Conditional logging with minimal cyclomatic complexity

With current logging frameworks, the question is moot Current logging frameworks like slf4j or log4j 2 don’t require guard statements in most cases. They use a parameterized log statement so that an event can be logged unconditionally, but message formatting only occurs if the event is enabled. Message construction is performed as needed by the … Read more

How to develop and test an app that sends emails (without filling someone’s mailbox with test data)? [closed]

I faced the same problem a few weeks ago and wrote this: Windows 7/Vista/XP/2003/2010 compatible dummy SMTP server. Sits in the system tray and does not deliver the received messages. The received messages can be quickly viewed, saved and the source/structure inspected. Useful for testing/debugging software that generates email.

How to calculate distance from a point to a line segment, on a sphere?

Here’s my own solution, based on the idea in ask Dr. Math. I’d be happy to see your feedback. Disclaimer first. This solution is correct for spheres. Earth isn’t a sphere, and the coordinates system (WGS 84) doesn’t assume it’s a sphere. So this is just an approximation, and I can’t really estimate is error. … Read more

Purity vs Referential transparency

If I gather in one place any three theorists of my acquaintance, at least two of them disagree on the meaning of the term “referential transparency.” And when I was a young student, a mentor of mine gave me a paper explaining that even if you consider only the professional literature, the phrase “referentially transparent” … Read more