Scala Compiler Tuning

Scala Compiler Tuning

As my Scala projects go on, I want to share some compiler configuration and tricks with you, which I use on many projects. Some tiny configuration options can greatly improve your code and warn you about things, you would probably never discover.

Understanding Stemmers (Natural Language Processing)

Understanding Stemmers (Natural Language Processing)

I am interested in NLP and have already some experience with Apache Solr. It’s time to dig a little in-deep regarding stemmers. First of all, I was looking for a general definition of what a stemmer is, and I found this one, which IMHO is quite good:

stemmer — an algorithm for removing inflectional and derivational endings in order to reduce word forms to a common stem

If pragmatism raises technical debt, call it oversimplification (rant)

If pragmatism raises technical debt, call it oversimplification (rant)

The word “pragmatism” or “pragmatic” is, in my personal opinion, the most overrated word in agile development. Many people use this as a buzzword without knowing what it means. I hear people saying “He solved that complex problem in half an hour, he’s so pragmatic!” and think for myself “Yeah, but that ‘solution’ probably causes other devs three times more effort than a sustainable solution would take.”