Some hints on how different JAVA generics appear to be to .NET generics

26 Jan 2007 A tss entry caught my curiosity as it was talking about a "generics puzzle" in JAVA. Finally, I thought, an example-based look at how JAVA generics differ from their .NET pendant? Indeed, the puzzle turns out to not be one in e.g. C#. If the intent is to be able...

State design pattern, simplified?

22 Jan 2007 While at a client, who is doing the transition from Procedural to OO, I constantly challenge them to get rid of their if-statements. One of them asked me how to solve a problem without an if in the case of a scenario where they load a control into their windows...

Things I learned about VM Machines today

11 Dec 2006 There is no doubt, virtual machines are very useful, considering the constant increase in resources available even on a laptop (Yeah, alright, I got a mobile 100GB harddisk now). Today, while trying to set up a simple FreeDOS-based machine I learned the following: For machines which don't have access to...

GMail's correction utility...

09 Oct 2006 …sometimes lacks understanding of the language to check (in this case German). Here comes a strange example:

Ig Nobel prizes

06 Oct 2006 When the Nobel prizes come to those who’ve earned them, it is also time to honour those ingenious works of scientific minds whose impact on our lives may be, let’s say, negligible. Ig Nobel prizes have been issued once more. I am definitely happy that somebody took care of finding...