Memory Usage via Task Manager

Ever wondered which columns in Task Manager mean “memory in use”? I stumbled over a simple, clear definition (finally): “Memory usage” = working set “Virtual memory” = committed memory First time I ever found a simple definition, and I (like many) have used Task Manager for years. Understanding is a good thing. Technorati : Memory…

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Exploding Software-Engineering Myths

Microsoft Research Redmond did an empirical study of software-development processes, providing some quantitative analysis of some common beliefs about software development. The article’s an interesting read, but I’ll summarize the key findings: Code Coverage: More isn’t always better – “given constraints, it is more beneficial to achieve higher code coverage of more complex code than…

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Detect Windows in Ruby

The proper way, so they say: require ‘rbconfig’ WINDOZE = Config::CONFIG[‘host_os’] =~ /mswin|mingw/ Sigh. Makes one yearn for Python. Even 1.5…

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