A couple of noteworthy links

It’s bit of a link roundup from the past couple of months. Most of you probably saw these already as I’d think you’re probably reading the same blogs.

C++ links

VS2010 SP1 Beta: What’s in it for C++ developers. While I’m not going to chance installing the beta on my main developer workstation, it looks like there are some interesting features in the service pack. I hope that the IDE stability has also been improved.

Grr… My VC++ Project Is Building Slower in VS2010. What Do I Do Now? (A Step by Step Guide): A good guide showing what to look for when VS2010 builds appear to be slower than VS2008 builds of the same project.

Emacs

Making CamelCase readable with glasses-mode – I’m not a big fan of CamelCase, but I must say this minor mode makes a big difference in readability.

General programming links

Give your programmers professional tools – just too true. I’m extremely lucky that a lot of the companies I worked for including my current employer do recognise that your average developer has different needs than someone working with, say, spreadsheets all day long but some of the hand-me-down boxes with small slow harddrives and slow processors that were inflicted on some dev teams I worked in were definitely putting the brakes on productivity.

A couple of interesting blog posts…

A couple of links to other people’s interesting posts I’ve come across in the last few days.

Raymond Chen on “There is no law that says meetings can’t end early”. I wish more people would take this advice to heart, but that’s been on my Christmas wishlist right next to “create an agenda for a meeting and stick to it”.

Interesting blog post regarding the difference between technology for technology’s sake and using technology to create something. For the record, I tend to be more interested in doing something with my technology “toys” rather than having them purely for having them. That’s probably one of the reasons that I tend not to have the latest, greatest and fastest machines (or phones, cameras etc) but rather buy quality kit and use it for a few years instead.

Do programmers still buy printed books? I know I do, but I’m getting a little more choosy. I’ve bought a couple of books recently that I’d classify more as a waste of a perfectly good tree. That’s unfortunately not unusual for tech books, there are a couple of brilliant ones out there and an awful lot of, how shall I call it, rubbish. I’m also one of those throwbacks to an earlier age who prefer to hold a physical book in their hands rather than stare at a screen. The reason Antonio mentions – switching between book reading mode and computing mode – certainly has something to do with it; after all, if you’re immersed in a book you probably don’t check your email every thirty seconds whereas I’d be tempted to do that if I were to read the book on a computer. Reading on the iPhone is something I’d rather not do, my eyesight is bad enough as it is…

Antonio’s book list his previous blog post also looks very much like I should update my Amazon wish list.