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Programming Topics and Overload Journal #104 - August 2011

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Over-Generic Use of Abstractons as a Major Cause of Wasting Resources
Description : We often find ways to hide complexity. Sergey Ignatchenko looks at how this can be sub-optimal.

Thread-Safe Access Guards
Description : Ensuring safe access to shared data can be cumbersome and error-prone. Bjørn Reese presents a technique to help.

An Introduction to Test Driven Development
Description : TDD is too often thought to be all about Unit Tests. Paul Grenyer works through an example to show the bigger picture.

Why [Insert Algorithm Here] Won’t Cure Your Calculus Blues
Description : We now know that floating point arithmetic is the best we can do. Richard Harris goes back to school ready to show how to use it.