· Naughties
· · 2007
· · · September
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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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