Archive for February, 2007

Japanese class 12

February 27, 2007

Nihongo ni juu, is on tonight. I have been spending a bit of time on the verbs this week.

Here are some examples. I wrote them in kana (with the kanji for watashi) and in romanji in
my notebook when i was practicing. 

Watashi wa ginkoo e ikimasu. Watashi wa toshokan e ikimasu.
Watashi wa hoteru e kimasu. Watashi wa keisatsu e kimasu.
Watashi wa sensu wo kaimsu.

The kanji for watashi is


Ruby Verses Python

February 27, 2007

If you look at Ruby and Python from an Java/C++/C# developers view, the differences are really not that significant at all. The advantages/disadvantages you find when using either of these languages will be more or less the same.

If you directly put Ruby and Python side by side, however, you will find some huge differences in the way their designers see OOP and programming in general.

Ruby Python compared

Set up to fail

February 27, 2007

At first the dev team laughs, praying it is a joke. Then you realize it isn’t a joke and the whole team starts talking amongst themselves about how this will never work. Finally someone gets the nerve to tell their manager that there is no way this can be done. At first the manager tries to encourage everyone, give a pep rally and buy everyone some cookies. After the first month, a couple more people come forward and say the same thing, but the manager won’t take it any higher, knowing that the business has already set the date, the CIO has promised and there is no way he is going to be a messenger of doom.

Everyone starts working way too much overtime and accomplishing far too little due to stress, fatigue and low morale. Month 3 comes along and naturally it isn’t ready. The business is pissed off, the CIO is furious, the lowly manager is wondering what went wrong. The dev team is ready to quit.

How often are you set up to fail. Most programmers will recognise this articles topic. If you don’t. Read this. It shows why you need to hire someone to check if the project is possible as well as what problems are likely to happen.

Colour Blindness

February 26, 2007

How I (color blind person) see the world!

In this one you (as normal person) will see every number in a box of color which is different to the one next to it. I can’t see these boxes, I just see numbers from 0 to 5 as one block with gradient from lime green to yellow but no boxes! same happen from 10 to 15 just a gradient

This article explains colour blindness really well and uses pictures to do so. I try to test the colours schemes and images for colour blindness (there is a website that does this). If any have escaped and I don’t know about it. Let me know and I’ll fix it.  

Frances Allen of IBM wins A. M. Turing Award

February 26, 2007

Ah Cool.

Frances Allen of IBM wins A. M. Turing Award. She is the first women to do so.

“whose work helped crack Cold War-era code and predict the weather”

Well it was never going to be me ^-^

First against the wall when the revolution comes…

February 26, 2007

Love this phrase. Thanks robert.

My uncle says ‘lets watch the news, otherwise how do we know if we have been invaded’ which leads to the joke ‘oh the isle of mann took us over by phone’. Missing home today. The downside of living in the foreign land of munster. My uncle doesnt have the internet or a computer, otherwise it would be hi paddy.

Limerick OpenCoffee Club

February 26, 2007

Go talk on james blog.

Something funny for a monday

February 26, 2007

Hi I’m an iPhone. And I’m a Smartphone.

Yahoo Pipes

February 21, 2007

Also from dzone, a good article on Yahoo pipes.

Yahoo Pipes–RSS without Server Side Scripts

Secrets of Self Taught Web Developers: 115 Resources to Help You Develop on the Web

February 21, 2007

From dzone comes

115 Resources to Help You Develop on the Web

Useful for people like me, who are currently learning new skills that work alongside some of my old ones.