As we posted
a couple weeks ago, one of our newest sponsors is Safari Books Online, the outfit that offers a digital library of tech books from publishers like O'Reilly, Apress, and Addison-Wesley. As part of Safari's sponsorship, they offered BB readers one month free online access
As mentioned previously, we thought it would also be a hoot to hold a contest based on what you might learn from those books. As a prize, Safari offered up a year of access to the complete Safari Books Online library, a $515 value. So now the contest... In Learning Perl, the authors write the following:
"Though we recommend you write clear code, some people like writing code that's as hard to understand as possible... We don't recommend it for normal coding purposes, but it can be a fun game to write confusing code..."
So in that spirit, we are holding an obfuscated code contest. To enter, come up with a wonderfully obfuscated code snippet that
prints out the phrase "Boing Boing." Post the snippet in the comments thread. Then, we'll pick a winner with the shortest, most elegant, or creative bit of code. The snippets have to be executable!
You have 24 hours from now, after which time we'll lock the comments thread. The winner will be announced here on November 19. Good luck!
Free tech books from Safari Books Online
Where are our petabyte drives? Brian Hayes takes us through the reasons storage is “stuck” in the low terabytes. The tl;dr is that we got such exceptional capacity growth in the late 90s and early 00s we don’t need much more right now, so the focus since then has been on SSDs, networking, interfaces, etc, […]
Amélie Lamont, a former staffer at website-hosting startup Squarespace, writes that she often found herself disregarded and disrespected by her colleagues. One comment in particular, though, set her reeling — and came to exemplify her experiences there.
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You never know when new projects, ideas or opportunities can drop into your lap at a moment’s notice. That may require you to learn a new programming language like Python. Or maybe you need a primer on 3D game development. Or you might realize you could use a serious brush-up on iOS mobile creation.Point is, […]