Dr. Dobb’s Changes

When Software Development was killed, I predicted that Dr. Dobb’s wouldn’t change markedly. Boy, was I wrong. Editor-in-Chief Jonathan Erickson and Publisher Stan Barnes clearly decided that the time had come to create what is essentially a new magazine: I don’t think Dobb’s has changed this much since at least the late 80s. The “new” […]

“The Core”: Worst. Movie. Ever?

One of the cable channels (FX, I think) has been playing “The Core” in medium rotation lately. I’ve been trying to expose myself to it in small amounts, to inoculate myself and accept it as cheesy “so bad it’s good” fun(ref. “The Fast and the Furious”: One of my favorite movies of the past few […]

Genetic Algorithms Outperform Humans In…

The Catalogue of Variable Frequency and Single-Resistance-Controlled Oscillators Employing A Single Differential Difference Complementary Current Conveyor which I imagine is self-explanatory to electrical engineers. Silver went to Multiobjective Genetic Algorithms for Multiscaling Excited-State Direct Dynamics in Photochemistry. Bronze prizes went to two things that I could actually understand:  A multi-population genetic algorithm for robust and […]

When Your Nutshell Gets to 1300 Pages…

“Java in a Nutshell” weighs in at 1264 pages. Matt Croyden, sez: [Y]our programming language just might be complicated when you have trouble telling the difference between its Nutshell book and a telephone book. [via James Robertson] This is somewhat unfair, as the bulk of “JiaN” is a library reference, but it’s certainly true that […]

Most Useful UML Diagrams

According to “How UML Is Used,” an article in the May 2006 issue of CACM, the UML diagrams that most commonly “provide new info” above-and-beyond use-case narratives are: Class diagrams Statechart diagrams Sequence diagrams Interestingly, “usage rates are not well explained by how much new information is provided.” Statecharts, the 2nd most useful diagram, are used […]