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T h e . C o d e R a n c h . J o u r n a l

December 2014 Edition

Howdy from all the CodeRanch staff, and welcome to the December edition of the CodeRanch Journal.

I n t e r e s t i n g . C o d e R a n c h . F o r u m . P o s t s

  • One of our volunteer staff spent over two weeks helping a CodeRanch member with implementing a vending machine application. Excellent guidance in the use of Test Driven Development to drive a design resulted in some in depth discussion and inspection of the requirements and implementation.

  • Our readers were introduced to a 'Java performance booster' that was written by one of our members, which certainly sparked some interest and many questions.

  • A whole bunch of proud members let us know that they passed Java Certifications this month in our Certification Results forum

  • A question about the readability of two functionally equivalent Scala functions was met with mixed opintions but resulted in some good suggestions

  • And finally: One of the CodeRanch Marshals thinks he's solved the mystery of Santa. Legit or Meaningless Drivel? You be the judge

  • B o o k . P r o m o t i o n s . & . W i n n e r s

    There's a book promotion just about every week at CodeRanch Just ask a question in the appropriate forum and you're eligible to win a copy of the book.

    Our recent book promotions and their winners can be found below:

  • Re-Engineering Legacy Software -

  • Soft Skills -

  • B o o k . R e v i e w s

    We have a dedicated forum for book reivews ( This month our Moderators have reviewed the following books.

  • The Decline and Fall of IBM: End of an American Icon?

  • Learning Agile: Understanding Scrum, XP, Lean, and Kanban

  • B u n k h o u s e . L o u n g e . B o o k . C l u b

    Every month we pick a book to read and talk about in the Bunkhouse Lounge Here's what we've been reading

  • December : Secrets of the JavaScript Ninja

  • January : Pragmatic Thinking and Learning

  • February : ??? - We haven't decided yet. Have a suggestion? Add it to the pool

  • T h i s . M o n t h ' s . E d i t o r

    Tim Cooke ( has been programming for a living for the best part of a decade, and a lot longer before that just for fun. When he's not writing software for the largest Derivatives Exchange in the World, you can usually find him around the forums with a cup of Tea in hand and his feet up.

    S u g g e s t i o n s / F e e d b a c k

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