Doddery Fodder

Newsletter: A regular contribution by Frank Wales of interesting trends and articles around a particular theme.

Doddery Fodder: Better late than never

by Frank Wales

I'm sorry I couldn't write sooner, but I've been too busy trying to Get things Done to get anything done.

It's Doddery Fodder...but is it Art?

By Frank Wales

Supplementary Notes[1]

[1] These are like the kitchen of the academic discourse party; they're where all the interesting quips hang out.

Doddery Fodder: Going Over the Limit

By Frank Wales

Does the study of the psychology of programming encompass the psychological burdens of being a programmer? I ask, because the other day I came across what a Java compiler blithely calls an "implementation restriction" which was so unexpected, and so dumb, that I could gleefully have strangled whoever was responsible for taking the decisions that led to it. And I'm quite a restrained person; ask anyone I haven't strangled yet.

Doddery Fodder: Harder to Digest

By Frank Wales

Crossword puzzle solving is now a spectator sport, with computer programmers joining left-handed people in disproportionately high numbers to take part. At least, this is what that relentless purveyor of downbeat news, Failure magazine, reports as part of its coverage of the annual American crossword puzzle tournament. No doubt programmers attend these tournaments to get away from all the XML work they have to do since (as far as I can tell) no-one is writing crosswords in XML yet.

Doddery Fodder

By Frank Wales

One of the easiest ways to convince people that your language has something going for it is to have some sexy example programs to show it off, preferably solving well- known or stereotypical problems. Or, failing that, printing 'Hello world'. Many of the latter programs exist in this ever-growing collection of hundreds of examples in over a hundred different programming languages (which might also be handy for tutorials): www.uni-karlsruhe.de/~uu9r/lang/html/lang.en.html

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