21 August 2016
... don't always come up winners. The Gopher protocol predated the World Wide Web; indeed, Tim Berners-Lee used Gopher to promote his new gizmo. Now Gopher, a semi-authorized project of a University of Minnesota computing lab, is all but silent.
09 August 2016
31 July 2016
Brian Hayes gives us a show-and-tell introduction to the Julia programming language an interesting language but not something I'm likely to need in my day job (although my colleagues Nick and Stephen might be interested). One of his peeves is that the compiler does not perform tail-call recursion. Hayes demonstrates why that's a useful feature, and gives an easy example that you could you with any programming language and its ecosystem to detect whether the compiler performs this helpful optimization. However, reading Hayes as a fairly-well indoctrinated O-O programmer, I confess that he lost me when he describes the distinction between multiple dispatch and OOP.