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The CodeRanch Journal July 2013

Howdy from everyone at the Ranch!

What's new?

  • We have a new forum on Arduinos
  • We've been quietly giving out cows in the forums for extraordinary posts and posters. Have you noticed them showing up? While only staff can give out cows, anyone can give another post a thumbs up.

  • Blogs and discussions

  • Tim Holloway blogged about his Raspberry Pi
  • Mohammed Sanaulla blogged about Lambdas in Java 8
  • I blogged about Eclipse Kepler
  • We had an extended discussion about how to answer the interview question of how you rate yourself
  • Some creative ways to write hello world

  • Book Promotions and Reviews

    We have a whole bunch of book promotions coming up starting this week. See the book promotion schedule to see how and where you can win a free book.

    We've been lucky and have reviewed three books that received nine horseshoes lately.

  • Core Java, Advanced Features reviewed by Mohammed Sanaulla
  • Python Cookbook reviewed by me
  • A Practical Approach to Large-Scale Agile Development reviewed by Junilu Lacar

  • Our first ever blogging contest

    We had a contest where a panel of moderators choose the winning post from the Blog Around the Campfire forum. As a bit of insight int o our process, we looked at the posts in that forum that had the most "likes."
    And the winner was…. Drumroll please… Scott Shipp was on using an enum to build an extensible Fizz Buzz solution.

    Scott Shipp is a developer from Seattle, Washington usually found creating and maintaining Java enterprise web applications. He blogs at in an attempt to pass on useful and practical tips he has learned from the trenches of his day job. In his spare time, he is a husband and father, and enjoys writing, reading science fiction (Philip K. Dick especially), and playing guitar. 

    What our trailboss has been up to

    It has been 90-100 degrees (30-40 Celsius) all week in NYC. Watering my plants essentially wastes water as it evaporates so fast. It was an interesting day to read about how raised garden beds can function without irrigation something Paul has been actively involved in.


    If you have any feedback about this edition or the Ranch journal in general,
    then feel free to open a new thread in our Ranch Office forum

    About the editor

    Jeanne Boyarsky has been a member of CodeRanch since 2003 and a moderator since 2004. She was involved in the original JForum migration and never stopped coding for the Ranch.

    All this and much, much more on
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