Thursday, November 30, 2006

C++ Inventor on Modern Software

For those of you who regularly peruse sites like dzone you've probably already come across this article, but I thought I'd highlight it anyway.

Over at Technology Review there is an interview with Bjarne Stroustrup, the inventor of C++. Makes for some very interesting reading, he talks amongst other things, about software quality and why it is generally so poor. Well worth the read. It's a well balanced view and I'm sure for us developers there will be ring of truth about it.

In one section he starts by saying how there is some very good software out there, citing examples like the Mars Rover, Google and the Human Genome Project and points out that 15 years most people, even most experts would have pronounced these examples impossible. He also says that modern civilization depends on software so if software really was that bad, we'd probably all be dead by now.

He then turns his attention to the "average" piece of code and has the following to say...

I think the real problem is that "we" (that is, we software developers) are in a permanent state of emergency, grasping at straws to get our work done. We perform many minor miracles through trial and error, excessive use of brute force, and lots and lots of testing, but--so often--it's not enough.
The rest of the article talks about a lot of other interesting things surrounding C++ and programming and how there are two kinds of programming languages in the world, ones which every complains about, and ones which nobody uses.

Monday, November 27, 2006

Google - the new internet

In my day job as a programmer there are a number of sites a frequent fairly often, namely amongst others, the hibernate site and the xdoclet site. What is interesting is that I have found myself using the handy google search box in firefox to find these sites rather than a. use the bookmark or b. type a url into the address bar. It is a pity therefore that the google search box does not allow for a "I feel lucky" invocation as more often than not that is just the site I am looking for.



It's quite interesting to note as if I am only using google to access the internet and always using the I feel lucky selection then whose network am I really browsing. It is as if I'm operating on google's "internal internet!".



And I would be quite happy to do this. Typing in a search term into a google search is far more intuitive than typing www.hibernate.org/reference or what ever the appropriate url is, I don't know as I just type "hibernate" into the google box and select search.





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Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Welcome to this new funky blogging tool...

Wow, I am lank impressed with this new blogging tool. I do not even have to go near the blogger.com site in order to publish something, how awesome is that!





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