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  C programming tips in SPARC architecture


If you are a newbie of C programmers in SPARC architecture (For example, working on Solaris), you should pay attention to the following tips:(1) By default, SPARC is big-endian (For Endianness, you can refer http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Endianness). It means for an integer (short, int, long, etc), the MSB will be stored in the lower address, while the LSB will be stored in the higher address. (2) SPARC requires byte-alignment. It means for a short (2 bytes long) variable, the star...

   C     2014-06-01 03:56:30


  Building an iPhone application.


One of my New Years resolutions was to finally learn the iOS SDK and build a 'real' application.I am happy to report that progress is going really well and wanted to share something that I have noticed about iOS programming.It only looks scary... it's not. It's actually very easy.Now, I am not building Mail, Angry Birds or Photosynth or anything, but the core concepts of the SDK are not that bad once you spend some time learning delegation. If you don't understand delegation, iOS programmi...

   Apple,iOS,Application development     2012-01-28 07:03:36


  The Hungry Programmer


Programming is a lot like eating. Tonight I was hungry. I wasn't at home. I couldn't go to the kitchen for a snack. I looked around and saw only McDonald's across the street. Then I was struck with the same dilemma that I face whenever I leave the comfort of my own home for any decent spread of time: Do I eat crappy food now and satisfy that hunger? Or do I stay hungry for a little longer and eat a healthy meal back at home? As I pondered this dilemma I couldn't help but notice how much i...

   Programmer,Hungry,Coder,Coding     2012-01-19 11:04:30


  Readability in Programming Languages


I saw a side by side comparison of a bunch of scripting languages online recently. Scripting Languages: PHP, Perl, Python, Ruby My first, and second reaction was yuck! Now I have my biases – biases which may  not be shared by others of course. But I like readable code and for me anytime I see a special character (anything not an alphanumeric) it slows me down. This got me thinking about where we are going in design of programming languages? Are we moving forward (what ever that ...

   Programming,Style,Coding style,Readabili     2011-09-22 09:20:03


  JavaScript programming style


Douglas Crockford is a JavaScript expert, he is the inventor of JSON. In November 2011 he made a speech "Youtube", during the speech he talked about what JavaScript programming style is.I recommend this speech to everyone, it not only helps you learn JavaScript but also make you enjoying because Crockford is very humorous and he made audience laugh frequently.Next I will summarize JavaScript programming style according to this speech and his article code convention. The so-called programming ...

   JavaScript, programming style,Curly braces,Equal     2015-10-14 10:16:44


  In praise of impractical programming


Although it’s become a cultural mainstay now, I still remember when I first saw that thick book — the one with the wizard on the cover — about a school for magic where wonders are easily conjured by those who know the proper spells. Of course, I’m talking about the Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs. There was that other book with the spells, but the “Wizard Book” sincerely claimed to teach magic. For the past few years, I’ve been working as a software developer i...

   Impractical Programming,Structure,Scheme,Practical     2011-12-05 12:28:58


  Is coding going to die?


There is always a voice recent years saying that coding will gradually die, software development is more like an assembly job. i.e, programmer will be more and more like IT engineers. They seldom build something from scratch, instead they achieve the goal by assemble different components. There are people who have similar views around me. From the book "Clean code" written by Robert C Martin-- "One might argue that a book about code is somehow behind the times—that code is no longer the ...

   Coding,Clean code,Disappear,Analysis     2012-03-15 14:37:35


  Letter to a Young Developer


I’ve been getting some emails from young developers wanting to “level up” as programmers. I’m definitely not the first to write about this topic, so I’m not sure how much I have to add. Still, for what it’s worth here are a few points off the top of my head: Work with other developers. We are at a wonderful time in the history of technology when for the first time, it doesn’t really matter where you are or who you are working for. So long as you have a decent internet connectio...

   Letter,Tips,Programmer,Developer,Opportu     2011-09-14 11:49:24


  Which one has a worse reputation, JavaScript or PHP?


There has a been a lot of criticism of PHP over being a badly designed programming language. JavaScript seems quite a similar language with loose-typing and flexible array declarations/memory management, but is widely adopted by industry leaders such as Google. Google even has a JavaScript style guide. Many people think that PHP has a worse reputation than JavaScript. Carlos Ribeiro gave his analysis on a high level which doesn't touch the language syntax. Attributing JavaScript success to it be...

   JavaScript,PHP,reputation,comparison     2014-05-03 06:26:10


  Concurrency vs Parallelism


Concurrency and parallelism are two related concepts which deal with executing tasks "simultaneously". From Sun's Multithreaded Programming Guide: Concurrency: A condition that exists when at least two threads are making progress. A more generalized form of parallelism that can include time-slicing as a form of virtual parallelism. Parallelism: A condition that arises when at least two threads are executing simultaneously. These two definitions are too formal to be understood easily. On t...

   Concurrency,Parallelism,Thread     2013-08-07 23:42:33