I love micro unit testing frameworks like Minunit.
Turns out you can do something even simpler with Erlang.
Chrome Server looks interesting.
Bruce Eckel on Grass Farming
Update : (Hat-tip Folknology) Michael Pollan talk at TED
Update 2 : I wonder, actually, if “grass farming” could be the new “pattern languages”?
What I mean is, patterns gave us a new way of thinking about the architecture of large software systems, and in particular thinking about their dynamics.
It seems that if we take the idea of grass-farming seriously, we’re really talking about understanding the symbiotic relationships between species (and lets translate that to software-systems / agents) and finding ways to tune the interactions between them for improved performance (or resilience if that’s what we prefer).
It’s a bold but simple metaphor which I think inspires a lot of productive thinking. Perhaps not as rich as Alexander’s work, but still a powerful idea to muse on. And I can imagine people starting to document the various symbiotic interdependencies using patterns.
Would certainly be interesting if there was some movement on this. And some development of the OPML outliner in this direction.
Ian Bicking on Python and Woonerf. A new pattern?
Scribe is searching for “Harmonious Technology”.
This is possibly the best StackOverflow thread ever (on the quirks of Python closures)