The international kilogram conundrum -
I prefer to think of myself as a "stranger enthusiast." -
Tip for cleaning out your closet -
Birth of Newspapers, part 1: The very first newspaper -
Announcing Google Weblogs (beta) -
You Weren't Meant to Have a Boss -
thought this comment on reddit was funny, "With all due respect, humans also aren't meant to be single, childless, spend 60 hours a week working and migrate from their birth town to some appartment in Silicon Valley." - Karl Rosaen
Boston Dynamics Big Dog (new video March 2008) -
Boston Dynamics Big Dog (new video March 2008)
Using Uninitialized Memory for Fun and Profit -
Muscle memory and a broken keyboard -
[video] Diebold Accidentally Leaks Results Of 2008 Election Early -
Super Mario World vs. the Many-Worlds Interpretation of Quantum Physics -
YouTube - Head Tracking for Desktop VR Displays using the WiiRemote -
YouTube - Head Tracking for Desktop VR Displays using the WiiRemote
"Bigger is just something you have to live with in Java. Growth is a fact of life. Java is like a variant of the game of Tetris in which none of the pieces can fill gaps created by the other pieces, so all you can do is pile them up endlessly." - ⓞnor
I strongly disagree about the "Java sux, Lisp is awesome" conclusion, though. Core language doesn't matter nearly as much as style, IMHO. But the Java community does seem particularly embracing of boilerplate. - ⓞnor
This is a looong post. The author's summary: javascript (Ecmascript 4) is probably the best JVM language in terms of familiarity and code size (est. 2-4 times smaller code than Java) - Sanjeev Singh
Java's only metaprogramming facility is reflection, which is not only extremely verbose (in Java), but also has a host of other problems. If Java had closures and maybe also macros it'd be much easier to avoid the bloat, but as Steve points out the Java community can't even agree to add closures. That said, JavaScript wouldn't be my first choice for an alternate JVM language. - Laurence Gonsalves
There's always code generators, but I'm guessing you don't count that as "metaprogramming". :) - ⓞnor
If his goal is maintainability, I'm not sure metaprogramming is the way to go. duck typing helps a lot though; no more wishing people had declared their class as implementing a particular interface. - Karl Rosaen
Code generation is metaprogramming, but isn't "provided by Java" -- it's something people have to build on the side from scratch. (I've been working on a Java code generator for a number of years now, BTW) Java is actually somewhat hostile to code generation (eg: no #line directive, and JSR-45 is teh sux0rz), and the growing popularity of IDEs in the past few years has made it more... more... - Laurence Gonsalves
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