Drupal and Google's Summer of Code 2006

Once again, Google is sponsoring the Summer of Code, and Drupal will be participating. I forecast Drupal will also once again kick ass with fantastic participation and major new code development, just as we did last year. ;-)

Interested? Read all about it here.

More Scientific Truth in Product Warning Labels

by Susan Hewitt and Edward Subitzky, from The Journal of Irreproducible Results, vol. 36, #1. Reproduced with permission.

As scientists and concerned citizens, we applaud the recent trend towards legislation that requires the prominent placing of warnings on products that present hazards to the general public. Yet we must also offer the the cautionary thought that such warnings, however well-intentioned, merely scratch the surface of what is really necessary in this important area. This is especially true in light of the findings of 20th century physics.

Final Exam

The author of this bit is unknown. It's relatively ancient in Internet time, probably dating from the 1970s or earlier. It's still good for a giggle or two.


Instructions: Read each question carefully. Answer all questions. Time: 4 hours

BIOLOGY: Create life. Estimate the differences in subsequent human culture if this form of life had developed 500 million years earlier, with special attention to its probable effect on the English Parliamentary system. Prove your thesis.

API versus code

It may seem counterintuitive to many programmers that it is better to have poorly implemented code with a solid API design than to have well-implemented code with poor API design.

Do not doubt your code will live on, be reused in other projects, and take on a life of its own. If the API design is good, the code itself can always be refactored to improve its performance. Conversely, if the API design is poor, changes to it require cascading changes to all of the code using it.

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