Archive for September, 2005

Standardize!

September 27, 2005

It might be clear already that I favor using standard protocols and methods. It makes my work-life so much easier.

A tip for the standardization category: The Web Standards Project. A movement advocating the use of webstandards in technology.

webstandards.org:

The Web Standards Project is a grassroots coalition fighting for standards that ensure simple, affordable access to web technologies for all.

Zope3 behind Apache: .htaccess configuration

September 20, 2005

You can add the following to the .htaccess of the domain you want Zope3 to reside behind.

/httpdocs/.htaccess:
RewriteEngine On
RewriteBase /
RewriteRule ^(.*) \
  http://localhost:8080/++vh++http:%{SERVER_NAME}:80/++/$1 [P,L]

It is almost literally a copy of example 17.3.2 from Philipp von Weitershausen's book. The only 2 differences are the RewriteBase line and the fact that it's in a .htaccess and not in apache2-rewrite.conf.

PS - I'm still wondering when the demo section will go live.

Nine women cannot have a baby in one month

September 16, 2005

“Adding manpower to a late software project makes it later”

– Fred Brooks

The baby analogy is not quite right. The thing is, a project’s timeframe can be influenced. Conceiving a healthy baby cannot. It is a funny metaphore though.

Maybe it would be better to state that

“Nine midwifes cannot deliver your baby in one month”

Found at Wikipedia Wikipedia

Debugging

September 12, 2005

“If debugging is the process of removing bugs, then programming must be the process of putting them in.”

– E. W. Dykstra

First found in Unit Testing Zope (PDF) by Stefan H. Holek.

Holek:

“We tend to think about software errors as “bugs” that just crawl into our finely crafted code. [...] It’s not that way!”

The Don’t Repeat Yourself principle

September 8, 2005

Just a quick tip for those who still lack the habit of reusing.

The DRY principle: “Every piece of knowledge must have a single, unambiguous, authoritative representation within a system.”

As with most things one would consider good practice. In reality, it is often not practiced.

Het Financieele Dagblad

September 1, 2005

Yes!

Online access using my office subscription to Het Financieele Dagblad.

logo financieel dagblad

I like it when good things come cheap.


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