Category Archives: Books

Then vs. Than

Scribd has many online books. I try to read at least one book every week. Starting to read a new book is always fun. The sense of anticipation builds up while the search for a new book is still in progress. The novelty of the new text reaches out of the first few pages, trying to grab my attention. Then there are times that something like the following jumps out of the page to annoy me:

Object-oriented programming is the current cure-all — although it has been around for much more then ten years. At the core, there is little more to it then finally applying the good programming principles which we have been taught for more then twenty years.

— Object Oriented Programming in C

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Merging should be *this* easy

Is merging so easy in your SCM system?

$ pwd
$ hg pull crew
pulling from /home/keramida/hg/mercurial/crew
searching for changes
adding changesets
adding manifests
adding file changes
added 54 changesets with 143 changes to 82 files (+1 heads)
(run 'hg heads' to see heads, 'hg merge' to merge)
$ hg up -C keramida
0 files updated, 0 files merged, 0 files removed, 0 files unresolved
$ hg merge
merging mercurial/
merging mercurial/hgweb/
merging tests/test-hgweb-commands.out
79 files updated, 3 files merged, 3 files removed, 0 files unresolved
(branch merge, don't forget to commit)

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Reading: Lawrence Lessig, “The Future of Ideas”

Through a post by Palm Powered Doctor, I found out about a new book by Lawrence Lessig:

The Future of Ideas

Neatly typeset, freely available in PDF booklet format, with a very readable font and a cool-looking design, the book seems like a very intriguing and interesting piece of work. The text itself seems to be of the usual lucid quality which prof. Lessig has gotten us used to expect.

I’m off to read more of it…