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April 23, 2010 | Volume 7 Issue 16


TOP STORY: Book Review: Advanced Integrated RPG
FEATURED ARTICLE: Will We Be Smarter After Building a Smarter Planet?
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Feature Article - Book Review
Book Review: Advanced Integrated RPG

Isn't it about time somebody told us how to integrate RPG and Java?

joe_plutaWritten by Joe Pluta

Tom Snyder's first foray into RPG programming books, Advanced Integrated RPG, is an auspicious beginning. The book is ostensibly about three specific examples of integration between RPG and Java: accessing Excel spreadsheets, creating PDF documents, and sending email. And while the book presents these topics quite well, it's the larger view of the book that really makes it special.


Feature Article - Analysis
Will We Be Smarter After Building a Smarter Planet?

Common sense and a little skepticism may help protect us from an overreliance on complex analytics.

chris_smithWritten by Chris Smith

The volcanic eruption in Iceland last week has focused attention once again on how unprepared we are when managing technology—as well as managing the world around us. First we fail to predict a volcano that is pushing up from the ground like a teenager's pimple, and then we cancel more than 100,000 airline flights based on what now is claimed to be a flawed computer simulation. What's next?


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