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Demons May Fly Out Of Your Nose
Description : Language standards give guarantees about valid program behaviour. Olve Maudel discovers what happens if you break your end of the bargain.
Category: [ Overload Journal #115 - June 2013 ]
Wallpaper Rotation on Ubuntu using Ruby and Flickr
Description : Repetitive tasks are ideal candidates for scripting. Filip van Laenen walks us through a simple example.
Category: [ Overload Journal #115 - June 2013 ]
Dynamic C++, Part 1
Description : Static and dynamic languages have different trade-off. Alex Fabijanic attempts to get the best of both worlds.
Category: [ Overload Journal #115 - June 2013 ]
A Model for Debug Complexity
Description : Debugging any program can be difficult. Sergey Ignatchenko and Dmytro Ivanchykhin develop a mathematical model for its complexity.
Category: [ Overload Journal #114 - April 2013 ]
Valgrind Part 6 – Helgrind and DRD
Description : Debugging multi-threaded code is hard. Paul Floyd uses Helgrind and DRD to find deadlocks and race conditions.
Category: [ Overload Journal #114 - April 2013 ]
Quality Matters #7 Exceptions: the story so far
Description : Exception handling is difficult to get right. Matthew Wilson recaps the story so far.
Category: [ Overload Journal #114 - April 2013 ]
Causality – Relating Distributed Diagnostic Contexts
Description : Supporting a system with many moving parts can be hard. Chris Oldwood demonstrates one way to add tags to log information to aid diagnosis.
Category: [ Overload Journal #114 - April 2013 ]
Executable Documentation Doesn’t Have To Slow You Down
Description : Comprehensibility of end-to-end scenarios and quick feedback of unit tests are competing goals. Seb Rose introduces Cucumber with tags to meet both needs.
Category: [ Design of applications and programs | Overload Journal #114 - April 2013 ]
Why Dysfunctional Programming Matters
Description : Function progamming is all the rage. Teedy Deigh considers how it offers many opportunities for the serious programmer.
Category: [ Overload Journal #114 - April 2013 ]
‘No Bugs’ Top Five C++ Cooking Recipes
Description : Developers often have a few favourite tricks for solving problems. Sergey Ignatchenko shares his five top recipes.
Category: [ Overload Journal #113 - February 2013 ]
Utilising More Than 4GB of Memory in 32-bit Windows Process
Description : Some applications require a vast amount of memory. Chris Oldwood presents techniques to provide extra memory.
Category: [ Overload Journal #113 - February 2013 ]
The Signs of Trouble: On Patterns, Humbleness and Lisp
Description : Patterns can be a controversial topic. Adam Petersen considers their cognitive and social value.
Category: [ Overload Journal #113 - February 2013 ]
The Open–Closed Principle (OCP)
Description : Changing requirements and environments can require cascading changes through software. Nan Wang demonstrates how the Open-Closed principle can minimise changes.
Category: [ Overload Journal #113 - February 2013 ]
Secrets of Testing WCF Services
Description : WCF services provide middleware for applications but can be hard to test. Steve Love describes a way to develop a testable app.
Category: [ Overload Journal #113 - February 2013 ]
Web Annotation with Modified-Yarowsky and Other Algorithms
Description : Annotating text automatically requires word disambiguation. Silas Brown introduces the Yarowsky algorithm to help.
Category: [ Internet Topics | Overload Journal #112 - December 2012 ]
Complex Logic in the Member Initialiser List
Description : The syntactic form of the member initialiser list restricts the logic that it contains. Cassio Neri presents some techniques to overcome these constraints.
Category: [ Overload Journal #112 - December 2012 ]
-640K- 2^256 Bytes of Memory is More than Anyone Would Ever -Need- Get
Description : How fast can computers get? Sergey Ignatchenko provides us with some upper limits.
Category: [ Overload Journal #112 - December 2012 ]
Footprint on Modify
Description : Tracking history can be done in a variety of ways. Andy Balaam describes one technique with many advantages.
Category: [ Overload Journal #112 - December 2012 ]
Valgrind Part 5 – Massif
Description : Poor performance can be caused by memory usage. Paul Floyd introduces Valgrind’s heap memory profiling tool Massif.
Category: [ Overload Journal #112 - December 2012 ]
Valgrind Part 4: Cachegrind and Callgrind
Description : When your application is slow, you need a profiler. Paul Floyd shows us how callgrind and cachegrind can help.
Category: [ Overload Journal #111 - October 2012 ]

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