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Daily Dose - Ken Thompson Still Has To Take Google's Language Test

04.21.2010
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An extremely ironic quote from the co-inventor of Unix and the C language, Ken Thompson, was found in the book Coders at Work.  The quote was posted by Gawker today and reveals that even Ken Thompson was required to take a mandatory test on the language he invented in order to check in code at Google, and at the time of the interview he still hadn't taken it (said he didn't need to) and thus couldn't check in code!  Apparently he had no problems creating Google's new language, Go.

Java PureFaces - Now Pure Open Source
B6 announced the open sourcing of Java PureFaces, which simplifies Java Server Faces.  Much like Swing, PureFaces enables the creation of Ajax-enabled using Java.  The framework also features Maven integration, and it removes the need for multiple static JSP templates and backing-beans.

Will Python Help Prevent the Next Financial Crisis?
A 667 page proposal that would solidify a position for Python in the US government is being considered by the US Security and Exchange Commission.  The financial regulatory body is considering a requirement for submissions to be written in Python.  The use of Python's precise syntax could help investors better evaluate asset backed securities.  Because legal language is difficult to read by computers and a majority of people, a computer language would help the precision of reading such documents.  Asset level data would be encoded in XML documents to be processed by Python scripts.  Python was chosen because of its ease of learning, but other languages could serve this purpose as well.

I Was Right About Gizmodo
According to Daily Finance, a sister site of Engadget, there was a bidding war over purchasing the iPhone 4G that was supposedly found in a bar.  Engadget was invited to bid, but they say that they aren't in the habit of paying for scoops since it encourages misinformation by tipsters.  Gizmodo however, had no problem with practicing some checkbook journalism.  Daily Finance says Gizmodo paid $5,000 for the story that got them about 2 million page views per hour on the day it was posted.  Now that we know Gizmodo plays dirty, the only question is whether or not the seller was actually commissioned by Apple to leak this technology.  We know that Apple is good at keeping things tightly controlled (like iPhone development), so if they wanted to get Gizmodo's article taken down, they probably could.  Also, Apple could sue them for purchasing stolen goods - no sign of that yet.  Its also quite convenient that a fancy new iPhone surfaced right when tensions over Apple's move against Adobe were flaring.  

Using jQuery The Sexy Way: 7 Great Techniques For a Slick Layout
This blog presents 7 ways to get users 'turned on' to your site.  Thank Noupe for posting this sexy link.
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