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And It All Went Horribly Wrong: Debugging Production Systems

Posted by Bryan Cantrill  on  Mar 29, 2012

Bryan Cantrill discusses debugging production systems using post-mortem debugging and dynamic instrumentation, with a bit of history and an introduction to useful debugging tools.

Effective Use of FindBugs in Large Software Development Efforts

Posted by Bill Pugh  on  Mar 28, 2012 2

William Pugh explains how to use FindBugs, a Java static code analysis tool, to discover bugs. The talk covers general issues regarding code bugs with advice on how to make sure you get rid of them.

Software Quality - You Know It When You See It

Posted by Erik Dörnenburg  on  Mar 21, 2012

Erik Dörnenburg shares techniques for estimating code quality by collecting and analyzing data using the toxicity chart, metrics tree maps, size&complexity pyramid, complexity view, code city, etc.

Software Naturalism - Embracing the Real Behind the Ideal

Posted by Michael Feathers  on  Feb 17, 2012 5

Michael Feathers analyzes real code bases concluding that code is not nearly as beautiful as designers aspire to, discussing the everyday decisions that alter the code bit by bit.

Stop the Software Architecture Erosion

Posted by Bernhard Merkle  on  Sep 16, 2011

Bernhard Merkle advices on preventing architectural degradation of a project by using tools for constant monitoring of the code, exemplifying with an analysis of Ant, Findbugs and Eclipse.

Software Quality – You Know It when You See It

Posted by Erik Dörnenburg  on  Aug 30, 2011 1

Erik Dörnenburg explains how to use various visualization tools to spot patterns, trends and outliers in the code that are an indication of code quality level.

A Crash Course in Modern Hardware

Posted by Cliff Click  on  Jan 12, 2010 17

Cliff Click discusses the Von Neumann architecture, CISC vs RISC, Instruction-Level Parallelism, pipelining, out-of-order dispatch, cache misses, memory performance, and tips to improve performance.

Controlling Your Architecture

Posted by Magnus Robertsson  on  Oct 22, 2009 3

Magnus Robertsson shows how to control the code architecture to avoid an architectural drift leading to a big-ball-of-mud: peer review, code analysis, and zero tolerance to warnings and errors.

Conceptual Algorithms

Posted by Tom Preston-Werner  on  Jan 17, 2009 5

In this talk from RubyFringe, GitHub's Tom Preston-Werner talks about a methodical approach to solving problems and debugging, and the "Deathbed Filter".

JRuby: The Pain of Bringing an Off-Platform Dynamic Language to the JVM

Posted by Charles Nutter  on  Jan 07, 2009 3

Charles Nutter discusses bringing JRuby to the JVM, why Ruby is hard to implement, JIT compilation, precompilation, core Ruby implementation, Java library access, library challenges and future plans.

Ruby.rewrite(Ruby)

Posted by Reginald Braihwaite  on  Dec 04, 2008 4

In this RubyFringe talk, Reginald Braithwaite writes Ruby code to read, write, and rewrite Ruby. Demos include extending Ruby with conditional expressions, call-by-name and more.

Fast Bytecodes for Funny Languages

Posted by Cliff Click  on  Dec 02, 2008

Cliff Click discusses how to optimize generated bytecode for running on the JVM. Click analyzes and reports on several JVM languages and shows several places where they could increase performance.

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