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The CodeRanch Journal August 2011

Howdy* from everyone at the Ranch!

(* or from where I come from, "'Ow Do")

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So, what's been going on then?

Blogs and discussions

Over at, Scott Selikoff blogs a review in two parts about the
new Apple operating system, OS X Lion.

You can join in the discussion in the forum.

How would you solve Suduko if you were a computer?

Just in Time vs Ahead of Time compilation

What's the most expressive programming language you've used? Enquiring minds want to know...

Meet the Ranch's new Saloon Keepers

Speaking of saloons, why do people drink beer? You decide...

Book Promotions

We've had plenty in the last month, and more coming soon. Look out for your
chance to ask question of the authors, and maybe win a copy.

Going on right now:

Andrews Almiray and Danno Ferrin go into Griffon in Depth

Sean Owen, Robin Anil, Ted Dunning and Ellen Friedman all talking about
Mahout in Action

And earlier in the month:

Craig Walls talked about Spring in Action

Kevlin Henney told us 97 Things Every Programmer Should Know

Richard Reese prepared some recipes in the EJB 3.1 Cookbook

Recent Book Reviews

(We read them so you don't have to!)

The Python Standard Library by Example (Developer's Library)
[Doug Hellmann]

DTrace: Dynamic Tracing in Oracle Solaris, Mac OS X and FreeBSD
[Brendan Gregg, Jim Mauro]


If you have any feedback about this edition or the Ranch journal in general,
then feel free to open a new thread in our Ranch Office forum

This month's editor is Matthew Brown, a software developer from the UK, working
in higher education. He's been a bartender at the ranch for just a few months,
and it's the first time he's edited the journal - be gentle with him.

All this, and much, much, more, on
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