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Book Review: SQL Antipatterns

Posted by WingedPanther73, 16 April 2011 - - - - - - · 452 views

One of the things I'm responsible for at my job is adding new features to one of our products, which often means adding new database tables/fields. That, along with various debugging activities, mean I am regularly having to work on database design and queries.

The title of "SQL Antipatterns" just screamed "buy me!", so I finally did. This book lists 24...

Book Review: Effective C++ Third Edition

Posted by WingedPanther73, 10 April 2011 - - - - - - · 383 views

After hearing numerous positive review about this book, I decided it was time for me to finally pick it up. Having a little birthday cash was a great excuse to snag it. After reading it, I intend to get both More Effective C++ and Effective STL.

For me, this book really opened my eyes to how much I don't know about C++. For those of you...

Playing with Wikis

Posted by WingedPanther73, 09 April 2011 - - - - - - · 510 views

I recently started looking at using a wiki for internal communication and general note taking at my company. We have support management software, documentation management software, revision control software, etc. No wikis, however, were in place. After doing some searching, I found a ridiculous number of wikis. After a certain amount of looking around,...

Book Review: Practices of an Agile Developer

Posted by WingedPanther73, 25 March 2011 - - - - - - · 478 views

Sunday night I picked up "Practices of an Agile Developer", and started devouring it. Last night (Thursday) I finished it. It was a delightful read.

The basic premise of the book is: You may want to do agile development, but you have some habits that are getting in the way. The book is broken into several seven chapters, each with about six tips (45 in...

Open Sources Licenses - Destroying Freedom

Posted by WingedPanther73, 12 March 2011 - - - - - - · 1013 views

Okay, before you freak out, I actually like open source software, and appreciate open source licenses.

With that said, I think that some people use the wrong license for the product they are releasing. There are a few basic styles of license that I want to look at, and I'll suggest what I think each should be used for.

1) GPL: this is license where if...

Book Review: UML: A Beginner's Guide

Posted by WingedPanther73, 07 March 2011 - - - - - - · 631 views

I bought this book as an impulse buy a couple weeks ago. As you may have noticed, I like to pick up programming books. This one will not be on my top recommendations list.

To be fair, http://www.amazon.co...99504647&sr=8-1 is a fairly easy book to read, and it does...

Book Review: Seven Languages in Seven Weeks

Posted by WingedPanther73, 22 January 2011 - - - - - - · 954 views

I just finished reading one of the most unusual programming books I've ever read. It's an introduction to seven languages in about 300 pages.

A couple warnings from the author, and a convinced reader: this is a book for self-starters who are willing to do some leg-work on their own. If you just read the book cover-to-cover (like I did), you will not...

Updating Ubuntu

Posted by WingedPanther73, 31 December 2010 - - - - - - · 485 views

I've been running Ubuntu 9.04 for about a year, and it recently notified me that there will be no more updates for packages. With it being between semesters where I teach, I figured this would be a good time to update. About a year ago I tried this, and had issues with losing sound drivers, so I backed up my home folder and started the process.

9.10: no...

Design Matters

Posted by WingedPanther73, 04 September 2010 - - - - - - · 603 views

My adorable wife has been writing fan fiction for decades, and introduced me to the art fairly recently. In the world of fan fiction, there are not a lot of quality sites for sharing your stories. You can post them on a blog, but that's a good way to never get them read. For a long time, we've used fanfiction.net, since...

Programming Skill Levels

Posted by WingedPanther73, 09 August 2010 - - - - - - · 738 views

One of the things I'm always looking to do is increase my programming skills. What I find interesting is how the focus of that improvement has changed over the years. I'll try to trace through the areas of focus, and why I believe they require a change in perspective for each one.

The most basic level is to learn procedural programming. It doesn't...

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