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Getting a Mac/Java app ready for Apple’s Mac App Store

Over the last two days I’ve gotten a Mac/Java app ready for Apple’s Mac App Store, including bundling the application as a macOS “.app” application bundle, and signing it so it can be submitted to the Store.

A relatively quick look at my browser history shows that I needed to hit over 260 URLs to get that done. As a wise professor once told me, “Keep learning, keep learning.”

Tell your story alvin August 1, 2017 - 9:29am

“Without any intentional, fancy way of adjusting yourself, to express yourself as you are is the most important thing.”

Zen Master Shunryu Suzuki

Functional Programming Background (Section) alvin June 22, 2017 - 2:42pm

This section contains chapters that discuss the background of functional programming. The chapters in this section are listed below.

What is This “Lambda” You Speak Of?

“It takes a wise man to learn from his mistakes, but an even wiser man to learn from others.”

~ Zen Proverb

Goals

Once you get into FP, you’ll quickly start hearing the terms “lambda” and “lambda calculus.” The goal of this chapter is to provide background information on where those names come from, and what they mean.

The history of Lisp

I’ve been interested in the Lisp programming language since I first learned about it, but in the books I’ve read about it, no author has explained the background of terms like cons, car, cdr, and S-expressions. Tonight I found this “History of Lisp” document, which explains the meaning of some of those names.

(If you’re really interested in those terms, this Wikipedia page describes them even more.)

The Hidden Fortress (influence on Star Wars)

The movie The Hidden Fortress is said to have a major impact on the Star Wars series. From Wikipedia: “George Lucas has acknowledged the heavy influence of The Hidden Fortress on Star Wars, particularly in the technique of telling the story from the perspective of the film's lowliest characters, C-3PO and R2-D2. Lucas's original plot outline for Star Wars also had a strong resemblance to the plot of The Hidden Fortress, which would be reused for The Phantom Menace.”