New for Java: Loads of listening, plus functional design patterns redux
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Got an upcoming flight or dreading your date with the treadmill? If your iPod playlist isn't enough to get you over the hump, the Java technical podcasts might fit the bill. We've posted three new interviews to enrich your day:
If a good read is more your speed, don't miss the latest, Functional thinking installment. If you primarily use object-oriented languages, you might starting thinking in design patterns. But design patterns represent just one way to solve problems. Neal Ford continues his discussion of the intersection of design patterns and functional programming. He illustrates solutions to a common problem (incompatible interfaces) that use traditional design patterns, metaprogramming, and functional composition. Each approach has its pros and cons, but by thinking about the solutions' designs, you can gain new ways to view problems.
Next, in my travels this week, I came across an interesting story on the alliance between IBM and ASTRON, the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy. The project, expected to be completed in 2015, will explore the origins of the universe and shine a light on dark energy. Check out this video with the ASTRON team:
Lastly, I have a Twitter account now! (Yeah, I'm a little slow on the uptake.) Follow me @Scithusiast.