· Naughties
· · 2003
· · · May
· · · · 08 (2 entries)

Language Fermentation · If you're a pro­gram­mer, I think you're luck­y, be­cause this is an ex­cit­ing time we're liv­ing in: there's some pow­er­ful in­tel­lec­tu­al fer­ment in progress out there. This may be the gold­en age of pro­gram­ming, as Paul Gra­ham ar­gues, and maybe ev­ery­thing we thought we knew about strong typ­ing is wrong. Here­with a bit of sur­vey­ware with a touch of de­bunk­ing and a prac­ti­cal foot­note on Ja­va ex­cep­tion han­dling. (Warn­ing: geeky.) (Up­date May 9, good feed­back on Ja­va Ex­cep­tion­s.) ...
About as Big as the Web · In re­cent month­s, I've been hav­ing se­ri­ous fun on the job work­ing with OCLC WorldCat data. WorldCat is big - about as big as the We­b, and in some re­spects richer. It is al­so amaz­ing­ly under-utilized (what was the last time you did a large-scale search on any­thing but Google?), and we'd like to fix that. Here­with some notes on who OCLC is, what WorldCat is, and some of the fun we're hav­ing. (Warn­ing: long, and with some pitch­ing for Antarc­ti­ca; but some juicy scree­nies, and in­fo­junkies must read­.) ...
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