Archive for Programming

Updating Orca/C using opus-extractor (GoldenGate)

Golden Gate is the software that I wish I were smart enough and/or had enough time to make myself. It is an emulation layer for the Apple IIgs that runs on modern operating systems. With it you can run command-line Apple IIgs programs (like Orca/C) on a Windows computer, for example.

Orca/C itself is experiencing a resurgence, in that the original developer released its source code. Now there is an active group of developers updating it, adding new features and fixing old bugs.

From the Golden Gate website:

One unanticipated use is installing ORCA/C updates, since they also follow the standard ORCA layout.

opus-extractor --verbose --source=/ ORCAC.220B3.2mg

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Oracle to set tiers for Java VM

The Register reports that Oracle is splitting the Java Virtual Machine into two tiers, a free one and a paid “premium” one. This is a natural progression of Oracle’s strategy to monetize the major assets of its Sun Microsystems acquisition.

While paying for a (presumably) faster or more feature-full JVM is no problem for large development companies, as a small business developer, I am glad most of my development projects use truly open and/or free languages, including Python, C++, and C#.

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Top 25 Programming Mistakes.

Mitre has published the top 25 programming mistakes that lead to security breaches.

Cross-site scripting is number one, with SQL Injection and buffer overflow following.

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