Here are the links I enjoyed in April and the first half of May:
I’ve been looking to stick to one language, as much as possible, so that I build up a large library of software over time. The last 10 years I’ve been jumping from cool language to cool language, starting from scratch every time. I see now that the language doesn’t matter as much as the code you build with it, and right now I’m leaning toward none other than Java. I’ll discuss my reasoning in another post, but I’ve been re-acquainting myself with the language this month.
- Learn Java From the Ground Up – it’s cool to see someone discuss Java as if you’ve never heard of it before!
- Awesome Scala – a collection of interesting Scala work on GitHub
- Modern Java – a great three-part series on what’s good in the Java space these days
- Lambdas, InvokeDynamic and the DLR – A good comparison of java8’s dynamic capabilities vs. the DLR
Retro-style art made by placing individual pixels…
- I don’t get color theory – an interesting forum thread on pixeljoint
- A Pixel Artist Renounces Pixel Art – well-done article on why it can be time to move on
- Beginnings and Endings – a great quote that explains the birst of most of the underground electronic art scenes
You know… like Zork
- ZLR – a z-machine in dot-net.
- The Classics in the Modern Idiom – another z-machine on dot-net.
- Writing IF in python – a fun look at just using a general-purpose language for IF
- XENIX, Microsoft’s Short-lived Affair with UNIX – I was only vaguely aware of Xenix when I was growing up. It’s interesting to see that I could have easily had a UNIX machine prior to going to Linux. At the time I had no idea.
- OpenDoc – a great article on opendoc from someone who was there.
- The Birth of Visual Basic – Another great article by someone who was there.
- Windows’s 10th Anniversary – An MSDN Article from 2000 talking about the history of Windows. It’s cool to see a historical take on Windows from someone who has no idea about Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, or 10.
- Optimizing for the 8088 and 8086 – I love retro computing articles like this
- IFF Form and Chunk Registry – a collection of known uses of one of the greatest file formats of all time.
- Now that’s crazy… Oklahoma woman slashes face of boyfriend’s deceased ex. When she was apprehended she was at the dead woman’s house!
- Programming Languages Beacon – a list of applications and the languages they are programmed in.
- Notes on the Book “Art and Fear” – a book about making art. Very good summary!
- Fletcher Capstan Table – a mechanical expanding dining table.