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Persuasive Computers

Persuasive Computers

William Grosso has an interesting post on Captology . The basic notion here is that, similar to human persuaders, computers and other technological devices can be employed to persuade people to do things by subtly rewarding “correct behaviours”. In the picture alongside, Captology describes the area where computing technology and persuasion potentially overlap. This is fun. I...

"this" is no good!

Eric Burke has a very sound advice against using “this” in your Java code, an advice against the conventions. Prefixing object field references with “this”, says Eric, clutters up code and may indicate too much complexity. “If you really need to differentiate local variables from object fields, consider prefixing your object fields with “_” or some other...

Project Rave

Sue Spielman has some more details on Project Rave. The key phrase here is “simplified development model”,  in accordance with Sun’s aim of  “lowering the barrier and entry point for the corporate developers” and “sucking up the VB corporate/IT programmers into the Java platform”. It’s another thing that, as Sue reported, a 404 error surfaced during Hammerhead’s demo at...

Well begun!

Though some have been grumbling right from its launch I think the new initiative of a community place is a welcome step. Moreover, I think the fact that it is “blessed by SUN” will add to the likelihood of it becoming the “new central meeting place”. Now, I don’t wish to undermine the feeling here that the other existing communities...