TITLE: Milestones and Nostalgia
AUTHOR: Eugene Wallingford
DATE: November 30, 2004 5:48 PM
DESC: This month ends with fewer posts than usual, but Knowing and Doing is going strong.
November 2004 will enter the books as my least-blogged month
Knowing and Doing
back in July. I'm not all that surprised, given that:
Each of these would cut into my time for blogging on its
own, and together they are a death knell to any free moments.
started Knowing and Doing,
I knew that regular blogging would require strict discipline
and a little luck. Nothing much has changed since then. I
still find the act of writing these articles of great value
to me personally, whether anyone reads them or not. That
some folks do find them useful has been both gratifying and
educational for me. I learn a lot from the e-mails I receive
from Faithful Readers.
I reached the 100-post plateau ten days ago with this
I hope that most of my posts are of more valuable than that!
In any case, reaching 1000 entries will be a real
accomplishment. At my current pace, that will take me three
While on this nostalgic kick, I offer these links as
some obligatory content for you. Both harken back to
- it is the last full month of my semester,
- it follows a month in which I was on the road every
weekend and for a full week at OOPSLA, and
- it contains a 5-day week for Thanksgiving.
- Brian Foote waxes poetic in his inimitable way
about watching undergrads partake in the
rite of initiation
that is a major operating systems project. He
points out that one thing has changed this experience
significantly since he and I went through it thirty
and (can it be?) twenty years ago, respectively: unit
- John O'Conner has a
nice little piece
on generalizing the lesson we all learned -- some of
us long ago, it seems -- about magic numbers in our
code. Now if only we turned all those constants into
methods a lá the
Default Value Method