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  • Which Lisp?

    Intro Let's cut to the chase. This post is for people who, for whatever reason, have decided they want to learn lisp. Pretty much the first question that comes after that decision is "Which one?" Several people have tried to answer that question over the years. The answers seem to all boil down to either "Don't ...
    Posted to Not Necessarily Dot Net (Weblog) by JamesAshley on 03-11-2011
  • Why FOSS is Better

    You really don't want to read the train of thought that led up to this post. Even if I really remembered it clearly. Let's just something that it's been bubbling around in the back of my head for the past few weeks, and leave it at that. The main advantage of OSS has always been clear and obvious. It's what prompted RMS to start ...
    Posted to Not Necessarily Dot Net (Weblog) by JamesAshley on 01-24-2011
  • Simple NoSQL (resolved...I think)

    For all you avid readers who have been waiting with bated breath (I'm sure there are at least 2 of you on the planet): I found a resolution to my recent post about NoSQL options under Common Lisp. The project I was looking for seems to be Rucksack. I completely dismissed it at first, because the documentation implies that it's so immature ...
    Posted to Not Necessarily Dot Net (Weblog) by JamesAshley on 12-07-2010
  • Simple NoSQL

    I'm nibbling around the edges of kicking off a new project. Still doing the research and due diligence parts, but it's starting to solidify enough that I'm more or less down to picking out specific tools to at least start actually planning (how much planning winds up happening up front depends on a lot of different factors...at this ...
    Posted to Not Necessarily Dot Net (Weblog) by JamesAshley on 12-05-2010
  • C++ Virtual Inheritance

    I don't know what the odds are that anyone actually having this problem will run across this on google. But maybe someone will read it and remember before-hand. I have an inheritance hierarchy something like Interface -> ABC -> C -> D. Each constructor explicitly calls its parent class' constructor, with the appropriate ...
    Posted to Not Necessarily Dot Net (Weblog) by JamesAshley on 10-04-2010
  • Startup Weekend

    Last weekend, I heard about an event called a startup weekend.  Tonight, I'm in the middle of one. The idea is that a bunch of people who are interested in startups get together on a Friday evening after work.  Those of us who had them pitched ideas (no one warned me about that part) to the crowd.  Then the crowd spent half an ...
    Posted to Not Necessarily Dot Net (Weblog) by JamesAshley on 11-14-2009
  • Developer Reliability Metrics

    Why Reliability Metrics?  There's a new law being considered in the EU that would require software companies to pay for damages caused by bugs. A comment about halfway down the page recommends requiring specific certifications for coders working on specific kinds of projects.  Just like engineers, doctors, and lawyers. My initial ...
    Posted to Not Necessarily Dot Net (Weblog) by JamesAshley on 05-09-2009
  • Broken has_key on GAE, using Cheetah Templates

    The GAE developers have done something that seems incredibly stupid to me, but it probably won't seem to matter that much to anyone who hasn't been using Python for a while. They've defined a has_key() method on their ORM's Model class.  What it really does is check to see if the Model instance has been saved and (thus) has a ...
    Posted to Not Necessarily Dot Net (Weblog) by JamesAshley on 02-08-2009
  • Pyjamas on Google App Engine

    Pyjamas is one of the most interesting frameworks I've run across in a long time.  You write a desktop-style app (it looks a lot like something you'd do if you were lame enough to actually write WPF code instead of using the GUI to build XAML) in python, and run it through a "compiler" that converts it to ...
    Posted to Not Necessarily Dot Net (Weblog) by JamesAshley on 01-22-2009
  • cheetah templates on Google App Engine

    I've run across a few blog entries that indicate other people have managed to get this working, but I don't see any hints around (or even about) this particular problem. Maybe it's something that is just really well known for Genshi and Mako, and I just didn't make the connection. Anyway, setup.py installs fine, with the pure ...
    Posted to Not Necessarily Dot Net (Weblog) by JamesAshley on 12-15-2008
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