Archive for July, 2012

iNarcolepsy is contagious

July 31, 2012 Leave a comment

Just found out the hard way that putting a running MacBook on top of a closed, sleeping one will put the running MacBook to sleep as well

Categories: Fun Stuff

Article on Madison Digital Image Database 3

July 20, 2012 2 comments

This article appeared in  VRA Bulletin Summer 2012, Volume 37, Number 2.

Madison Digital Image Database 3

Andreas Knab, Lead Software Developer, Center for Instructional Technology and
Kevin Hegg, Assistant Director, Center for Instructional Technology, James Madison University Read more…

Categories: Uncategorized

Why Developers Keep Making Bad Technology Choices

July 19, 2012 Leave a comment
Categories: Programming

Sessions on new programming languages

July 18, 2012 Leave a comment

Over the past couple of days I attended several OSCON sessions on new (to me) programming languages:

  • CoffeeScript is a scripting language that compiles into JavaScript.  It looks very clean and uses whitespace/indentation just like Python does, which is great.
  • Erlang was not completely new to me, but I had not understood the overall architecture of the Erlang environment and its similarities to an operating systen.
  • Clojure, a Lisp dialect, seems the least practical for day-to-day use, but is also the most different and interesting to me.

Simple Sudoku solver in Python

July 6, 2012 Leave a comment

Since a new “hardest” Sudoku puzzle was just announced, I finally wrote my own Sudoku solver in Python.  I based it on some ideas from Peter Norvig’s Sudoku solver, but ended up writing everything from scratch.  The code is available on github.

Categories: Fun Stuff, Programming, Python