2017

RIP to several pets

RIP, Tanner.
RIP, Smokey.
RIP, Rusty.

It’s been a rough two weeks in the animal kingdom.

Version 0.1.3 of Learning Functional Programming in Scala alvin June 25, 2017 - 2:22pm

The next version of my book, Learning Functional Programming in Scala, is now available. See that link for details.

Learning Functional Programming in Scala (pdf)

Table of Contents1 - What’s new (June 25, 2017)2 - Buying the book3 - One more thing4 - Preview5 - Some time in the future ...

My new book, Learning Functional Programming in Scala, is currently available as a PDF you can purchase for just $10 US. (The price is going up to $25 this Saturday.) Details are listed below.

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What’s new (June 25, 2017)

If you’ve been following along with me recently, the latest changes are:

Next version of Scala/FP book, coming soon alvin June 20, 2017 - 5:10am

Update 1: The next version of my book on Scala and functional programming will be released later this week.

Update 2: The price of the book will be increased to $25 on July 1, 2017.

What meditation can be like (Eat, Pray, Love) alvin June 19, 2017 - 5:17pm

In “Eat, Pray, Love,” Elizabeth Gilbert describes what meditation can be like. :)

Happy Father’s Day, 2017

When my dad was my current age (and I was 20), I didn’t know it, but that would be the last time I’d see him until after lung cancer had ravaged his body. If I could have said, “Please quit trying to control my life, let me make my own mistakes, and I’ll let you know if I need any help” — and he would have agreed to that — we might have found a way to see each other again.

So, my recommendation is that if you have a dad, no matter how well you’re getting along, give him a hug. ;)

Donations or micropayments to support professional journalism

I thought it was great that you can donate any dollar amount you want to The Guardian to support professional journalism. I wrote the New York Times and Washington Post and said I don’t read their content enough to justify a subscription, and asked if I could either donate to them or use some form of micropayments, but they both wrote back to say they only offer (more expensive) subscriptions.

Update: Someone wrote on Twitter to note that these are for-profit organizations and therefore they can’t take donations. That’s not true, but even if they didn’t want to accept donations, they could offer micropayments or lower-cost subscriptions for a limited number of page views.

Song of the day: Fool in the Rain, by Led Zeppelin

Well there’s a light in your eye that keeps shining
Like a star that can’t wait for the night
I hate to think I’ve been blinded, baby
Why can’t I see you tonight?

And the warmth of your smile starts a-burnin’
And the thrill of your touch gives me fright
And I’m shaking so much, really yearning
Why don’t you show up, make it all right?