Monthly Archives: August 2010

That’s one aspect of the problem

AspectJ In Action: Enterprise AOP with Spring Applications by Ramnivas Laddad I came across aspect oriented programming around 2002 when the development manager at the company where I was working asked me to do a talk on the subject. At … Continue reading

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Get rid of it quickly

You sometimes see pieces of code which set local variables to null with the aim of releasing instances early. In debug builds, local variable lifetimes are extended to the end of the method, but for release builds I think you’d … Continue reading

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Time to be a little more dynamic

C# 4 added support for the new dynamic type, which uses a version of the DLR to dispatch calls at runtime, allowing objects to change their behaviour quite dramatically. At the C# level, it is relatively easy to implement a … Continue reading

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I know I’m ponderously slow

Sometimes the IBM Ponder has a solution that is really beautiful. I think the recent July challenge has such a solution which is really clever and, to me, unexpected.

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I really did read it!

An Imaginary Tale: The Story of "i" by Paul J Nahin This was a very interesting read on the history and application of “i”, the square root of –1. It starts with the history of the solution of the polynomial … Continue reading

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Marvin, marvellous

I realise I’m behind the times, but I’ve only just discovered the DownloadHelper addin for Firefox, which allows you to download videos and convert them into a format suitable for viewing on an iPhone. This has allowed me to view … Continue reading

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They’ve got a load of class

There is an interesting series of blog posts and a video about the subject of Java classloaders on the ZeroTurnaround blog site. These articles also link to the following onJava article. Interesting stuff and very different from the .NET world … Continue reading

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