Monthly Archives: April 2014

XP Users Permanently Vulnerable to New Internet Explorer Exploit

XP Users Permanenty Vulnerable to New Internet Explorer Exploit

An alarming new vulnerability in Internet Explorer lets cybercrooks bypass essential protections and run malicious code on your computer. Naturally Microsoft will issue a patch, but if you’re still running XP, you won’t get it.



Ryan Seifert‘s insight:

I think we all know at least a couple people who are still on Windows XP. Earlier in April Microsoft dropped support for Windows XP (No April Fools!); and unfortunately shortly thereafter a remote code execution bug was found in Internet Explorer. If upgrading to a new OS is out of the question, browser alternatives such as Firefox and Chrome are not vulnerable to the exploit.

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TDD is dead. Long live testing.

TDD is dead. Long live Testing

The test-first part was a wonderful set of training wheels that taught me how to think about testing at a deeper level, but also some I quickly left behind.

Over the years, the test-first rhetoric got louder and angrier, though. More mean-spirited. And at times I got sucked into that fundamentalist vortex, feeling bad about not following the true gospel. Then I’d try test-first for a few weeks, only to drop it again when it started hurting my designs.


Ryan Seifert‘s insight:

A very interesting post from David Hansson; taking a step back from the TDD process and examining its usefulness.

Having played with a TDD approach on a couple small personal side projects, I initially liked the process; specifically the strong definition of use cases and a confidence that a refactor or change would not cause side effects in other areas. Some of the other areas I did not find nearly as useful and ran into longer development due to having to update classes and the unit tests associated only with those classes.

I’m glad to see people taking objective looks at the process and pointing out some areas we can look to improve it.

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10 completely 3D printed houses appear in Shanghai, built under a day

See on 10 Completely 3D printed houses appear in Shanghai, printed in under a day

A group of 3D printed houses, 200 m2 each, recently appears in Shanghai, China. These building were created entirely out of concrete using a gigantic 3D printer.

Ryan Seifert‘s insight:

Can you download a house? Now you can!


3D printing is making leaps and bounds recently; multi-compound printing and now large structures are exciting new developments. I am excited to see additional ways to provide compounds to printers (perhaps a recycle system to reuse bad or broken output). A standard compound format coupled with the ability to reuse could have these devices repairing and generating household items!

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Microsoft Open Sources C# Compiler

See on Microsoft Open Sources C# Compiler

The .NET Compiler Platform (“Roslyn”) provides open-source C# and Visual Basic compilers with rich code analysis APIs. You can build code analysis tools with the same APIs that Microsoft is using to implement Visual Studio!




Ryan Seifert‘s insight:

Microsoft is on a roll with interesting updates! They just released their C# compiler as open source! This is fantastic news for Mono and Xamarin (Xamarin has been great for mobile device development). I’m looking forward to seeing the improvements in all of the surrounding open source products as they leverage this new viability into the C# compiler.

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