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Don Syme: Geek of the Week

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It came as a surprise to many of us when Microsoft pulled from it's hat a rabbit in the form of an exciting, radical, language that offers an effective alternative to the Object-oriented orthodoxy. The creative force behind this language, F#, turns out to be a brilliant Cambridge-based Australian called Don Syme, already well known for his work on generics in .NET. F# has taken the specialised power of ML and OCaml and developed a versatile general-purpose .NET language. We sent Richard Morris across the road to investigate.

2010-02-05

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Interview with the Scary DBA – Grant Fritchey

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With Halloween so near, we thought it would be a good time to find out more about the so-called Scary DBA, Grant Fritchey, who's been working in IT for 20 years now. He writes for SQL Server Central, Simple-Talk and SQL Server Standard, and was awarded MVP status earlier this year. We sent Richard Morris to meet him.

2009-11-19

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Richard Stallman: Geek of the Week

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Many famous geeks work away at their programs without considering the wider implications of what they, and others, are doing. Richard Stallman isn't like that. Richard (rms) is one of the great brains behind Linux distros, as he wrote the GNU compilers and GNU debugger. He is driven by strong opinions about the nature of free software, and the restrictive nature of software copyright. We sent our intrepid reporter, Richard Morris, to find out if Richard Stallman really required journalists to read parts of the GNU philosophy before an interview, for "efficiency's sake".

2009-08-07

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Get into the Top Ten Percent

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When you start applying for jobs, and face competition from other candidates, who do you think gets the interview? Is it the middle 50%? The bottom 20%? I bet you're thinking the top 5-10 candidates are granted interviews, which in today's world...

2009-07-24

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Gail Shaw: Geek of the Week

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Gail Shaw, the fabled 'gilamonster', earned her MVP and the gratitude of a host of SQL Server professionals seeking technical help with her expert forum posts on SQLServerCentral. She brings great enthusiasm to everything she does, and has a huge influence on the communities she joins.

2009-03-25

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