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This is how it ends / All screwed up and confusing.

Lesson from Programming Solo

I have been working through Benjamin Tan Wei Hao’s The Little Elixir & OTP Guidebook to get a handle on how to think when writing Elixir or Erlang. One of the things I try to do when I’m picking up… Continue Reading →

Preferring “Practicality” over “Purity”

I saw a tweet (or was it a blog post, or was it an article) recently which used the categories of “tinkerer” and “mathematician” to divide up programmers. My recollection of its conclusion was that each type of programmer was… Continue Reading →

“Peopled Out”

“Peopled out” is the term I use when I’m talking to my wife about being profoundly mentally exhausted by being in close proximity to too many people in a distracting environment for too long. At this time of the year… Continue Reading →

Health and Safety at Work etc.

As a youngster in England in 1974, as far as I can remember, I wasn’t much interested in that year’s Health and Safety at Work etc. Act. In those days manufacturing and resource industries seemed to dominate the British economy,… Continue Reading →

Remain in Hell, Without Despair.

It’s a beautiful Sunday afternoon in the Labour Day weekend in Canada. Toronto is quiet as many people are out of town at their “cottages”, though planes from the air show for the CNE sometimes manage to violate the peace…. Continue Reading →

Reasons to be Cheerful, Part 3 — Part 1

Parts one and two of the three reasons are Perl and Ruby, and it’s probably no surprise to anyone who knows me that Elixir is part three! Over the past few weeks I’ve actually been participating in the Elixir world,… Continue Reading →

Elixir’s fun. Surprise, surprise!

“The sound of surprise” was a used by Whitney Balliet, a jazz reviewer, to describe the magical nature of improvisation. I expect that’s where the title of a Bill Bruford’s Earthworks album came from, but before I discovered that the… Continue Reading →

VROOOM VROOOM VROOOM…

What’s new is new again. I find it interesting to hear the “musical drafts” of album tracks to see how material developed, and I love hearing the live rendition of album tracks to see how they can come to life… Continue Reading →

Documentation and “Coincidental vs. Intentional”

Recently I’ve been reading the documentation for the Elixir programming language, in particular the Documentation != Comments section. Like so many other aspects of Elixir, the documentation has picked up good ideas from a number of places and woven them… Continue Reading →

The Joy of Crimson

Last Thursday I was lucky enough to go to the “friends and family” full dress rehearsal show of King Crimson at Palais Montcalm in Quebéc. Not only was the music a delight, but the gig also gave me an insight… Continue Reading →