Tagged: programming

Structured procrastination, 2 Dec 2012 - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Dec 03, 2012

Another edition of my irregular structured procrastination reading lists - have fun exploring these. (Geekier ones nearer the end.) Sci-fi movie Geneticist Ricki Lewis offers a review of Jim, which she says is more compelling than GATTACA. The movie can be viewed on-line. (If you watch it, let me know what you think.) … Read More

The software developer's generalisation dilemma - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Nov 12, 2011

xkcd nails it :- [caption id="attachment_7838" align="aligncenter" width="550" caption="I find when someone's taking the time to the right in the present, they're a perfectionist with no ability to prioritize, whereas when someone took the time to do something right in the past, they're a master artisan of great foresight."][/caption] It’s the classic dilemma, isn’t it. Faced with … Read More

Paypal's massive error, hex and nybbles - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Sep 20, 2011

(A little light computing entertainment for general readers.) Seen recently on an on-line bookseller’s news updates: Paypal has a global problem where for some customers the '$' in their email confirmation is being replaced by '24'. For example if you purchase something for $19.99, your paypal email will say you have purchased … Read More

Research project coding v. end-user application coding - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Jul 27, 2011

Hurtling around around the tubes have been links to John Cook’s excellent short article Software exoskeletons. Relayed on some with legions of followers, it will have been widely read. John contrasts the programming styles and objectives of two camps: ’There’s a major divide between the way scientists and programmers view the software they write.’ I encourage … Read More

Literate and test-driven programming (in bioinformatics) - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Jun 01, 2011

PROGRAMMING and BIOINFORMATICS: Literate and test-driven development, especially for data-processing projects. One of my concerns about bioinformatics (or computational biology) is the quality of the software efforts. As encouragement for thought on this, I’ve outlined below an approach I take for many of my projects. [caption id="attachment_1045" align="alignleft" width="350" caption=""Code Monkey" … Read More

WWW database servers on Mac OS X 10.6.x, part III: managing the web server - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Mar 18, 2011

PROGRAMMING/BIOINFORMATICS: Part III of a outline guide to setting a Mac OS X machine up for a web server database using Mac OS X 10.6.x, MySQL and Perl. Originally intended as one long document, I have broken this into several parts. These instructions do not consider Mac OS X Server, which has a slightly … Read More

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