Famed programmer Joe Armstrong passed away this weekend. He created the Erlang programming language, based on the actor model, and without using Google, I’m pretty darned sure that Erlang had an impact on Akka, the very cool actor library for Scala. Here’s an article Mr. Armstrong wrote some years ago, titled, Why OO Sucks (OO as in OOP).
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I don’t recall hearing of the words “reify” or “reification” in my OOP years, but that may be because I studied aerospace engineering in college, not computer science. Since learning FP I often see those words, so I thought I’d try to understand their meaning.
The short answer is that the main definition seems to be:
“Taking an abstract concept and making it concrete.”
For the longer answer, I found the following definitions and examples of reification.
“Write shy code — modules that don’t reveal anything unnecessary to other modules and that don’t rely on other modules’ implementations.”
~ Dave Thomas
I saw this “SQL joins as Venn diagrams” image on this Twitter page. To give attribution to the original author, it appears to have been created by C.L. Moffatt and documented in this Visual Representation of SQL Joins article. However, this article makes the case that Venn diagrams are not an accurate description of SQL joins.
“The sooner you start to code, the longer the program will take.”
~ Roy Carlson (which I saw in this tweet)
In general, I’m a fan of that quote, meaning that the harder the problem is, the more I like to find a whiteboard or some index cards to work through the problem that way before I start coding.
“Testing takes time, just like structural analysis takes time. Both activities ensure the quality of the end product. It’s time for software developers to take up the mantle of responsibility for what they produce. Testing alone isn’t sufficient, but it is necessary.”
~ Neal Ford (as seen on this tweet)
At a Meetup in Boulder, Colorado last night I learned about the Jupyter Notebook project.
This Wikipedia page on continuous integration is actually a good resource for computer programming best practices.
twobithistory.org has a nice story about Lisp titled, How Lisp became God’s own programming language. That page links to Paul Graham’s old Beating the averages post where he shares this Eric Raymond quote: “Lisp is worth learning for the profound enlightenment experience you will have when you finally get it; that experience will make you a better programmer for the rest of your days, even if you never actually use Lisp itself a lot.”
A friend of mine is an honest reviewer of apps. When I asked her to use the AAA iOS app while we were driving back from Florida, she said, “OMG, please don’t make me use that piece of crap again.”