On December 19, 1871, Mark Twain received the first of his three patents for suspenders.
And that’s not even the most exciting news we have for you this month!
Paul Callaghan is back this month with another meaty article on the Haskell language. The special twist this time around is that he’s showing examples of Web programming in Haskell, and along the way introduces Fay, which is Haskell’s answer to CoffeeScript.
We’re launching a new department this month on productivity. The focus is on the Pomodoro Technique, and Matthias Günther will take us along with him as he tries to become a Self-Certified Pomodoro Master. You might think that sounds like a made-up title, and you’d be right. Matthias figures that, since the technique is a self-help technique for getting organized, you ought to be able to self-certify as a master in the technique. Just so you know it’s all right, Matthias met Francesco Cirillo, the inventor of the technique, and Francesco thought it was a great idea.
Jesse Anderson has some advice for anyone shepherding their company onto the cloud. You can run into resistance from a lot of sources, and Jesse shows you the right approach for overcoming resistance to a cloud move for every likely source.
Brian Tarbox changed jobs recently, going from a really, really big company to a really small startup. He’s had to rethink everything he thought he knew about agile development, and he shares the insights he picked up in the process.
Commodore International and its founder, Jack Tramiel, were hugely important in the history of the personal computer. Remember the Commodore 64? Then you might want to follow me down memory lane in a little tribute article to Jack and what Jack built.
The other regular features are here, of course, and John Shade tells you that all he wants for Christmas is—no, not suspenders. Good guess, but that’s not it. What John wants but won’t get is a 3D printer. And then he tells you all the reasons you should be very, very worried about 3D printing.