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{ Monthly Archives } August 2015

PL personality theory

An analysis of programmer personality traits inferred from their answer to the question “which is your favourite programming language?” Algol About to re-enact that scene in Jumanji where Robin Williams has a huge beard. Basic Remembers a time when you could code a whole platform game with twenty levels in 6k of RAM. Probably works […]

The paradox of scripting

But how can scripting be dead? There’s bash, and powershell, and ruby, and…even Perl is still popular among sysadmins. There’s never been a better time to be a programmer or other IT professional trying to automate a task. True, but there’s never been a worse time for someone who doesn’t care about computers to use […]

The death of scripting

Back in the day, when programmers knew that they couldn’t possibly think of everything somebody might want to do with a computer, there were scripts. If somebody could find enough of the pieces of the thing that they wanted to do, they might be able to put them together themselves in furtherance of their task. […]