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Code Bubbles — Rethinking the IDE's User Interface 198

kang327 writes "As Java developers we are used to the familiar file-based user interface that is used by all of the major IDEs. A team at Brown University has developed an IDE for Java called Code Bubbles that makes a fairly radical departure from current IDEs — it is based on fragments instead of files. The idea is that you can see many different pieces of code at once. Fragments can form groups, have automatic layout assistance, wrap long lines based on syntax, and exist in a virtual workspace that you can pan. A video shows reading and editing code, opening different kinds of info such as Javadocs, bug reports and notes, annotating and sharing workspaces, and debugging with bubbles. They report on several user studies that show the system increases performance for the tasks studied, and also that professional developers were enthusiastic about using it. There is also a Beta that you can sign up for."

PhD Candidate Talks About the Physics of Space Battles 361

darthvader100 writes "Gizmodo has run an article with some predictions on what future space battles will be like. The author brings up several theories on propulsion (and orbits), weapons (explosives, kinetic and laser), and design. Sounds like the ideal shape for spaceships will be spherical, like the one in the Hitchhiker's Guide movie."

Comment It's not worth it. (Score 1) 372

Getting additional schooling to try and make more money or have a better resume isn't going to work. People with 2 or 3 degrees, post-graduate degrees, don't make more money just for having more degrees. An additional degree may enable you to get a different job, but if the job you want only requires a BS, then don't bother going to school to get an MS. it isn't going to impress anyone. Get a job, get some expereince, and enjoy life. If you like school and you want to stay because of that, do it. If you don't like school, then don't bother with it. I work with guys with MS, BS, PhD, double majors, etc. We get paid on merit, experience, and the type of work we do. Not on the letters after our names.

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