Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Got Developers?

I just received a phone call from a colleague at work asking me if one of us test engineers could help her out with some J2EE XML development gig. The funny thing is no one of us has worked as a developer for years... ok, we still do some programming and scripting to support our testing efforts and play around with some cool stuff in our free time but that hardly makes us experienced software dev guys ;-)

Aparently our company's offshore/outsourcing stragtegy for the last few years has caused that many of our onsite developers have quit their jobs, which leaves the business analysts asking the test guys to develop the software... what a funny world :-)

Friday, March 14, 2008

Rockers ;-)

The company i'm with recently made a partnership deal with those guys:

obviously they rock (sort of) ;-)

Monday, March 03, 2008

Catching up with Ruby 1.9

I finally got the time to play around with Ruby 1.9. It seems like Ruby can handle escaped unicode sequences now (finally! after all the pain we went through dealing with this encoding with Ruby 1.8.x...) :-)

puts "\u00fc"
=> ΓΌ

There have been some improvements regarding the speed. This benchmark went down from 12 sec (with Ruby 1.8.x) to 5 sec on my sweet Mac Mini (1.5 GHz, Core Solo). Ruby 1.9 looks promising so far - maybe i'll keep it in my toolbox.