Tuesday, October 11, 2005
Saturday, October 08, 2005
You have three items (call them 'a', 'b' and 'c') that you want to choose any one from without bias. If you had a fair three sided die, you could assign an item to each side of the die, then simply toss the die once and pick the item that it lands on.
However, you don't have such a fair three sided die. Instead, you have a fair two sided coin. Note: 'fair' means 'there is an equal chance of coming up heads or tails'. Can you come up with an algorithm that uses said coin in order to pick any one of those items with equal probability?
Thursday, October 06, 2005
Monday, June 06, 2005
Friday, June 03, 2005
The JBoss Developer Notebook is now listed on O'Reilly's Developer Notebook site and I'm so excited to see it show up there. So cool! All I can think is WOW, it's finally almost here....
Norman Richards who works for JBoss asked if I'd like to write it with him back in October of last year. You may know Norman from his other books, XDoclet in Action and the JBoss 4.0 the Official Guide. Anyway, I had a great time working with Norman. Boy was it a learning experience!
Anyway, I hope it sells really well and I hope that people find it incredibly useful. I know I learned a lot of stuff about my favorite J2EE app server while we wrote it.