Software

A small example of the hidden dangers of dynamically typed programming languages

Several days back I wrote about how unit testing is not a substitute for static typing. A comment posted to that article by James asked for more clarification regarding what I was talking about. James wrote, “I can’t recall the last time I had Ruby code break because I tried to act on an object [...]

Others are leaving Ruby on Rails, as well. And it’s not going well.

Several months back, there was somewhat of an uproar in the Ruby and Ruby on Rails communities when it was revealed that after two years of effort, the CD Baby Web site was abandoning their Ruby on Rails rewrite. The CD Baby site was reimplemented in mere months after returning to the use of PHP. [...]

It’s time for Haskell in the Web browser.

JavaScript has been around for over a decade now. During that time, we’ve seen it implemented by every major browser vendor, and thus we’ve seen it become widely used by many Web sites. We’ve even seen JavaScript used in non-Web applications and uses. But JavaScript has some pretty serious drawbacks. The performance of the various [...]

Konqueror 4.0 brings some vast improvements.

KDE 4.0 was released several days back, and thanks to the KDE Four Live CD, I was able to give it a try with very little effort. Having used it for about a day and a half now, I’d like to share some of my impressions of this new release of KDE. Specifically, I will [...]