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T h e . C o d e R a n c h . J o u r n a l

December 2014 Edition

Howdy from all the CodeRanch staff, and welcome to the December edition of the CodeRanch Journal.

I n t e r e s t i n g . C o d e R a n c h . F o r u m . P o s t s


  • One of our volunteer staff spent over two weeks helping a CodeRanch member with implementing a vending machine application. Excellent guidance in the use of Test Driven Development to drive a design resulted in some in depth discussion and inspection of the requirements and implementation. http://www.coderanch.com/t/643124/design/implement-vending-application



  • Our readers were introduced to a 'Java performance booster' that was written by one of our members, which certainly sparked some interest and many questions. http://www.coderanch.com/t/644114/java/java/Easy-Java-performance-booster



  • A whole bunch of proud members let us know that they passed Java Certifications this month in our Certification Results forum http://www.coderanch.com/forums/f-44/sr



  • A question about the readability of two functionally equivalent Scala functions was met with mixed opintions but resulted in some good suggestions http://www.coderanch.com/t/643981/Scala/readable



  • And finally: One of the CodeRanch Marshals thinks he's solved the mystery of Santa. Legit or Meaningless Drivel? You be the judge http://www.coderanch.com/t/643662/md/mystery-Santa-solved


  • B o o k . P r o m o t i o n s . & . W i n n e r s

    There's a book promotion just about every week at CodeRanch http://www.coderanch.com/how-to/java/BookPromotions. Just ask a question in the appropriate forum and you're eligible to win a copy of the book.

    Our recent book promotions and their winners can be found below:


  • Re-Engineering Legacy Software - http://www.coderanch.com/t/643636/patterns/Winners-Engineering-Legacy-Software



  • Soft Skills - http://www.coderanch.com/t/643920/Jobs/careers/Winners-Soft-Skills


  • B o o k . R e v i e w s

    We have a dedicated forum for book reivews (http://www.coderanch.com/forums/f-49/Book-Reviews). This month our Moderators have reviewed the following books.


  • The Decline and Fall of IBM: End of an American Icon? http://www.coderanch.com/t/643684/Book-Reviews/Decline-Fall-IBM-American-Icon



  • Learning Agile: Understanding Scrum, XP, Lean, and Kanban http://www.coderanch.com/t/643686/Book-Reviews/Learning-Agile-Understanding-Scrum-XP


  • B u n k h o u s e . L o u n g e . B o o k . C l u b

    Every month we pick a book to read and talk about in the Bunkhouse Lounge http://www.coderanch.com/forums/f-149/Bunkhouse-Lounge. Here's what we've been reading


  • December : Secrets of the JavaScript Ninja http://www.coderanch.com/t/643117/Bunkhouse-Lounge/Book-Club-December-Secrets-JavaScript



  • January : Pragmatic Thinking and Learning http://www.coderanch.com/t/644250/Bunkhouse-Lounge/Book-Club-January-Pragmatic-Thinking



  • February : ??? - We haven't decided yet. Have a suggestion? Add it to the pool http://www.coderanch.com/t/644249/Bunkhouse-Lounge/Book-Club-Schedule-Add-suggestion


  • T h i s . M o n t h ' s . E d i t o r

    Tim Cooke (http://www.coderanch.com/u/168427/Tim-Cooke) has been programming for a living for the best part of a decade, and a lot longer before that just for fun. When he's not writing software for the largest Derivatives Exchange in the World, you can usually find him around the forums with a cup of Tea in hand and his feet up.

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