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October 28, 2005

Kong is King

Being a lord of the rings fan, I have also become a Peter Jackson fan. Now you can see previews etc. about him making his new King Kong epic at KongIsKing.

Posted by Chris at 04:14 PM

October 27, 2005

Interviewing for a Programming Job

I do a lot of technical interviewing for my job. If I was going to give advice to people doing interviews it would be the following.

Read the following three books:

0316778494How Would You Move Mount Fuji? : Microsoft's Cult of the Puzzle -- How the World's Smartest Companies Select the Most Creative Thinkers
William Poundstone

Little, Brown 2004-04-02
Sales Rank : 7510

See details at Amazon
0201756080Algorithms in C, Parts 1-5 (Bundle): Fundamentals, Data Structures, Sorting, Searching, and Graph Algorithms (3rd Edition)
Robert Sedgewick

Addison-Wesley Professional 2001-08-31
Sales Rank : 82661

See details at Amazon
0471383562Programming Interviews Exposed: Secrets to Landing Your Next Job
John Mongan Noah Suojanen

Wiley 2000-05-15
Sales Rank : 1306

See details at Amazon

After you read these books:

Be preparted to write code on the board, discuss quicksort and know how it works, do anything with a linked list or a binary tree someone might ask you, discuss the running times of algorithms.

Have good answers prepared for questions about your background, especially anything that stands out.

Do research on the company where you are interviewing and come in with ideas for how to improve things.

Posted by Chris at 09:36 AM

October 25, 2005

Google entering the DB business?

See John Battelle's post here.

Posted by Chris at 10:35 AM

October 18, 2005

DataPower acquired by IBM

IBM just acquired an XML acceleration hardware company the orginal post is here.

IBM acquired DataPower to help companies improve the performance, security and management of business processes built of reusable, open-standards-based software components, which operate independently from the applications and computing platforms on which they run. This increasingly popular approach, called Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), combines business operations with information technology. According to Gartner, an IT industry research firm, SOA will provide the basis for 80 percent of new software development projects by 2008. IBM plans to introduce a family of SOA appliances based on DataPower technology.

Posted by Chris at 11:06 AM | Comments (0)

October 17, 2005

Feedweaver post

Feedweaver got a little blog mention here. Thanks for taking a look! And a mention here.

Posted by Chris at 04:42 PM | Comments (0)

October 12, 2005

Blog Ads

For a while I have been frustrated with the ads that run on my blog, served by google. So I decided to write my own adserver. It's called feedweaver and you can use it to create custom ad feeds for your blog. You create an ad, tag it, and then subscribe to the tags on your blog. You can add a referral id to your ad (like from amazon's affiliate program) and then when people click on your ad you will make money. You'll notice some of the feeweaver ads run on this blog.

The location is feedweaver , try it out.

Posted by Chris at 04:58 PM | Comments (0)

October 10, 2005

An awesome book

0143034901The Shadow of the Wind
Lucia Graves

Penguin (Non-Classics) 2005-02-01
Sales Rank : 189

See details at Amazon

A really fun read, some mystery, some romance, some suspense, written in a gripping style.

Posted by Chris at 04:05 PM

October 04, 2005

tags and more tags

I use delicious a lot and like tagging but I've been wondering about some enhancements to tags form:

1) Do you ever get frustrated with the way multiple word tags are mashed up together?

It seems weird to me that new york becomes newyork, web 2.0 becomes web2.0, what if tags were input as comma delimited strings instead of spaces. Then we could put in New York, San Francisco, Web 2.0 . It would make creating bigram statistics on tags easier.

2) What about namespaces? It might be nice to have something like xml namespaces in a tag:

like de:post versus journal:post . This would give you a way to disamiguate tags in different contexts and wouldn't be too hard to implement.

3) Since tags are attributes or categories of an item what if they actually were attribute values?

Instead of tagging something as 'green' or 'red' you could do color='red'.

Posted by Chris at 04:19 PM

October 03, 2005

Keep track of web 2.0 technology

eHub is a constantly updated list of web applications, services, resources, blogs or sites with a focus on next generation web (web 2.0), social software, blogging, Ajax, Ruby on Rails, location mapping, open source, folksonomy, design and digital media sharing.

Posted by Chris at 11:25 AM | Comments (0)