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Newlines, Gotta Love ‘Em

Velimir Gašparović
November 12, 2008 by Velimir Gašparović

After inserting the contents of a multiline .NET TextBox into the postgreSQL database, I went to check the results. Three operating systems, three different representations. Nota bene, we’re talking about newline characters here, not really something exotic. I know there’s a series of unfortunate historic events that lead to this situation – but you just […]

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Windows XP search assistant

Velimir Gašparović
November 7, 2008 by Velimir Gašparović

MS Windows XP is still a necessary evil. That’s why I like to keep it closed in a virtual machine. Occasionally though, I have to give it some air. Last time I tried to find a file, this funny dog caught my eye. It’s even animated. I wonder if he is friends with Clippy 🙂

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McAtom effect

Velimir Gašparović
November 6, 2008 by Velimir Gašparović

As I mentioned in the previous post, I’m going to write about an observation. I named it McAtom. Take a random group of software developers. Put them on a project. After some time, their individual RSS/Atom subscriptions will converge to an identical set. The real-world source of this post, the McClintock effect, is also referred […]

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Zagrebačka banka, e-banking [part II]

Velimir Gašparović
November 4, 2008 by Velimir Gašparović

So, this is the second (and hopefully last) part of my e-banking rant. It’s a question of my mental health to get this through, so please excuse me. And stay tuned, as I had an epiphany this morning and new post is just behind the corner 🙂 It’s about the developer’s version of the McClintock […]

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Zagrebačka banka, e-banking [part I]

Velimir Gašparović
November 1, 2008 by Velimir Gašparović

Dear readers, I apologize beforehand for writing this post in Croatian language. It’s a rant about the user experience of the e-banking web site of one of our biggest banks (Zagrebacka banka). It would be uninteresting to non-Croatians anyway. I hope banks in your countries have more competition and better-suited people at relevant positions 🙂 […]

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A healthier programmer

Velimir Gašparović
October 26, 2008 by Velimir Gašparović

I just read a post about some ways to be a healthier programmer, so I felt compelled to add a few of my observations. The things mentioned in the post, like ergonomic keyboards or regular glasses of water, are important. But the post title should have been “7 additional ways to be a healthier programmer” […]

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calyx_work_day.zip

Vladimir Prenner
October 20, 2008 by Vladimir Prenner

Some thinking, some typing, some OpenArena and a lot of blank stares at the screen… All of these are parts of a working day in the life of a software engineer! Enjoy! [youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m4-0beTIwYQ]

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TimeStamp vs. Date, polymorphism strikes back!

Velimir Gašparović
October 14, 2008 by Velimir Gašparović

Saturday afternoon. Perfect timing for an exhaustive debug session. So here we are, debugging a relatively straight-forward algorithm that handles objects based on their Date field. Supposedly, a piece of cake. A few hours later (and 3 mins prior to solving the issue), we notice that a collection of Date objects sometimes contains objects of […]

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Going right-wing (at least brain-wise)

Velimir Gašparović
October 10, 2008 by Velimir Gašparović

Who said that we, left-brainers, cannot be creative? To be honest, the origin of this poster is 99% left-brain, but nevertheless it can be printed – i guess that makes it art 🙂 The masterpiece is generated using the popular “ctrl+c/ctrl+v” technique, which was applied on one of our Java source code files, and pasting […]

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