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March 2012


The NOR Machine

by Alexander Demin

Build an assembler and an emulator for a single-instruction CPU and implement a non-trivial algorithm on it, using Ruby as a macro DSL to compile it all.

Scala for the Intrigued

by Venkat Subramaniam

In this seventh installment of his series on Scala, Venkat shows how Scala does pattern matching.

Comparing Java and Scala’s Expressiveness

by Brian Tarbox

Brian converts a Java program to Scala and ponders why the Scala version is so much smaller.

Four Common Pairing Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them

by Zee Spencer

Pairing is hard. Here are some tips to make it easier.


Up Front

by Michael Swaine

Scala, Ruby, Java, machine architecture, pairing, pattern matching, and Daylight Savings Time.

Choice Bits

Drinking from the Twitter firehose.

Meet the Team

Meet Aron Hsaio, development editor and jack of all trades.


Author sightings, upcoming conferences, and other events of note.

Shady Illuminations

by John Shade

John is too laid back to spring forward.

But Wait, There’s More...

Coming attractions and where to go from here.

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