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Links 1 through 10 of 66 by Nik Silver tagged programming

A comparison of writing internal DSLs, with RSpec and ScalaTest as case studies.

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"I think I now understand Monads, and if what I said above is true now I should be able to teach them to others."

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"In De­cem­ber, I posted about my early thoughts on Scala after using it for a short time. Ini­tially, I thought that using Scala didn’t buy very much – the func­tional style could be adopted in in Java, and the syntax and li­braries could be ugly. Since that time, I’ve been using Scala almost ex­clu­sively, and I wish to revise my view: Scala is awesome."

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"For [my] research I wanted to test the frequently cited claim by proponents of dynamically typed programming languages that static typing was not needed for detecting bugs in programs. [...] The results of this experiment indicate that unit testing is not an adequate replacement for static typing for defect detection."

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"I can hack/design for hours without even knowing it while listening to Kap Slap."

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Sweet and clever: "Last Sunday, I taught six kids of ages 5 to 7 how to program. [...] The game works as follows: every kid is turned into a “robot master” and their mom or dad becomes their “robot”. I give each kid a “Robot Language Dictionary” and explain to them that this is the language their robot understands. The dictionary has symbols for “move left leg forward”, “turn left”, “grab”, “drop” etc."

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"PHP is not merely awkward to use, or ill-suited for what I want, or suboptimal, or against my religion. I can tell you all manner of good things about languages I avoid, and all manner of bad things about languages I enjoy. [...] PHP is the lone exception."

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