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June 15th, 2007 - Adventures in Engineering — LiveJournal
The wanderings of a modern ronin.

Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2007-06-15 21:05
  Subject:   An oldie but a goodie: The Tao Of Programming
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In the beginning was the Tao. The Tao gave birth to Space and Time. Therefore Space and Time are Yin and Yang of programming.

Programmers that do not comprehend the Tao are always running out of time and space for their programs. Programmers that comprehend the Tao always have enough time and space to accomplish their goals.

How could it be otherwise?



The Tao gave birth to machine language. Machine language gave birth to the assembler. The assembler gave birth to the compiler. Now there are ten thousand languages.

Each language has its purpose, however humble. Each language expresses the Yin and Yang of software. Each language has its place within the Tao.

But do not program in COBOL if you can avoid it.

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http://www.canonical.org/~kragen/tao-of-programming.html
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Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2007-06-15 22:10
  Subject:   Recommended finite element analysis freeware?
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So, I have a hankering to do some FEA structural analysis on some... components... that I'm thinking about.

I found this page with a great list of free FEA software. I'm just wondering if anybody on the friends list has had any experience with doing FEA and if so had a chance to try out any of these programs. I'm very much the n00b at mechanical engineering, so the easier the better at first. Dynamic and vibratory analysis aren't strictly necessary, but would be nice. Thermal and electrical are not needed. So far I've downloaded and am going to try out LISA, JL Analyzer, APM Structure LV 3D and MyStran. I wanted to try out SolidWorks Express, but it apparently doesn't come with a finite element analyzer that's worth a damn - so screw that hippy crap!
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