People started to report the arrival of MacBook Air.
Matz discusses the properties of programming languages that are often known as “newbie friendly”. He says there are at least three:
- Flat functions based on procedure;
- Either no means to define a custom data structure is provided nor emphasised;
- Either no means of modulisation is provided nor emphasised
Matz then argues that these properties are an artifact of avoiding abstraction in the design of languages. Therefore, he suggests to improve the understanding of abstraction in programming languages if you want to get out of the newbie level.
Original post: http://www.rubyist.net/~matz/20080204.html#p01
(Experimental) Google translation »
shi3z recalls a chat he had with his friend recently at Tokyo. shi3z explains to his friend that his company has been working hard to build up a knowledge department which gathered information from the worldwide. shi3z looks at abroad for the next five years of his business. With a decade of worldwide business experience, his friend generally agreed with his strategy, but gave him a friendly warning:
We’re not an American.
Learning is one thing, but doing business like Americans is another.
His friend says that the major Japanese companies started their business in a nitch market and grew to a global company. Those companies found a nitch market that had potential to be global. “So, here is the question”, he asks.
Can we find a global nitch market?
Original post: http://blog.so-net.ne.jp/shi3z/2008-02-02
Mostly on the Microsoft-Yahoo marriage:
- mkusunok reminds us that this buying will have a limited impact on Yahoo Japan due to a different business model from Yahoo Inc.
- Furukawa thinks it’s better to use the budget on the R&D at Microsoft, rather than the buying.
- michikaifu looks at the issue from the culture perspective (i.e., Silicon-valley vs. Seattle) which might not be that easy to get along.
- ID:gFRIRR6n0 tells us how she managed to work around when her boyfriend didn’t perform well in their first time.
- ikedanobuo dismisses a best-selling book on personal development as a cheap rewrite of a classic book, and suggests to make an effort of critical thinking if you really want to improve your productivity.
- amachang progresses his understanding on lists and lazy evaluation in Haskell.
Japanese bloggers started to post their views on this huge news. Here are the two of them.
Satoshi predicts that the offer from Microsoft will be accepted by Yahoo! and shareholders should rejoice this move. He argues that while this might not be the best news for the management of Yahoo, they would have a strong pressure from other members of the board.
Satoshi’s main interest, though, appears to be the next move on the Microsoft. How would they manage the important players at Yahoo? Would Microsoft’s culture and position as a software giant affect the Yahoo employees’ motivation under the new management? He says he wouldn’t be surprised to see many people leave the company.
Original post: http://satoshi.blogs.com/life/2008/02/microsoftyahoo.html
Having agreed with satoshi’s post, dankogai wondered why this did not happen earlier. He argues that Yahoo have been avoiding a face-to-face flight with Google too long. While he still thinks Google won’t be affected that much by the two companies together, this cold-war is a healthy state for the search engines industry.
Original post: http://blog.livedoor.jp/dankogai/archives/50995609.html