Posts Tagged: programming

Search for the XML Superstar

IDUG (the International DB2 Users Group) is sponsoring a worldwide contest initiative called The XML challenge – Search for the xml superstar. This contest aims to recognize developers (students or professionals) that create XML solutions, in one of the following categories: Video, Gadget, Query, PortableApp and XML Contest.

They are offering thousands of dollars in prizes, including Wiis, Zunes, iPods, Conference passes, Notebooks, GPS, etc…

If you live in US, you can submit your Video and Gadget entries until December 16th and 17th, respectively. The XML programming contest has also started and submissions will be accepted till January 31st.

For other countries, keep checking the website xmlchallenge.com for updates on your local contest.

XML Mapping in Ruby

Dear lazy web…

I’ve been playing with Ruby and XML lately, and one of the key features I need to use is XML mapping from XML to Ruby objects and vice versa. However, both ROXML and XML::Mapping do not seem to be very active at the moment. Both forums contain un-replied questions  several months old, and I can’t find any examples that are not a couple of years old.

Is there any XML Mapping library for Ruby that is currently active(*)? XML::Mapping was serving me good enough, until the moment that I needed some of the documented features and found that they are not supported in the current release :-(

 (*) by active I don’t mean it needs to be in exclusively in code development, but at least with some recent activity in forums, documentation, examples, etc..

Ruby declared TIOBE’s Programming Language of 2006

I must confess that I haven’t learned Ruby yet, but its popularity is growing everyday. According to TIOBE’s report for January 2007, Ruby is 10th most popular programming language.

"The TIOBE Programming Community index gives an indication of the popularity of programming
languages. The index is updated once a month. The ratings are based on the world-wide availability of
skilled engineers, courses and third party vendors. The popular search engines Google, MSN, and Yahoo!
are used to calculate the ratings. Observe that the TIOBE index is not about the best programming
language or the language in which most lines of code have been written."

Java is still the most popular language, with C and C++ in the next positions. I found curious the fact that Visual Basic is the 4th most popular porgramming language, ahead of PHP and some other very popular languages like Perl, Javascript and Python. 

Programming Perl

I have finally decided to learn Perl. I like to be constantly learning new programming languages, and I’ve been delaying my Perl introduction for a long long time.
I want to develop a TWiki
plugin to track the progress of our product testing and, since TWiki is
written in Perl, this will be my opportunity to learn and practice the
language.
Besides using some ideas and code from TWiki’s Project Planner Plugin,
I also bought a Perl book, for those moments when I want to really
understand things instead of just copy and paste from the web.
0596000278.01._AA_SCMZZZZZZZ_.jpgI was indecisive between the books "Learning Perl" and "Programming Perl",
and my choice was the second one. Since somebody at work already has
the first one, we can now share our books when needed (we are both Perl
newbies :-)).
The book came from Barnes & Noble, with a 20% company’s discount.