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SICPers podcast episode 10

This episode is all about build systems! Mostly about the problems associated with the venerable ./configure; make; make install process. This expands on a section I wrote in APPropriate Behaviour. The history of UNIX make Why Johnny Can’t Build [portable scientific software] Recursive Make Considered Harmful Non-recursive Make Considered Harmful A Generation Lost in the […]

SICPers podcast episode 9

In this episode I talk about Design by Contract. Episode RSS feed – also available in Apple and Google Podcasts. A Discipline of Programming Go to statement considered harmful Z Notation, and Object-Z CocoaByContract, and JavaByContract CLU Programming Language

Video podcast: Hisoft C for the ZX Spectrum

Episode 6 of the SICPers podcast is over on Youtube. I introduce a C compiler for the Sinclair ZX Spectrum. For American readers, that’s the Timex Sinclair TS2068.

SICPers podcast episode 5

It lives! Kinda. Amiga-Smalltalk now runs on Amiga. Along the way I review The K&R book as a tutorial for C programming, mentioning my previous comparison to the Brad Cox and Bjarne Stroustrup books. I also find out how little I know “C”, it turns out I’ve been using GNU C for the last 20 […]

SICPers podcast episode 4

We’re back to Amiga-Smalltalk today, as the moment when it runs on a real Amiga inches closer. Listen here. Aminet has git, but only for MorphOS. MEmacs is the only text editor you need. HiSOFT, makers of HiSOFT C++ SAS C Compiler. Linked from there is another Amiga C compiler, VBCC, which I don’t currently […]

SICPers Podcast Episode 3

The latest episode of SICPers, in which I muse on what programming 1980s microcomputers taught me about reading code, is now live. Here’s the podcast RSS feed. It is practically impossible to teach good programming to students that have had a prior exposure to BASIC: as potential programmers they are mentally mutilated beyond hope of […]

SICPers Podcast episode two

Episode 2 is live! The only link I promised this week is to the BCHS web application stack. Short for BSD, C, httpd, sqlite, it’s a minimalist approach to making web applications. As ever, your feedback is welcome, here or wherever you find me.

SICPers podcast episode one

I made a podcast! Full show notes here due to the character limit at podbean. Amiga-Smalltalk project on GitHub Free books on Smalltalk: the three Addison-Wesley books “Smalltalk-80: The Interactive Programming Environment”, “Smalltalk-80: The Language and its Implementation” and “Smalltalk-80: Bits of History, Words of Advice” are mentioned in this podcast, and the second of […]