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bio website cs.tufts.edu/~nr
location Malden, MA
age 52
visits member for 4 years
seen Aug 28 at 20:40
Happy hacker in C, Icon, Haskell, Lua, ML, Modula-3, Scheme, and others. Favorite language: whatever I'm using at the moment.

Good ways to get in contact include Skype chat to norman-ramsey or (less reliable) AIM to norman62ramsey

Every time I see a question about "strong" or "weak" typing, I kill a kitten.


Jun
23
comment From non programmer to “professional” freelance programmer
There's plenty of freelance work available to university students before graduation.
Jan
31
comment Should integer divide by zero halt execution?
@Andres: Nothing special. Standard ML was there 15 years before Java.
May
17
comment I'm graduating with a Computer Science degree but I don't feel like I know how to program
@Alex, never go through HR. If you're lucky, someone you know knows someone where you want to work.
May
15
comment I'm graduating with a Computer Science degree but I don't feel like I know how to program
@Alex: There sure are a lot of crappy jobs out there. I'm lucky in that most of the students I teach get to interview for good ones (although they don't always get offers).
Aug
6
comment Why isn't OCaml more popular?
@Chris: IMO this is one reason that Perl is losing mindshare.
Apr
2
comment Reaching Intermediate Programming Status
I disagree---the best programmers are like the best writers: they literally cannot stop themselves from doing what they do best.
Jan
13
comment Why isn't OCaml more popular?
The ML language does indeed go back quite far, but I don't think there was a native-code compiler before Luca Cardelli's compiler circa 1984. SML also dates from 1984 with the addition of Dave MacQueen's modules proposal.