Introduction For almost half a year now, I’ve been the proud owner of a Samsung Galaxy SIII Mini (bought it just before the release of the S4, because my phone died and I couldn’t wait for the S4). Since then I’ve got it doing most of what I want it to do, except sign my [...]
So I just bought myself a new laptop (an Asus N76VB-T4038H) which I love so far. It’s a great machine and real value for money. Of course it comes preloaded with Windows 8 — which I hate so far, but am holding on to for the occasional multimedia thingie and because I might have [...]
Today I came across a column posted (in Dutch) on Webwereld entitled "It’s a trap!". This column is responding to the recent decision at a LibreOffice/OpenOffice Workshop to put more effort into support for Microsoft‘s proprietary OOXML format.
Perhaps it is because I have been reading Pull. Perhaps it is because I have been working [...]
The Netherlands is currently in the middle of a large project to change the way we pay for public transportation. We are moving from paying with a cardboard strip (called the "Nationale Strippenkaart", which must be stamped by the driver of the public transportation vehicle you get on) to a new system (the OV-chipkaart) involving [...]
By now I’m sure everybody has at least heard of REpresentational State Transfer (REST). REST is an architectural style that was first properly described by Roy Fielding in his doctoral thesis. Since Fielding published his thesis in 2000 the term REST has become very popular among web developers. Mostly for the wrong reasons of course [...]
Last Thursday (July 22nd, 2010) Rob Pike, a Principal Engineer at Google, gave a talk at the O’Reilly Open Source conference. In this talk he stated that established languages such as C++ and Java are too complex and not adequately suited for today’s computing environments. He then proceeded with some criticism of dynamically typed languages [...]
Starting with release 5.0, the Java language comes equipped with parametric polymorphism. Also known as generics, this language feature allows for a type (a class, interface, enum or other) to be parameterized with a type variable: a variable that represents some other type. This allows for the creation of Java code that is generic with [...]
First and foremost an apology to all regular readers: I fully realize GridShore is not intended to deal with Microsoft technology (or whatever detritus is collected under that name). However, this one is such a beauty of having to go the long way to get things done that I don’t want to hold back.