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It starts at the end of page 4, where Charles Petzold tell’s IT World’s Bob Reselman that he once had a “hot torrid affair” with APL. Isn’t that lovely? And just for the record, I do agree with Mr Petzold’s stance on coding and the “imaginative act”.
Thank you, “Brad” (Who I believe is in Ohio, and perhaps a neighbour of my sister.)
Charles Petzold’s technical writing reflects the evolution of computer programming over the last 20 years, particularly in the Microsoft programming environment. He has influenced more than a generation of computer programmers.
This is why being called disruptive is now a huge compliment. Who got named as the Disruptor #45 this week by Institutional Investor? Our very own Simon Garland. The article’s punch line?
The advent of higher-capacity machines promises to improve efficiency not only by handling more data but also by reducing programming complexity. But such gains are neither easy nor automatic for those who run these R&D races.
This is photo of Simon with Charlie Skelton last winter in NYC. This smile, is the ever polite and indulgent, “DO you really need to point that camera at me on the weekend?”
What if you want to use a big value, like a whole database table or weblog, as a Reactive Demand Programming signal value? This would make it possible to use RDP to orchestrate things like incremental MapReduce pipelines. Here's one weird trick to make it work.In effect, each RDP signal becomes a RESTful server, speaking an HTTP-like […]
[Updated, see comment below]Urbit is some kind of new operating system design thingy, that is kinda hard to categorize.Some interesting design points are:Urbit restricts the number of identities in the system to 232. This means Urbit doesn't have enough identities even for currently living humans. In line with the usual obfuscation going on in Urbit, […]
Hi All! As promised: Babbage’s Analytical Engine, how the heck did it work? If you’re new to this website, you may be only dimly aware of Charles Babbage’s marvellous yet mysterious Analytical Engine, the first design for a real computer from the 1840s. It had programs, memory, cycles, loops, and all sorts of computery things despite…
Greetings long-suffering readers (and new soon-to-be-sufferers)! If you have been feeling deprived of Lovelace & Babbage news for lo these many months, rejoice! as you are in fact soon to find yourself heartily sick of this comic Graphic Novel. Over the next couple of weeks I find myself in little short of a Media Blitz quite enough…