher Seiwald: High-level Best Practices in Software Configuration Management InfoQ: Version Control for Multiple Agile Teams BetterExplained: A Visual Guide to Version Control Branch Maintenance: Chapter 4. Common Branching Patterns Submerged: CollabNet’s Subversion Blog: Branching Strategy Questioned CMCrossroads: Robert Cowham: Branching and Merging – […]

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Worth Repeating: Rob Pike “Data dominates.” and Frederick Brooks “Representation is the Essence of Programming”

Rob Pike is a famous name in programming with a history going back to Bell Labs, co-author of two often quoted books, and today works at Google. Back in February 1989 he wrote an essay, “Notes on Programming in C” which many consider contains insight to the “Unix Philosophy”. One of the sections of the […]

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40 year old ongoing study into preschool still providing insight

American RadioWorks: Emily Hanford: Early Lessons: “doing well in school, and in life, is about more than a test score.”: “Now you’re getting into something really deep,” says economist James Heckman. “How is it that motivation is affected? What causes motivation?” Heckman is a Nobel laureate who teaches at the University of Chicago. Preschool was […]

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