Open Source BPM Hits the Mark – Whitepaper [PDF]

Download this complimentary whitepaper to learn about the challenges faced by application development teams today, and how developers can benefit most from open source BPM solutions.
You can download the Whitepaper as a PDF if you’re interested.

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Empirical Study On How C Devs Use Goto In Practice Says “Not Harmful”

Edsger Dijkstra famously opined in 1968 on the danger of GOTO statements. Mei Nagappan writes with a mellower view, nearly 50 years later:

By qualitatively and quantitatively analyzing a statistically valid random sample from almost 2 million C files and 11K+ projects, we find that developers limit themselves to using goto appropriately in most cases, and not in an unrestricted manner like Dijkstra feared, thus suggesting that goto does not appear to be harmful in practice.

(Here’s the preprint (PDF) linked from above abstract.)

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Your Java Code Is Mostly Fluff, New Research Finds

In a new paper (PDF), researchers from the University of California, Davis, Southeast University in China, and University College London theorized that, just as with natural languages, some — and probably, most — written code isn’t necessary to convey the point of what it does. The code and data used in the study are available for download from Bitbucket. But here’s the bottom line: Only about 5% of written Java code captures the core functionality.

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Nim Programming Language Gaining Traction

Nim is a young, statically typed programming language that has been getting more attention recently. See these articles for an introduction: What is special about Nim?, What makes Nim practical? and How I Start: Nim. The language offers a syntax inspired by Python and Pascal, great performance and C interfacing, and powerful metaprogramming capabilities. The author of “Unix in Rust” just abandoned Rust in favor of Nim and some early-adopter companies are starting to use it as well.

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Alan Turing’s Notes Found After Being Used As Insulation At Bletchley Park

In 2013, a restoration project for Hut 6 of Bletchley Park uncovered a collection of papers being used as roof insulation. The papers were frozen to preserve them while they were inspected and repaired. Now they’re on display at an exhibition showing items found during the restoration process. “The documents also included the only known examples of Banbury sheets, a technique devised by [Turing] to accelerate the process of decrypting Nazi messages. No other examples have ever been found. All the findings are unique as all documentary evidence from the code breaking process was supposed to be destroyed under wartime security rules.”

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Learn Gate-Array Programming in Python and Software-Defined Radio

Chris Testa KB2BMH taught a class on gate-array programming the SmartFusion chip, a Linux system and programmable gate-array on a single chip, using MyHDL, the Python Hardware Design Language to implement a software-defined radio transceiver. Watch all 4 sessions: 1, 2, 3, 4. And get the slides and code. Chris’s Whitebox hardware design implementing an FCC-legal 50-1000 MHz software-defined transceiver in Open Hardware and Open Source, will be available in a few months. Here’s an Overview of Whitebox and HT of the Future. Slashdot readers funded this video and videos of the entire TAPR conference. Thanks!

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Red Hat Engineer Improves Math Performance in Glibc

A wonderful Whitepaper entitled "Worst Cases for Correct Rounding of the Elementary Functions in Double Precision" (PDF) has been released. This has prompted Siddhesh Poyarekar from Red Hat to take a professional look into the mathematical functions found in GlibC (the GNU C library.) He has been able to provide an 8-times performance improvement to slowest path of pow() function. Other transcendentals got similar improvements since the fixes were mostly in the generic multiple precision code. These improvements already went into glibc-2.18 upstream. Siddhesh believes that a lot of the low hanging fruit has now been picked, but that this is definitely not the end of the road for improvements in the multiple precision performance. There are other more complicated improvements, like the limitation of worst case precision for exp() and log() functions, based on the results of the paper.

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How Is Reactive Different from Procedural Programming?

A recent post on Reactive Programming triggered discussions about what is and isn’t considered Reactive Logic. In fact, many have already discovered that Reactive Programming can help improve quality and transparency, reduce programming time and decrease maintenance. But for others, it raises questions like: How does Reactive differ from conventional event-oriented programming? Isn’t Reactive just another form of triggers? What kind of an improvement in coding can you expect using Reactive and why? So to help clear things up, columnist and Espresso Logic CTO Val Huber offers a real-life example that he claims will show the power and long-term advantages Reactive offers. ‘In this scenario, we’ll compare what it takes to implement business logic using Reactive Programming versus two different conventional procedural Programming models: Java with Hibernate and MySQL triggers,’ he writes. ‘In conclusion, Reactive appears to be a very promising technology for reducing delivery times, while improving system quality. And no doubt this discussion may raise other questions on extensibility and performance for Reactive Programming.’ Do you agree?

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JavaScript Conquers the Server – 5 Leading JavaScript Servers Compared

InfoWorld’s Peter Wayner test-drives five leading JavaScript servers and finds the results compelling though still a work-in-progress. ‘I enjoyed the challenge and stimulation of rethinking everything I know about the server, but I still found myself hesitant to push these new ideas too far or too fast. The speed of experimentation and development is heady and exciting to the open source crowd, but it will probably seem scary to corporate developers who like the long, stable lives of tools from Microsoft or Oracle. Some of these platforms will probably morph three or four times over the next few years, something that won’t happen to the good, old JSP standard in the Java world,’ Wayner writes in review of Node.js, Jaxer, EJScript, RingoJS, and AppengineJS.

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13 Essential Programming Tools for the Mobile Web

Infoworld has an absolutely wonderful article up, entitled “13 Essential Programming Tools for the Mobile Web” (a must read for any [mobile] web developer!) It includes things like jQuery Mobile, ChocolateChip-UI, Mobl and many other languages, APIs & Frameworks that GREATLY ease the work of developing Web Apps for use on/in Mobile Browsers…

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