Quicksort Definitive (C++, C#, Java, VB.NET, PHP)

One of the funnest things about being fluent in multiple languages is porting code from one language to another or in my case, porting a piece of code to 6 or 7 languages and allowing any newbie the opportunity to learn algorithms despite their language. It also makes it great to see the differences between languages and some challenges (as we will see with our Java example). On this entry ...

C++ or C#, In the End Does It Even Matter?

This debate rages on and on and really appears to have no end in sight. Everyone tackles this long winded discussion from a different angle and it even gets into verbal attacks between parties. Some quoting one source while another quoting another source when really people have lost the overall picture that programming is meant to solve... providing a solution to a problem. Some languages work better on certain problems ...

Comparators in Java (Prepare to Compare)

Damn! I just can't get that linkedlist to sort! What did I ever do to deserve this? Why god why!!!!!!! Ok, maybe I am being a bit over dramatic and lets face it, I think I have only gotten to the point where God and I were sharing code frustrations only a few times in my entire life. When code is not cooperating and deadlines are looming, you and the ...

Is Newbies Killing the Programming Star?

In the age of information, programming finds itself at the forefront of it all. When you create a new system you have to have the software to drive it. Even if we were to go the way of iRobot you have to have software to give the robots their personality... and of course programmers develop that. If one day machines get their long awaited artificial intelligence, it will be at ...

What is all the “fuzz”ing about?

Fuzz...no not the stuff growing on your vegetables in the fridge but the data kind. Data fuzz is rumored to be behind the successful crack of the iPhone in recent months. However, some people in the industry may have not heard of the term "Data fuzz". So in a short entry I will discuss what it is, how it can relate to blackbox testing and how it can make your ...

Sieve of Eratosthenes in Java / C#

Eratosthenes, what an egg head huh? I wonder if he could have coded his own algorithm in Java or C#. Would he have known what a class, helper method, and a delegate is? The ancient Greeks had the math world pretty much locked up for their time... except that whole world at the center of the universe thing and that the heavens were in perfectly circular orbits. Whoa were ...