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Quite boring, really. Have faffed about with computers since the mid-80s, have worked as a network engineer, unix sysadmin and (occasionally) developer.

Mar
27
comment How does understanding computer architecture help a programmer?
@w4rumy - The "computer architecture" is the innards of the CPU, the caches, the buses, the nasty edge-cases where analog and digital meet, the... The comparison is truly apt.
Mar
26
comment Choosing between words with different spellings for function names
You'd probably be surprised by the amount of code written by Spaniards that use Spanish for function names and variables, then...
Mar
20
awarded  Good Answer
Mar
18
awarded  Nice Answer
Mar
18
answered Are there any reasons not to accept a software deliverable as a virtual machine?
Jan
26
answered Is Ken Thompson's compiler hack still a threat?
Jan
23
comment Why has C prevailed over Pascal?
Turbo Pascal was also closely related to Compass Pascal (released under at least CP/M), sharing a main developer and Turbo Pascal 3 was effectively a UI clone.
Dec
21
answered Would using Quercus make my code fall under the GPL?
Nov
14
comment emacs keybindings
@Max Speaking only for myself, I mostly use the "move on syntactic unit" command (word forward/backward, statement forward/backward, move-by-search, move-to-specific-line; and to some extent "move to next compilation warning").
Nov
12
comment What is the advantage of little endian format?
@steve314 And in Danish, "95" is pronounced "fem halvfems" (five, plus four-and-a-half twenties).
Nov
7
comment What is a closure?
@Giorgio I consider "a function" in this context to be "a lump of executable code" and typically a given closure-generator generates multiple closures with identical "lumps of executable code", but differing variable bindings.
Nov
7
comment What is a closure?
@Giorgio Closures in Haskell do (I believe) close over the arguments in the lexical scope they're defined in, so, I'd say "yes" (although I am at best unfamiliar with Haskell). A C function with a static variable is, at best, a very limited closure (you really want to be able to create multiple closures from a single function, with a static local variable, you have exactly one).
Nov
5
comment Are non Turing-complete languages considered programming languages at all?
@JörgWMittag Yes, but it also has "lazy semantics", and that (combined with and/or) is enough to get you a choice. Looping constructs then come trivially with the help of the Y-combinator.
Nov
2
comment Does this happen in Common Lisp?
I suspect he just happened to typo a bit.
Oct
31
comment Are non Turing-complete languages considered programming languages at all?
I would say that there are "control structures" of different kinds. Immediate differences would be between "looping constructs" (for, while, until, ...) and branching constructs (if, switch, cond, ...). Of course, most looping constructs are "branch and transfer of control" under the hood.
Oct
29
comment Does this happen in Common Lisp?
No, the lisp reader reads 'foo as (quote foo) and '(foo) as (quote (foo)).
Oct
12
awarded  Yearling
Oct
10
comment Is a coding standard even needed any more?
"No written coding standard, rely on convention and ask for guidance" works fairly well in small teams (less than, I don't know, 50? 100?). When you have thousands of people, migrating back and forth between projects within a code-base, it really helps having a written set of guidelines for the code.
Oct
10
answered Difference between a REPL and interactive shell
Sep
21
comment What is O in Big O?
Hm, interesting. In Sweden, Big Oh is usually called "ordo" (latin for, well, order) rather than "ordning" (the Swedish word for order).