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The weekly digest for developers   
ISSUE 21 - February 8, 2013

featured

Open Source in your Inbox: Code Triage — A clever way to help your favorite open source projects. Sign up and each day you'll receive a link to one issue a day from projects you follow on GitHub. A good way to build up a constant stream of open source contributions.
Fluid Simulation for Video Games — From Intel and Dr. Michael J. Gourlay comes a fascinating 15 part series introducing us to fluid dynamics, its relevance to gaming, and how to work with fluid simulation algorithmically.
A Regular Expression 'Crossword' Puzzle [PDF] — A fun 'crossword' where the clues are regular expressions. Sound like a mindbender? It is.

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interesting

CS2: Data Structures and Algorithms — A collection of 38 lectures on YouTube covering algorithms and data structures all the way from the basics through to O notation, sorting algorithms, hash tables, and more. Recorded in 2009 but as relevant today.
Immutable Values and Invariant Names — An immutable is a special type of value which has the property that after construction it never changes. Immutables can play a significant role in language design.
What is the advantage of 'currying'? — Currying is the transforming a function that takes multiple arguments in such a way that it can be called as a chain of functions, each with a single argument. Developers on Stack Exchange explain all, along with examples.
Why does (-2147483648> 0) return true in C++? — Part of the answer: "C++ does not support negative literal values. -2147483648 is actually an expression."
Evasi0n Jailbreak's Userland Component — A fascinating and detailed walkthrough of how the latest iOS 6.1 jailbreak wangles its way into your iOS device of choice.
The Base64 Encoder Has A Fixed Point — A curious property of the Base64 encoding/decoding system.
Scientific Publishing 2.0: Moving The Compute to The Data Rather Than The Data to The Computers — The GigaScience journal aims to turn research papers into executable data objects, turning all stages of what goes into making a research paper, such as data and analysis into a reducible and citable format.

useful

Code Connected Volume 1: Learning ZeroMQ — Pieter Hintjens' guide to building distributed software. Volume 1 takes you through learning ZeroMQ (0MQ) step-by-step, covering the basics, the API, the different socket types and how they work, reliability, and a host of patterns you can use in your apps. You can buy it but there's also a free PDF.
Announcing MoSQL: Live Data Replication from MongoDB to PostgreSQL — With MoSQL, you can run applications against a MongoDB database, but also maintain a live-updated mirror of your data in PostgreSQL, ready for querying with the full power of SQL.
Boost your productivity with Tmux — tmux is a terminal multiplexer (think 'screen') and in this 15 minute screencast, Alfredo Di Napoli shares some tips in using it.
Introducing dot42: A C# Compiler for Android's Dalvik Runtime — dot42 compiles CLR based bytecode to that required for Android's VM. There's a community license for non-commercial use but it costs a pretty penny otherwise.
Squash: The Open-Source Bug-Smashing Tool — An exception reporting and bug analysis tool from Square.

esoterica

Jeremy Ashkenas on CoffeeScript and Symbiotic Languages — At the recent dotJS conference, CoffeeScript's creator, Jeremy Ashkenas, talked about CoffeeScript and the idea of 'symbiotic programming languages' for 20 minutes.
Sorting Data in Parallel: CPU vs GPU — A look at implementing a parallel sort algorithm in C++ both directly for the CPU and also for the GPU with CUDA.
Rethinking GCC's Optimization for Size — A recent discussion on the best optimization approach for the Linux kernel has demonstrated how complicated the idea of compiler based optimization can be.
How to Parse Ruby — "If you want to parse Ruby, I wish you luck — there isn’t any documentation or a formal grammar that fully describes the language."
Easy 6502: Learn How to Write 6502 Assembly Language — Comparing 6502 assembler to Latin, Nick Morgan makes a great case for learning the antique ways of the 6502 processor. Much to enjoy here.
State Machines – Basics of Computer Science — A nice entry level introduction to a key computer science concept.
How to Achieve 4 FLOPS Per Cycle — A Stack Overflow question with a fascinating top answer that pushes a Core i7 2600K up to 97.9 billion floating point operations per second from C++.

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quoted

"It's not at all important to get it right the first time. It's vitally important to get it right the last time." // Andy Hunt and Dave Thomas

last but not least

Waza 2013: Heroku's Developer Event - February 28, San Francisco — Heroku are hosting an event that 'celebrates craft and the creative process of software development with technical sessions and interactive artistic happenings.' Some excellent speakers in the line up.