TG #7: Gravatars, Laptop Recommendations and more…

May 4, 2008 – 10:07 pm

This podcast was recorded TWO WEEKS ago! It would have been posted sooner, but I (Craig) am too dumb to use Audacity without corrupting and losing all my data. Pat and I hope you enjoy this show. We’re a little more random and assorted this time around, but really, we’re just responding “to the people”. Everyone keeps telling us, “you’re too focused and serious, it’s like listening to a dirge”. Well anyway, on with the show!

Gravatars
See what all the hype is for yourself at http://www.gravatar.com.

Hungarian Notation
Here is the link for the Simonyi article about hungarian notation: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa260976(VS.60).aspx

Listener Voicemail
Tweak and Geek highly recomment GrandCentral (http://www.grandcentral.com) for all your Internet voicemail needs. And those needs are numerous and necessary!

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  1. 9 Responses to “TG #7: Gravatars, Laptop Recommendations and more…”

  2. If you’re writing code at a low level, where storage type is crucial because you’re interacting with hardware, you _should_ know enough to hide C-like types through typedefs to enhance your code’s portability. Embedding the type in the variable name just means you need to go back and rewrite the code as well, which is just plain dumb.

    If you’re writing code at a high level, you _should_ know about polymorphism and/or interfaces, which purposefully shield well-designed code from the exact types of objects. In this case, you really _can’t_ embed the real type in the variable name, so you shouldn’t.

    In either case, there’s no good use for Hungarian notation, so don’t use it unless it _really_ adds readability to the code..perhaps to make obvious the difference between copying a pointer (pNewObj = pOldObj) and copying an object (newObj = oldObj). The same could be said for checking equality.

    Well-designed code is almost always easily read and understood, regardless of Hungarian Notation, curly brace alignment, or other gimmics. Those should probably be considered “requirements” only when the source code _is_ the product, as it might be if you write libraries or the like.

    So there!

    By Kevin on May 6, 2008

  3. Well said!

    By Craig on May 6, 2008

  4. What’s a laptop “recommedation?” Is that when you make a laptop funny again?

    By Pat on May 7, 2008

  5. I guess our laptops just get funnier and funnier!

    By Craig on May 8, 2008

  6. Ok. I’m trying out the gravatar

    By ShadesOfGrey on May 15, 2008

  7. Do I need to put the link in every posting?

    By ShadesOfGrey on May 15, 2008

  8. Ok sorry for the 3 post. But good podcast, and thanks for the tip on the gravatar

    By ShadesOfGrey on May 15, 2008

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