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Joy of Programming: The Technology Behind Static Analysis Tools

There are a wide range of static analysers available today — both commercial as well as open source. Have you ever wondered how static analysers magically detect difficult-to-find bugs in code? And why…

Problem solving

CodeSport (September 2011)

In this month’s column, we pose a set of questions related to C/C++, algorithms and data structures, for our readers to practice and prepare for interviews. In last month’s column, we had looked…

Typing Turtle Activity

Exploring Software: Sugar on Fedora 15, the Spice for Children

One of Fedora’s spin-offs is Sugar On A Stick (SOAS), which can be installed as an additional desktop environment. It’s unlikely that readers will use Sugar as their working environment; but if you…

Software updates and all that jazz!

CodeSport (August 2011)

In this month’s column, we will look at the concept of dynamic software update solutions, which allow even an operating system to be updated without requiring a reboot. In last month’s column, we…

Time to program

Joy of Programming: Calling Virtual Functions from Constructors

Calling virtual functions from constructors is problematic, and this problem can manifest itself in many ways. In this column, we’ll take a look at this problem, with specific examples. Last year, I bought…

The Dvorak keyboard

FOSS is __FUN__: The Dvorak Keyboard

The “what” and the “why” of the Dvorak keyboard, when compared to the older “standard”, the QWERTY keyboard. The standard keyboard has the QWERTY layout, which has remained unchanged for the last 100…

Debugging introduces bug(s)?

Joy of Programming: How Debugging Can Result in Bugs!

We typically debug code to find and fix bugs. However, debugging itself can cause bugs. This is an interesting phenomenon that we cover in this month’s column. Consider the following simple Java example,…

An angry bird or a free bird?

FreedomYUG: The Mockery of Freedom — Angry Birds v/s Free Birds in a Cloud

They are taking away freedom from our consciousness. All we’re left with is a clenched fist holding on to our mobile devices. That, and the poisoned idea that there are only two kinds…

Time to keep things updated

CodeSport (July 2011)

In this month’s column, we will look at how software upgrades could lead to failure in some cases, and how online software updates can help to reduce application downtime. In the last couple…

Exception Safety

Joy of Programming: Levels of Exception Safety

The concept of “exception safety” is important for programming in the presence of exceptions. In this article, we’ll look at different levels of exception safety, with the help of an example. Let’s first…

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