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Overload Journal #108 - April 2012

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Editorial: The Computing Revolution Will Be Televised (Again)
Description : 30 years ago we had to plug our first computers into the TV. Ric Parkin looks at how far we’ve come since then. by Ric Parkin
Category: [ Journal Editorial ]
Why Automatic Differentiation Won’t Cure Your Calculus Blues
Description : We’ve tried and rejected many numerical approaches to differentiation. Richard Harris has one final attempt. by Richard Harris
Category: [ Programming Topics ]
Back to School
Description : The Sinclair ZX Spectrum will be 30 years old in April 2012. Andy Thomas recalls how this plucky little home computer shaped his childhood. by Andy Thomas
Category: [ Programming Topics ]
Valgrind Part 1 – Introduction
Description : Good analysis tools can really help track down problems. Paul Floyd investigates the facilities from a suite of tools. by Paul Floyd
Category: [ Programming Topics ]
Mutation Testing
Description : We all know that testing improves our code, guarding against errors. Filip van Laenen asks how we know that the tests are comprehensive? by Filip van Laenen
Category: [ Programming Topics ]
Unit Testing Compilation Failure
Description : We usually test that our code does what we expect. Pete Barber tries to prove that his code fails to compile. by Pete Barber
Category: [ Programming Topics ]
Refactoring Towards Seams in C++
Description : Breaking dependencies in existing code is hard. Michael Rüegg explains how seams can help and provides new automated refactorings for C++ to achieve them. by Michael Rüegg
Category: [ Programming Topics ]
Compiling a Static Web Site Using the C Preprocessor
Description : Sometimes the obvious way is still too complex. Sergey Ignatchenko relates how ‘No Bugs’ Bunny found an unexpectedly simple approach to creating a web site. by Sergey Ignatchenko
Category: [ Programming Topics ]
A Position on Running Interference in Languages
Description : There is much debate about the merits of different approaches to type systems. Teedy Deigh considers how to make the most of them. by Teedy Deigh