Archive for September, 2008

Pit your programming language against the rest!

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

While looking around for benchmarks on the languages I like best (which already tell you that benchmarks are a farce, right?), I came across two interesting websites. So interesting in fact, I’m going to share them with you.

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A nifty way to define runtime data in ABAP

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

You may be familiar with the CREATE DATA statement in ABAP, which allows you to create data in a program by specifying the name of the type at runtime. What you may not be familiar with, is the concept of absolute type names in ABAP.

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Getting into BSD

Monday, September 29th, 2008

One of the advantages of having upgraded to a zippy PC is that I have enough memory and processing power to play around with different OSs in a VM. Recently, I have been toying with the BSD family.

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Running Ubuntu 8.04.1 Server on XP with VirtualBox – Part 1

Friday, September 19th, 2008

Not only does running your own Linux Server make you feel like a big man, but like having a towel in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, it will make everyone else think you’re a hoopy frood. Moreover, it’s a great way to learn Unix on the side. In this first installment of a two-part series, I will show you how to install Ubuntu Server in VirtualBox on a Windows XP system.

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Input umlaut characters in Ubuntu (well, Gnome really)

Sunday, September 14th, 2008

One of my gripes when I switched to Ubuntu Linux was not being unable to input umlaut characters as I was used to doing in Windows. Being German-speaking and corresponding frequently in German, I resigned myself to using combinations of ‘a/o/u’ with ‘e’ (e.g. “Gefuehle”), which is also acceptable but not satisfactory to that little bit of built-in German perfectionism :-) No more! It’s simple in U!

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