Archive for March, 2015

This may be an idiosyncrasy, but I doubt it, because I see too many examples of it in open-source code all the time: I have this strong suspicion that software developers think too holistically. There’s even a rather trenchant and famous cartoon illustrating how a developer loses context with a simple interruption and has to […]

My first impression was , “What a fucking bunch of greybeards.” I went to Beerly Functional, a get-together of down-in-the-trenches programmers who were either using or interested in using Functional Programming, and my first impression upon walking into the room was exactly that: What a bunch of fucking greybeards, myself included. And yet, as I […]

18Mar

Working around the feeling of cheating…

Posted by Elf Sternberg as Uncategorized

This is just going to be random.  Don’t expect it to make sense. The obvious next steps in my Scheme are: Strings. A Common Lisp 22.1.1  compliant hand-written parser, as a prologue to re-writing it in Scheme, where the record objects used in Coglan’s version are replaced with cons list of the various fields being collected. […]

16Mar

They lied to me in university…

Posted by Elf Sternberg as Uncategorized

As revealed last time, my university training was focused on a business degree with a programming minor, the point of which was to prepare me for being a dark programmer in some basement of a bank or other financial institution. There was an actual track for this at my university.  As such, my instructors told me not […]

15Mar

Paying my dues, Studying the masters…

Posted by Elf Sternberg as programming

I sometimes give the impression that I’m an excellent programmer, and to the extent that I’m empowered to code within my narrow little specialty, web-based interfaces for industrial and enterprise users, I’m comfortable saying I’m one of the best.  It’s pretty much all I’ve done for the past 15 years: Isilon, Spiral Genetics, and now Splunk […]


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