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Programming Topics and Overload Journal #108 - April 2012

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Why Automatic Differentiation Won’t Cure Your Calculus Blues
Description : We’ve tried and rejected many numerical approaches to differentiation. Richard Harris has one final attempt.

Back to School
Description : The Sinclair ZX Spectrum will be 30 years old in April 2012. Andy Thomas recalls how this plucky little home computer shaped his childhood.

Valgrind Part 1 – Introduction
Description : Good analysis tools can really help track down problems. Paul Floyd investigates the facilities from a suite of tools.

Mutation Testing
Description : We all know that testing improves our code, guarding against errors. Filip van Laenen asks how we know that the tests are comprehensive?

Unit Testing Compilation Failure
Description : We usually test that our code does what we expect. Pete Barber tries to prove that his code fails to compile.

Refactoring Towards Seams in C++
Description : Breaking dependencies in existing code is hard. Michael Rüegg explains how seams can help and provides new automated refactorings for C++ to achieve them.

Compiling a Static Web Site Using the C Preprocessor
Description : Sometimes the obvious way is still too complex. Sergey Ignatchenko relates how ‘No Bugs’ Bunny found an unexpectedly simple approach to creating a web site.