CodeSport (January 2012)

In this month’s column, we take a short break from our discussion of compiler optimisations and feature a set of questions for computer science interviews. We have been discussing compiler optimisation over the…

A rant on DBAs

FOSS is __FUN__: Get the Basics Right

A few thoughts about databases in general… and some rants about the good old ways. There are a plethora of free/open source databases around, from the good old Berkeley DB, SQLite, MySQL, PostgreSQL,…


Joy of Programming: Understanding Bit-fields in C

One important feature that distinguishes C as a systems programming language is its support for bit-fields. Let us explore this feature in this column. In C, structure members can be specified with size…

FOSS for an MBA

FOSS is __FUN__: FOSS Meets the MBA

How does FOSS development get along with business graduates who know little about the process? The FOSS methodology recognises that software development is a process that never ends. The developer adopts the end-user…

Fail Fast!

Joy of Programming: Fail Fast!

When a problem occurs in the software, it should fail immediately, in an easily noticeable way. This “fail fast” behaviour is desirable, and we’ll discuss this important concept in this column. At first,…

Compilar optimisation

CodeSport (December 2011)

In this month’s column, we will continue our discussion of compiler optimisations, and focus on compiler analyses and optimisations that require inter-procedural analysis and inter-procedural code transformation. In last month’s column, we had…

Time to Plone

Exploring Software: Plone with Schemas

Using Dexterity to extend and customise Plone. Last month, you tried Plone 4 and could create a schema interactively. However, at present, it does not seem to be possible to convert the interactive…

Dennis MacAlistair Ritchie

Joy of Programming: The Legacy of C

Dennis Ritchie died on the 8th of October 2011, at the age of 70. His lasting contributions to computing include creating the C language, and co-creating the UNIX operating system. In his memory,…

A page after submitting for publication

Exploring Software: The New-Look Plone 4

If this is the first time you are hearing of Plone, should you use it? If so, how would you start and get a feel of what it can do? Plone is a…

Loop optimisation

CodeSport (November 2011)

In this month’s column, we will continue our discussion on some of the common loop optimisations performed by the compiler. In last month’s column, I had presented a coding snippet (shown below) and…

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