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
is out (in Matter & Interactions 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...
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