I’m building a pull-down-menu navigation for the rajiv.com site using the Google Web Toolkit (GWT) and I’m impressed by this Google product.
What’s also great is that the generated HTML pages are clean and nicely documented using comments, all automatically done by GWT.
Java programmers should welcome GWT since it gives them the ability to create rich dynamic HTML functionality in the robust environment they are familiar with. You can view the Java source code here.
I just completed Freakonomics
by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner
and found it an interesting book. (I listened to the unabridged audio book edition.)
This is a book written for the mass market written in a sensationalist style. If you are looking to learn about economics or are looking for facts proven by rigorous scientific study, this is not the book. However, what I liked about this book is its rogue approach of making almost heretic claims against established wisdom.
Whether you find the viewpoints the authors and collaborators of this book present to be believable or not, we do learn something important from reading this book: Conventional, established wisdom isn’t always gospel and needs to be challenged at appropriate times.
Parts of the book, especially the Chicago gang stories from the sociologist Sudhir Venkatesh are gripping like a novel. You will enjoy reading it. I recommend reading it.
I enjoyed the book Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell. (I listened to the unabridged audio book edition.)
The book is insightful and makes you think about thinking. Since childhood I’ve believed that intuition and emotions are the result of our minds doing subconscious analysis. The book does a good job of describing the benefits and perils of people’s split decisions and reactions.