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Linkage 2007.02.20

Feb 20, 2008

Fastest Code?<br/>

Abrash is a world class coder and technical writer, but he’s also not shy about explaining the perils and dangers of our craft, including the biggest problem of all– the one that sits behind the keyboard.

A CEO on Erlang<br/>

Erlang types<br/>

The lack of formally defined structure types is actually not much a problem because of Erlang’s powerful pattern matching features. Rather than indicating an expected type, you define an expected data layout by means of a pattern.

The Black Book<br/>

staircase shelves


Halcyon Days<br/>

I wrote a vector graphics library for the Apple II and first used it to make a few games. In those days, I didn’t design a game so much as see an arcade game and clone it. I wasn’t that interested in playing or designing games. My real love was in writing fast graphics code. It occurred to me that creating tools for others to make games was a way for me to indulge my interest in programming without having to make games.

Robert Tappan Morris<br/>

Dynamic Language Shootout<br/>

All of the languages support compiling down to byte code, but how difficult is it to access code written in the language for Java. Also, since each of the languages are, in some way, a super-set of Java functionality, there needs to be a down-cast to the Java sub-set.

RESTful services in Perl<br/>

Static stinks?<br/>

Joel on Traff-o-Data formats<br/>

With a little bit of digging, I’ll show you how those file formats got so unbelievably complicated, why it doesn’t reflect bad programming on Microsoft’s part, and what you can do to work around it.



Pitching in a Pinch<br/>

Rewriting the DBMS (pdf)<br/>


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