Archive for March 11, 2003

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Microsoft vs. Open Source

John Lam:

The key point about this figure is that the rate of innovation in Linux is greater than the rate of increase of the lower limit of user expectations. Therefore it is inevitable that the Linux curve and the lower limit of user expectations curve intersect.

Anti-aliasing in Safari

Dave Hyatt responds to John Gruber, who said that Safari shouldn’t anti-alias Geneva and Monaco. Hyatt rightly states that anti-aliasing is ultimately subjective. This is why Mac OS X should provide a way to turn it off—and render and space bitmapped fonts properly, so they don’t look like this.

Exceptional Java

Alan Griffiths writes about some of the problems with checked exceptions in Java.

Apocalypse 6

Larry Wall:

This is the Apocalypse on Subroutines. In Perl culture the term “subroutine” conveys the general notion of calling something that returns control automatically when it’s done. This “something” that you’re calling may go by a more specialized name such as “procedure”, “function”, “closure”, or “method”. In Perl 5, all such subroutines were declared using the keyword sub regardless of their specialty. For readability, Perl 6 will use alternate keywords to declare special subroutines, but they’re still essentially the same thing underneath. Insofar as they all behave similarly, this Apocalypse will have something to say about them.

Wow, there’s some good stuff in there—better static checking, multimethods, macros, slurping parameters, keywordless lambdas—but at what expense in complexity?

Firefly Gag Reel

The Firefly Gag Reel has been circulating around the Net. It’s a 60 MB MPEG-4 file. Hi-larious if you’re a fan.

Quote of the Day

I got an Object
I was sure it was a Point
ClassCastException