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Friday May 04, 2007
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For a database related topic, you might want to check out Francois Orsini's "Enabling Offline Web Applications with Java DB," where he previews his upcoming JavaOne talk with Zimbra's Kevin Henrikson.
Tuesday Apr 03, 2007
By MortazaviBlog on Apr 03, 2007
Lots of people have said lots of things about open source communities.
Among the books I have seen on shelves and articles in books and online, I've been wanting to read Steven Weber's 2004 book The Success of Open Source but time has never allowed.
Finally, I've been able to start and finish the first 15 pages of Weber's book, and I can tell you that it has all the right elements and sources for its analysis of the political economy of open source communities. Mancur Olson's work, transaction cost economists', Chester Barnard's and others' are weaved together beautifully in those pages.
I look forward to reading more of it as time allows, and I'll be quoting from Weber, here.
Tuesday Mar 20, 2007
By MortazaviBlog on Mar 20, 2007
Today, The New York Times carries an obituary to John W. Backus, of the "Backus | Naur form" notation and the lead of the IBM team who brought us Fortran. Many a scientific computing wizard will today salute Mr. Backus for what he and his team accomplished.
While the need for new programming models was dire in the 1950s, a move by Backus to initiate an applied research program to invent a higher-level language led to a revolution in software. The first Fortran team worked on the language from 1953 to 1957. ("The first written reference to 'software' as a computer term, as something distinct from hardware, did not come until 1958," according to The NYT.)
In my experience with Fortran, I join many others who used this first-generation higher-level language to do useful things, including much scientific research.
I wrote my first toy computer program, which calculated the first 1000 primes, in Fortran. Later on, I wrote Fortran programs to calculate temperature profiles in three dimensional body embedded in a heated environment, to study dispersion and diffusion of particles in turbulent flows, to investigate the dynamics of particle-particle collisions and systems, and to perform direct numerical simulations of fluid flow and vortex-vortex interaction in an infinite body. In short, in the mid 1980s, I spent many hours doing scientific programming in Fortran. (Some of this work got its way into my masters dissertation and other to my Ph.D. dissertation. Much of it remained at the level of pure investigation and study.)
Note: For a modern progeny, see Fortress.
Sunday Feb 04, 2007
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Wednesday Jan 31, 2007
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Thursday Dec 21, 2006
Sunday Nov 12, 2006
- Oliver Williamson Wins the Nobel Prize in Economics
- LBL, Technology and Life
- At the Mount Whitney Summit
- More on Derby
- Advancing MySQL Open Development One Important Step Forward
- A Prize Well-Deserved
- ADO.Net Entity Framework on MySQL
- How a Differential Gear Works
- Clunkers and Financial Institutions
- Workbench 5.2 Alpha
- Adam Bosworth
- Bryan Cantrill
- David Edmondson
- Edward Felton
- Hinkmond Wong
- His Holiness, The Duke
- James C. Liu
- Lawrence Lessig
- Paul Rogers
- Philip Greenspun
- Richard Friedman
- Richard Sharples
- Roberto Chinnici
- Seyed Razavi
- Simple Signs
- Simson L. Garfinkel
- Tim Bray
- Yusuf Goolamabbas
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- /Art (هنر)
- /Sun Microsystems Inc.