• 2024-05-27

Empowering Programming Languages

I think, for me, becoming enamored by a programming language requires a sense of empowerment by that language. "Now I can build all the things!" It also requires a certain sense of conceptual unity; it can't be too messy. It also cannot be too low level: it needs the ability to do abstraction. And I need to be actually using it a lot for real world tasks; it can't just be for toy problems. In my developer life there are two languages I have become truly enamored by. Python in 1998 and Rust, a few years ago. I have appreciated other languages but this is more. …

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  • 2024-05-26

Refreshing my Blog Again

I've refreshed my blog again! Let's talk a bit about the history of this blog, and more specifically the technology behind it. I started my blog in January 2005. It's been a while. …

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  • 2022-11-07

Random Rust Impressions

I have been using Rust for some years now for hobby projects. Recently I also had the opportunity to use it professionally for a while. My background is mostly in dynamically typed languages like Python and JavaScript, though I have played with various other languages over the years. I thought I'd share some of my impressions of Rust. …

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  • 2022-08-01

Apilar: An Alife System

I participated in a langjam. I created Apilar, an artificial life system based on a stack-based language.

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  • 2022-01-12

Is premature optimization the root of all evil?

Among programmers there is a saying: premature optimization is the root of all evil. Where did that come from? In what context was it used? Does it still apply? …

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