31 Aug 2005

Google parodic sites

Telerama (in french) release an article with many parodic sites of the famous google search engine.
Funny what can be done with a simple search engine :)

Funny image

I don't know if the book (In Search of Stupidity: Over 20 Years of High-Tech Marketing Disasters) is a good one but the picture is just funny :)

Power Batch

I found this tool (PowerBatch) quite usefull but I always forget the name!
So now I know I can found it in my weblog entries using batch , cmd , bat keywords :)

29 Aug 2005

Dumb and Dumber

I like simplicity but a synonym could be "dumb things"!!!
"Why Good Programmers Are Lazy and Dumb"
I think excactly the same!
I like the "google vs yahoo" comparaison.

Lazy, because only lazy programmers will want to write the kind of tools that might replace them in the end. Lazy, because only a lazy programmer will avoid writing monotonous, repetitive code ? thus avoiding redundancy, the enemy of software maintenance and flexible refactoring. Mostly, the tools and processes that come out of this endeavor fired by laziness will speed up the production.

Second (and I will elaborate a bit more on this because I find the concept to be less known than the first) a good programmer must be dumb. Why? Because if he?s smart, and he knows he is smart, he will:

a) stop learning
b) stop being critical towards his own work

27 Aug 2005

Rich Client Platform

2 interesting articles about RCP (from application-servers):
I admit AJAX aplications are nice and cool (gmail, google maps...) but I prefere a full java application because:
  1. I'm hate those javascript/cross browsers problems
  2. There is no technology/language mix (smaller learning curve)
  3. I like java and compilator errors (versus scripting language even if I'm learning ruby)
  4. I've been using CSS for web styling for many years now, it's nice but it can be so damn hard to get what you want sometimes...

18 Aug 2005

Cocoon search engine for Firefox

Feed up with typing http://cocoon.apache.org and typing the word you're looking for in the search box?

It happened to me every day... but not anymore! ;)
Because I made a little Firefox search engine plugin, you can find it at http://mycroft.mozdev.org

17 Aug 2005

Software Development Attitude

3 interesting articles from at least 2 famous people.
They point out the usal endless debates amongst developpers and there attitudes.
Nicely said :)

By the way, I more of an enabler ;)

4 Aug 2005

At last!

It took me 8 months to finish Half Life 2.

Excellent game, great graphics, superbe "ambiance". I really like the "The War of the Worlds" look and feel!!

I know "I 'm slow" :)
But I changed job meanwhile and I only played about 2 or 3hours per month.
Half Life is quite long.
Let say it a 40 hours game then, with the average hours I use to play, it would have taken me 1 year to finish it! (40hours/3hours = 13 month!)

As you can guess I played it a little more during the last few month ;)

3 Aug 2005

Rails vs Java

I know there are already tones of those articles but if you got time and want to here more than buzz... take 10 min to read this one: Some Numbers at Last. (really interesting)

Conclusion: Simplicity is always better :)

2 Aug 2005

Refactoring - a short summary

A nice, short explanation of refactoring.
Too bad there are still people that don't understand the long time value of refactoring... :(