Sometimes I post links here because I think you'll be interested. Sometimes I post them so that I can find them again. Either way, it's useful.
- Lily is a Firefox add-in that lets users create programs visually. It's pretty cool; I'm still wondering why nobody has built a spreadsheet-like interface for creating web mashups yet.
- Review Board is a code review tool that's been getting some attention. I'd like to add review in some form to DrProject one day, so I'd be interested in experience reports.
- Flowing Mail offers 21 ways to visualize your inbox.
- Over at Scientific American, Mitchell Waldrop reports that Web 2.0 could revolutionize science. Or not. You, the reader, get to collaborate with him in writing the article---and only a decade or so after wikis were invented.
- A new edition of Chabay and Sherwood's Matter & Interactions is out (in two volumes). The book uses VPython extensively; if anyone knows of an equally good book on computational biology (all of it, not just genomics), I'd welcome a pointer.
- Over at The Atlantic Monthly, Nicholas Carr wonders if Google is making us stupid. Coincidentally, Garrett and Danziger have just published a study showing that people who utilize instant messaging frequently at work report being interrupted less frequently than non-users.
- Yahoo! has published some reputation management design patterns. Would someone please do this for identity management?
- And in a comment on an earlier post, Gael Varoquaux pointed me at the NumPy documentation wiki, which pulls docstrings out of NumPy source code and creates patches when users make edits. Cool!
- And this just rocks (particularly if you're a wish-I-had-some-talent viz geek). This rocks too (and not only if you're a Python fan).
Now, back to editing an introductory chapter on databases...