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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, […]
Today (assuming I write this post quickly enough, Greenwich Mean Time) is the one-year anniversary of the publication of The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage. So it is extra-gobsmackingly amazing to be able to announce that is has been nominated for two Eisner Awards: Best New Graphic Album and Best Writer/Artist. It’s fairly obvious…
It’s Ada Lovelace’s 200th birthday! I’ve spent the last couple of days at the truly extraordinary concatenation of gigantic intellects, Byron scholars and mathematics professors, computer scientists and composers, that was the Oxford Ada Lovelace Symposium. A fuller report to come when I’ve recovered from all the emotions and the Balliol dinner but you can…