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Postmodern Errors · Today’s fash­ion­able pro­gram­ming lan­guages, in par­tic­u­lar Ruby, Python, and Er­lang, have some­thing in com­mon: re­al­ly lousy er­ror mes­sages. I guess we just got­ta suck it up and deal with it. But to­day I got some­thing re­al­ly, uh, spe­cial from Er­lang ...
The Wide Finder Project · In my Find­ing Things chap­ter of Beau­ti­ful Code, the first com­plete pro­gram is a lit­tle Ru­by script that reads the on­go­ing Apache log­file and fig­ures out which ar­ti­cles have been fetched the most. It’s a clas­sic ex­am­ple of the cul­ture, born in Awk, per­fect­ed in Per­l, of get­ting use­ful work done by com­bin­ing reg­u­lar ex­pres­sions and hash ta­bles. I want to fig­ure out how to write an equiv­a­lent pro­gram that runs fast on mod­ern CPUs with low clock rates but many cores; this is the Wide Fin­der pro­jec­t ...
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