Do you fall prey to technical folk etymology?

From Wikipedia (itself a source of conceptual folk etymology, but that's another rant): A commonly held misunderstanding of the origin of a particular word, a false etymology "The popular perversion of the form of words in order to render it apparently significant"; "the process by which a word or phrase, usually one of seemingly opaque formation, is arbitrarily reshaped so as to yield a form which is considered to be more transparent" What do I mean by "technical folk etymology"?

JRuby 1.1 released

From the "Where the hell was I that day?" Department.... The JRuby community is pleased to announce the release of JRuby 1.1! Homepage: http://www.jruby.org/ Download: http://dist.codehaus.org/jruby/ JRuby 1.1 is the second major release for our project.  The main goal for 1.1 has been improving performance.  We have made great strides in performance during the last nine months.  There have been more and more reports of applications exceeding Ruby 1.8.6 performance; we are even beating Ruby 1.9 in some microbenchmarks.

Is "Performance" Subjective or Objective in nature?

(Editor's note: This post is likely to open a huge can of whoop-*ss on this blog, so unless you want to get caught up in the huge bar fight that's about to break out, you're advised to take your whiskey or beer and head outside for a smoke until the cops come.) As a fellow Scala writer, I've been following Daniel Spiewak's blog with no small amount of interest, as he discovers little tidbits inside the Scala language (like the Option type).


IE 8 Beta

This email crossed my desk yesterday, courtesy of the MVP program: Microsoft has recently released a public beta of IE8. Standards and security are of top importance in this release. To that end, the IE team is planning on releasing IE8 in full standards mode. Releasing in Full Standards Mode offers many benefits in the long term, but short term, could cause some end-user and developer issues. We would love to understand your thoughts around the impact of this specific issue and invite your suggestions on how we can best communicate it.

More on Paradise

A couple of people have commented on the previous entry, citing, essentially, that Google needs to do this to be "the best". I understand the argument completely: Google wants to attract the top talent, or retain the top talent, or at least entice the top talent, not to mention give them every reason to be horribly productive, so all of that extravagance is a justifiable--and some might argue necessary--expense. Thing is, I don't buy into that argument for a second.

The Complexities of Black Boxes

Kohsuke Kawagachi has posted a blog entry describing how to watch the assembly code get generated by the JVM during execution, using a non-product (debug or fastdebug) build of Hotspot and the -XX:+PrintOptoAssembly flag, a trick he says he learned while at TheServerSide Java Symposium a few weeks ago in Vegas. He goes on to do some analysis of the generated assembly instructions, offering up some interesting insights into the JVM's inner workings.

Developer paradise?

Check out this video. No, go on, watch it. The rest of this won't make much sense until you do. Now that you've seen it, take a moment, do the "WOW" thing in your head, imagine how cool it would be to work there, all of it. Go on, I know you want to, I did too when I first saw it. Go ahead, take a moment; you'll be distracted until you do, and you'll miss the rest of the point of this blog entry, and then I'll be sad.

Is Microsoft serious?

Recently I received a press announcement from Waggener-Edstrom, Microsoft's PR company, about their latest move in the interoperability space; I reproduce it here in its entirety for your perusal: Hi Ted, Microsoft is announcing another action to promote greater interoperability, opportunity and choice across the IT industry of developers, partners, customers and competitors.  Today Microsoft is posting additional documentation of the XAML (eXtensible Application Markup Language) formats for advanced user experiences, enabling third parties to access and implement the XAML formats in their own client, server and tool products.  This documentation is publicly available, for no charge, at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=113699 .  It will assist developers building non-Microsoft clients and servers to read and write XAML to process advanced user experiences – with lots of animation, rich 2D and 3D graphic and video.

MSDN "F# Primer" Article Feedback

Since the publication of the F# article in the MSDN Launch magazine, I've gotten some feedback from readers (for which I heartily thank you all, by the way), but in particular I've gotten two emails from "tms" that I thought deserved more widespread notice and commentary. I'm happy to give full credit to "tms" for his comments, but thus far I haven't heard back from him saying it was OK to do so; that said, his points are valid, and I think important for the rest of the world to hear, so I'm posting this under a pseudonym until he gives permission to offer up his real name.