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Oct
4
comment Why is Lisp useful?
"Putting up with the horrific syntax". Maybe it's just too long since I was a Lisp newbie, but the simplicity and regularity of Lisp syntax is a huge feature, since that's what it makes it possible for me to extend Lisp in itself. I can add custom iterators, I can add new "with-xxx" scope constructs which automatically clean up after themselves so the developer doesn't have to, etc. The syntax is a feature, not a bug.
Oct
1
comment What's your favourite quote about programming?
My quote file attributes this to JWZ.
Sep
29
comment What are good mathematical formulas to know for programming?
+1 because it seems like a reasonable statement -- there's no specific formula you should know, but the concept of algorithmic complexity (Big O notation) is very important.
Sep
28
comment Does having Master's degree in Computer Science help your career?
I'm in a similar boat, in terms of Physics undergrad, CS grad, and big jump in GPA along the way for taking things more seriously. What I learned was very valuable (new perspectives, being forced to take UML and Design patterns seriously, etc), and the degree itself is valuable -- I've had had people tout my degree when talking about my role in the project to business/outside folks.
Sep
23
comment What's your favourite quote about programming?
Erdõs -- indeed! My grandfather (who knew him!) was fond of the one about mathematicians and coffee.
Sep
22
comment Killer semi-unique programming language features
Unique, as long as you count going back to Lisp, which is the second-oldest programming language around. ;-)