It’s all about passion. The second edition of the book saw its title changed (it was called My Job Went To India) to something less depressing and more adequate to what we all should do: be passionate about our work and be happy to do it (it also applies to other job than developers!).
Some months ago, I’ve finished my manifold learning posts serie. As support for the manifold learning toolkit, I’ve also developed an optimization framework, which I’ll be blogging about, starting now.
Is there a Google way of doing things? How did Google become the company we know? Did the society change its way of consuming? These are the kind of questions that this book tries to answer. Jeff Jarvis, the author, has a blog on which he writes about his book and the issues of the new economy.
Free lunch is over, it’s time to go concurrent. The Art of Concurrency addresses the need for a workflow to develop concurrent/parallel applications.
Years ago, I’ve tried to use the GPL version of Qt, but it couldn’t be done without a Qt Solution that was at the time non-free. Now, Nokia has freed and Qt and the appropriate Qt Solution.
I’ve searched if someone has already used this new version to create a VST plugin. The only blog post I’ve found does not use the Qt Solution and is not perfect. According to the documentation what is missing in this solution is precisely what the Solution should do. So let’s try it.
Thre is two ways of getting this book: the electronic one or the paper one. If you plan of using Mercurial, the paper may be better suited.
Mercurial (also called hg as the Mendeleiev symbol for mercurial) is one of the three DVCS (Distributed Version Control System) that are in the mood nowadays. Written in Python, its life started at the time as git’s when BitKepper was dumped as the Linux kernel’s VCS. Now it is a mature product, and the book tries to explain how to use it and also the differences with Git. Bazaar, the third DVCS, is not even mentionned, although it is also written in Python.
As I was looking for a book on Bazaar (a book I didn’t find yet), I ran accross this one on Git. I heard that to use correctly Git, one needed a tutorial, so I figured a pragmatic book would do the trick.
Now, I will show the implementation of reflection (from the Whitted approach). It is basically using the reflection law and recurse the ray cast.
Each object can reflect a ray more or less from a different object. A mirror would reflect the light totally, and a matte object would reflect nothing. Each new reflection is a new ray tracing call, so it can be costly. The number of recursion levels will be fixed, even if an object reflects nothing: this will be implemented through shaders in the future.
Python can be used for many things, and is mainly known for the shell scripts people wrote. Shai Vangast proposes using the langage for data analysis and visualization.
After reviewing Parallel Studio, I’ve decided to look after Advisor Lite. Intel offers it for free, before the actual Advisor is released with a future Parallel Studio version. It aims at steering multithreaded development with Parallel Studio.