Hey! I thought I should add a bit of Delhi musings. It was a trip to Delhi after a long time. Though I hardly got any time to roam about except for the last day of the session which ended a bit early. The plan was to go to PVR Anupam at Saket to watch […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Changing, for better
Bruce Eckel says that the Java team is clearly not ignoring the threat of C# as Microsoft ignored Linux and open source for so long. Joshua Bloch, a Senior Architect at Sun Microsystems, told him in an interview that …along with the new features already on the list for “Tiger” (JDK 1.5), including true enumerations, […]