Blog of Rob Galanakis (@techartistsorg)

Archive for July, 2011

Yeah, we don’t run in debug

Raymond Chen over at The Old New Thing had a few blog posts recently about debug/release build behavior.  I have never figured out why, but it seems an incredibly common standard practice to not run in debug because there are too many errors. The danger of making the chk build...

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The Importance of Vision, 3 of 3

As a small break while I finish my vacation, I’m going to publish my recent post at AltDevBlogADay in three parts.  View it there in its entirety. Not every studio has these problems (I know because I’ve argued with you about this). And I dare say that studios that don’t have...

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The Importance of Vision, 2 of 3

As a small break while I finish my vacation, I’m going to publish my recent post at AltDevBlogADay in three parts.  View it there in its entirety. So how come with Tools and Pipeline we don’t think the same way? There is no Tools Director, so we end up with disparate...

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The Importance of Vision, 1 of 3

As a small break while I finish my vacation, I’m going to publish my recent post at AltDevBlogADay in three parts.  View it there in its entirety. Every ambitious creative endeavor has at its helm a single individual who is responsible for providing the vision for its development. In...

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WTFunctional: Be Declarative

Functional programming is one of the most important developments in programming, but one that has been understandably slow to be adopted and understood by many programmers and tech artists.  Over a few posts, I’m going to try to go into the how and why of using a more functional...

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Learning a programming language by reading a manual is like learning a language by reading a dictionary

A verbal language is more than its grammar and vocabulary.  A programming language is much more than its syntax and keywords. Mastering a language gives you new insights into how people think and changes the way you think.  You cannot learn this through words, you learn this through interacting...

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Compliments to the chef!

My mother tells a story that when she was in her early 20’s, she was the (only) chef in a small Spanish restaurant, in a tiny kitchen with a Mexican dishwasher.  One time, a food critic dined there, and enjoyed his paella so much that he went into the back...

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Cloud Based Pipelines?

Originally posted on AltDevBlogADay: The rest of software is moving into The Cloud, how come we aren’t doing the same with our tools and pipeline? I love the cloud.  Yes, I know it’s a buzz word for not quite revolutionary concepts, but I love it anyway.  I love it...

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I’m on Google+

I’m on Google+, and it is the FIRST social networking site I’ve ever actively participated in. It seems pretty awesome so far, have I been missing this on Facebook all these years? Fine me here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/112207898076601628221/posts//p/pub

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Game Studio Takeover Nightmare Impossible

There’s a sub-genre of reality television that contains shows where experts come into a failing business and implement changes to fix things.  Three of the most well known are Gordon Ramsey’s Kitchen Nightmares, Robert Irvine’s Restaurant Impossible, and Tabatha’s Salon Takeover (totally awesome show, btw).  I’ve wondered what it’d...

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