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  1. Saying Goodbye To Python

    This post is long overdue; this isn’t a declaration of intent (any intent was long ago made real), just my reflection about my own path. I left the Python world a long time ago but I never took a chance to say goodbye.

    While I had moved on from ...

  2. Why Isn’t Programming Futuristic

    If you think someone is asking a rhetorical question, it is usually most interesting to treat it as though it is a legitimate question. Especially if we’re talking about something hard — driving down to underlying assumptions through this questioning process is interesting.

    Applying this to Bret Victor’s talk ...

  3. The overuse of functions

    A programming quandry (related to some thoughts I’ve had on locality):

    The prevailing wisdom says that you should keep your functions small and concise, refactoring and extracting functions as necessary. But this hurts the locality of expectations that I have been thinking about. Consider:

    function updateUserStatus(user) {
      if (user ...
  4. New Blog Software

    Since I want to start blogging again, of course I have to also change my software. That’s just out these things work.

    And to start a new blog I need at least one post, otherwise things are breaky. So of course the first post must be the announcement I ...

  5. Why doctest.js is better than Python’s doctest

    Tue 02 October 2012
    By Admin

    I’ve been trying, not too successfully I’m afraid, to get more people to use doctest.js. There’s probably a few reasons people don’t. They are all wrong! Doctest.js is the best!

    One issue in particular is that people (especially people in my Python-biased circles) are ...

  6. Git-as-sync, not source-control-as-deployment

    Tue 14 February 2012
    By Admin

    I don’t like systems that use git push for deployment (Heroku et al). Why? I do a lot of this:

    $ git push deploy
    ... realize I forgot a domain name ...
    $ git commit -m "fix domain name" -a ; git push deploy
    ... realize I didn't do something right with the database ...
  7. My Unsolicited Advice For PyPy

    Mon 04 April 2011
    By Admin

    I think the most interesting work in programming languages right now is about the runtime, not syntax or even the languages themselves. Which places PyPy in an interesting position, as they have put a great deal of effort into abstracting out the concept of runtime from the language they are ...

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