March 28, 2007
On finding code snippets
Bambrick's 8th Rule of Code Reuse: "It's far easier and much less trouble to find and use a bug-ridden, poorly implemented snippet of code written by a 13 year old blogger on the other side of the world, than it is to find and use the equivalent piece of code, written by your team leader on the other side of a cubicle partition."
March 19, 2007
Visual Literacy: A Periodic Table of Visualization Methods. The "periodic table" metaphor is a bit stretched, and some of the entries feel like visualisations of specific data rather than adaptable methods, but it's a cool way to... uh... visualise all these different techniques.
March 18, 2007
A great Patti Smith story
Dave Winer reports a great Patti Smith story: "Patti's mom ... told her, on the day she died, that when she was inducted [into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame] she should play her favorite song, the one she played while she was vacuuming. Smith told the story so sweetly, so you had to wonder what the song would be. She turned around, put the mike to her mouth and screamed: 'I don't fuck much with the past but I fuck plenty with the future.' Mom's favorite Patti Smith song, it turns out, was 'Rock & Roll Nigger'."
I love Patti Smith too.
March 17, 2007
War, death and toy imports
The Daily Mail, of all places, has a great set of maps with countries and regions sized according to economic or demographic criteria rather than physical size. Nothing particularly new, but the juxtaposition of the "war and death" map to the "toy imports" map is truly dramatic.
(And yes, true to its Private Eye caricature, the Mail can't resist having as one of its maps... house prices!)
March 14, 2007
Architecture Camp 2007
This looks like a fun, interactive event, with lots of crunchy stuff around patterns, testing, architecture and design, and an emphasis on discussion rather than talks. I have the thankless task of spinning 40 minutes of comedy gold out of seven years of Web services architectural straw; or, as Alex more prosaically puts it, I'll be doing a session on SOA Anti-Patterns.
The registration site isn't up yet as far as I can tell but keep your calendars free and start planning your travel -- it's scheduled for the weekend of 14-15 April in Auckland.
March 11, 2007
Tattooed Mountain Women and Spoon Boxes of Daghestan
BBC News: "How Green Were the Nazis? and The Stray Shopping Carts of Eastern North America are just two of the titles competing for an unusual book prize."
March 02, 2007
Inexplicably funny sentence of the day: "I shall never know who parsnips are wasted on."
WPF developer tools
It seems that while I was standing up and telling Wellingtonians that the current Visual Studio 'Orcas' preview didn't include the WPF designer, the VS team were releasing a new preview which did.