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Programming

Remote Programming

From the BBC:

Wanted: 12 programmers to live on a remote tropical island for two months to do nothing but write code.

Applicants are being sought for the coding jamboree that will take place on an as yet un-named island.

Those applying will have to submit a proposal explaining what they will work on during the hackathon.

They will also have to complete a psychological evaluation to show they can live in harmony with other coders for the duration of the event.

Part of me thinks this would be a pretty cool way to just focus on whatever project you’re doing. Another part of me thinks island fever would set in after a few weeks. It’s one thing to not be distracted for a large chunk of the day. It’s another thing to pretty much remove yourself from it all for 2 months.

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Programming

The Programmer’s Curse

It's Alive

Programmer’s Curse [proh-gram-er-s kurs] – When a professional programmer sees a problem they think “I can solve this by implementing ________”. They then go on to build something in a manner similar to a mad scientist in an old sci-fi movie.

It’s often associated with eccentric behavior, ingestion of caffinated beverages, late nights and repeated cursing during debugging because it’s “so close”.

Screen capture from the awesome Young Frankenstein

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Funny Programming

Great Programming Book Review

I’m pretty sure this is just a joke…

Best Programming Book Review

Via: @LeeCash

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Photo A Day 2011

Project 365 Week 42

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Programming

On Dennis Ritchie

The past week there has been a ton of recognition for the contributions Steve Jobs had made to computing and society through his work. Steve Jobs was a household name. Dennis Ritchie however was not a household name. Despite this his work was amazingly influential on almost every aspect of our daily lives either directly or indirectly. Everything from the computer I wrote this blog post on to the server sending you this blog post involved his work.

Rob Pike best eulogized his work, copied below for posterity. An amazing legacy.

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Programming

Budget Calculator Dice

When I was in High School somehow dice became popular for the 2000th time since the dawn of humanity. For some strange reason I felt the desire to build a little dice game in my TI 83 calculator in TI-BASIC. I had long forgotten about this, and recently stumbled upon it. I transcribed it to my computer recently since I don’t have one of those cables and decided to just throw it out there on the web.

Looking back on it, I could have written this a lot better 😉 . Regardless it’s a fun trip down memory lane. I believe I wrote most of this little gem while lifeguarding on a Sunday morning. Nobody drowned in the production of this code, I swear.

My favorite part may be the about text “DEPRIVING A VILLAGE SOMEWHERE OF AN IDIOT”. Someone at some point somewhere said that about me, and it stuck for years.

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Programming

The Programmer, Like The Poet

So poetic in itself…

The programmer, like the poet, works only slightly removed from pure thought-stuff. He builds his castles in the air, from air, creating by exertion of the imagination. Few media of creation are so flexible, so easy to polish and rework, so readily capable of realizing grand conceptual structures.

– Fredrick P. Brooks, The Mythical Man-Month (Ch. 1)

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Mozilla Programming Rants

Object-Oriented Masturbation