Monthly Archives: January 2008

Why “jewel case”?

Have you ever wondered where the term “jewel case”, referring to CD cases, actually comes from? I always assumed it had something to do with the shiny, transparent-as-crystal cases somehow reminding someone of a jewel. Nope, not even close. From … Continue reading

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Increasing programming language readability

On the Revolution Systems blog, the author has a good, common sense approach to making source code more programmer friendly: use better names and be consistent. Though this is kind of like a “duh” moment, it’s amazing how frequently these … Continue reading

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Driver’s Ed Drive-Thru

I took this picture the other day while waiting in line at McDonald’s. I thought it was quite humorous that a Driver’s Ed car would be going through the drive-thru. What was even funnier was, when it drove off, I … Continue reading

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Professors state “Java” not a good language

Found via Slashdot, some professors at NYU have written an article in a software engineering journal about the hazards of teaching students Java as their first programming language. It’s very enlightening, especially when they talk about the advantages other languages … Continue reading

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