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{ Monthly Archives } December 2017

AROS

I spent the weekend teaching myself some Amiga GUI (Intuition) programming using AROS via the Icaros Desktop distribution, their developer guides, and the Amiga developer CD. It’s a nice enough system to program in that works like most other GUI systems; GUI events are sent to your process as messages that you receive, handle, and […]

Computing’s fundamental Principle of No Learning

I haven’t used Taligent’s frameworks or operating systems directly; what I know of it comes from their documentation and the book Inside Taligent Technology. I put some small effort into finding out whether it’s possible to use the Taligent system legitimately on a modern computer, couldn’t find a way, and didn’t get too sad about […]

Reasoning about reasoning about software

Functional programmers like to claim that you can’t reason about mutable state programs. Some thoughts: the first half of the book A Discipline of Programming by Edsger W. Dijkstra tells you how to do it. That half of the book is approximately 100 pages (the remainder of the book is worked examples). object-oriented programming breaks […]

All the things

It’s been a long time since I had a side project, or one that didn’t get abandoned very early on. I tend to get sidetracked by other thoughts about computing, or think “while I’m doing this, I’m leaving that unsolved” so nothing gets very far. In an attempt to address that, to clear all of […]

Against our values as a company

I’m going to pick on Patreon, not because they’re special, but because they’re typical. Here is a quote from a blog post in which they Back-pedalled a change to their pricing structure: We overstepped our bounds and injected ourselves into that relationship, against our core belief as a business. What I think they want us […]

Falsehoods programmers believe about programming

There is no ethical impact of my job; I build technological systems and it’s up to others how they use them. Software is a purely technical discipline. There is some innate affinity for computer programming which you must be born with, and cannot be taught. Allowing people who are unlike me to program can only […]

Considered harmless

Don’t like a new way of working? Just point out the absurdity of suggesting that the old way was broken: Somehow, the microservices folks have failed to notice all that software that was in fact delivered as monoliths. What the Rust Evangelism Strike Force doesn’t realise is that we’ve spent decades successfully building C programs […]

An unhelpful distinction

Object-Oriented Programming is quite simple: it’s just choosing what function to run based on the parameters to the function (whether through method sending like Smalltalk, polymorphic lookup like CLOS, or table searching like C++: usually pattern-matching like Haskell would be excluded here). Object-Oriented Analysis and Design is the thing where we represent our problem domain, […]