All articles, alphabetical order

  1. “Solutions”
  2. 1, 6, 21, 107, … ?
  3. 2147483647
  4. 24 Puzzles
  5. 8 Queens Puzzle
  6. 8 Queens Puzzle++
  7. A language people use and bitch about
  8. A Little Teaser. Keen Eyes? You’ll See! Follow the clues to reveal the hidden message.
  9. A Mini-Project to Decode a Mini-Language
  10. A Python syntax highlighter
  11. A race within a race
  12. A Subversion Pre-Commit Hook. How to install and test a simple Subversion pre-commit hook script.
  13. A tale of two upgrades
  14. A useful octal escape sequence
  15. A world without version control
  16. A yen for more symbols
  17. Accidental Emacs. A list of Emacs modes and tricks I use all the time but discovered by accident.
  18. ACCU 2013
  19. ACCU Bristol and Bath
  20. ACCU Conference 2008. A preview of ACCU 2008.
  21. Advent of Code
  22. Agile at a distance 👍
  23. An Exploration of the Phenomenology of Software Development
  24. An ideal working environment
  25. Angle brackets hurt my eyes
  26. Animated pair streams. Another look at the functional programming problem of generating an infinite sequence of pairs. An example of using the Python Imaging Library to generate an animated GIF.
  27. Anti-Social Build Orders. An article advocating zero-tolerance for anti-social build offences.
  28. Are List Comprehensions the Wrong Way Round?
  29. Attack of the Alien Asterisks. Unusual font rendering on Windows
  30. Awesome presentations
  31. Beware the March of IDEs!
  32. Big City Skyline Puzzle. Comments on a novel computer science puzzle. When machine resources are scarce, a compiled language offers precise control.
  33. BIG G little g - What begins with G? Capitalisation: Google or google?
  34. Bike charts by Google. Using the google chart API for something ... different
  36. Binary Literals
  37. Binary search returns … ?
  38. Binary search revisited
  39. Blackmail made easy using Python counters. A programming puzzle and a discussion of Python's evolution.
  40. Books, blogs, comments and code samples
  41. Brackets Off! Thoughts on operator precedence.
  42. Browsing Python Documentation using the Python Sidebar
  43. Built in Type Safety?
  44. C++ Concurrency in Action. A glowing review of Anthony Williams' book on C++11's support for concurrency
  45. Casualties in the great computer shootout. An investigation into various dimensions of some speed benchmark programs.
  46. Charming Python
  47. Clown, Flee, Jump
  48. Code completion for dynamic languages
  49. Code Craft
  50. Code in Comments. Don't comment out dead code, delete it!
  51. Code Reviews - the rules
  52. Code Rot. What happens when we stop tending to our code? It decays. This article investigates why.
  53. Collaborative documentation tools
  54. Python was named after a comedy troupe. This note discusses what makes a good name for a computer language.
  55. Complacency in the computer industry
  56. Computer Language Complexity
  57. Computer World
  58. Converting integer literals in C++ and Python
  59. Copy, load, redirect and tee using C++ streambufs. The C++ iostream library separates formatting from lower level read/write operations. This article shows how to use C++ stream buffers to copy, load, redirect and tee streams.
  60. Could a Python eat an elephant?
  61. Could OCR conquer the calligraphylion? A note on the challenge which Arabic script sets for optical character recognition engines.
  62. Creating a Temporary Subversion Repository
  63. Curling for web sites. A script using curl and bash to detect when a website status changes.
  64. Define pedantic
  65. DEFLATE: run-length encoding, but better. An investigation into the extended run-length encoder at the heart of the Zlib compression library.
  66. Desktop preferences
  67. Different Angles on Legacy Code
  68. Distorted Software. What does software look like? This article suggests that architecture diagrams get the emphasis wrong.
  69. Drawing Chess Positions. A follow-up article on scripting graphics.
  70. Drawing Chessboards. An article about creating graphics programmatically.
  71. Drawing Software Designs
  72. Driving down the road of innovation
  73. Easy as Py
  74. Election Manifesto - a timely activity for agile retrospectives
  75. Elegance and Efficiency. Must elegant code be efficient? This article investigates.
  76. Emoticrab invasion, CSS breakdown. CSS positioning doesn't always work in a Feed reader.
  77. Entertaining Documentation
  78. Equality and Equivalence
  79. Erlang Erlang. A parallel processing problem.
  80. Essential Python Reading List. An essential Python reading list. I've ordered the items so you can pause or stop reading at any point: at every stage you'll have learned about as much possible about Python for the effort you've put in.
  81. Eurovision 2008 charts
  82. Ever wish you’d branched first? A short article describing how to branch a Subversion working copy based on the development trunk.
  83. Evolving Python in and for the real world
  84. Favicon. Why my favicon is a jigsaw piece.
  85. Feeding an internet addiction
  86. File shifting using lftp and rsync. Sometimes it's easier to shift files using the command line, rather than a GUI.
  87. Find the average of a collection of tuples or dicts using Python
  88. Fixed Wheels and Simple Designs
  89. Fixing Compiler Warnings the Hard Way. Listen when your compiler grumbles, but sometimes you should ignore its suggestions.
  90. Fixing header file dependencies. A simple script to check header files are self contained
  91. fold left, right
  92. Folded files and rainbow code
  93. Follow me follow me
  94. Friday Puzzles
  95. From __future__ import braces
  96. From bytes to strings in Python and back again
  97. From CVS to Subversion
  98. From Hash Key to Haskell. A note on keys, characters, smileys, digraphs and Haskell.
  99. Fun with Erlang, ACCU 2008
  100. Functional Programming “Aha!” Moments
  101. Generating solutions to the 8 Queens Puzzle
  102. Generic documentation
  103. Getting started with Typo
  104. Go for short variable names
  105. Go! Steady. Ready?
  106. Gofmt knows best
  107. Good maths, bad computers
  108. Google Mail holiday auto-responder
  109. Google Reader
  110. Group When
  111. Happy Mac
  112. He Sells Shell Scripts to Intersect Sets. The Unix command shell contains a lot of what I like in a programming environment: it’s dynamic, high-level, interpreted, flexible, succinct. This article shows the Unix tools in action.
  113. Hiding iterator boilerplate behind a Boost facade
  114. High altitude programming
  115. Hong Kong Supplementary Character Set
  116. Hosting for Life? TextDrive revived!
  117. How green you are
  118. How many restarts?
  119. How to Mirror a Subversion Repository
  120. Hunting down globals with nm
  121. iBlame Exchange
  122. Ignoring .svn directories
  123. Ima Lumberjack, (s)he’s OK. Gender-neutral technical writing using fictional names.
  124. In, on and out of boxes
  125. Inner, Outer, Shake it all abouter. Encapsulation is about allocating responsibility and easing utility rather than protecting data.
  126. Internal Subversion Externals
  127. Introducing Java
  128. Joined Output and the Fencepost Problem. Items and the spaces between them: some notes on the fencepost problem and joining up strings.
  129. Jokey Code?
  130. Keyword Substitution - Just say No!
  131. Knuth visited, Brains Limited
  132. Koenig’s first rule of debugging. The problems caused by the C++ compilation model, dependencies and cryptic compile diagnostics. If an expert like Andrew Koenig can’t get it right, what hope for the rest of us?
  133. Launching missiles and other unhappy accidents. Launching a missile is an example of a dangerous programming side-effect. Bus accidents are used to motivate team-work.
  134. Lazy sequences working hard
  135. Lenient Browsers and Wobbly Tables
  136. Lessons from the OuLiPo. All about a talk I'll be giving at ACCU 2015
  137. Lexical Dispatch in Python. Dispatching to functions based on their names
  138. Life goes on
  139. Life on Canvas
  140. Life, user manuals, recursive pictures
  141. Lock but don’t but
  142. Longest common subsequence. An investigation into the classic computer science problem of calculating the longest common subsequence of two sequences, and its relationship to the edit distance and longest increasing subsequence problems.
  143. Look and Say Numbers
  144. Looping forever and ever
  145. Macros with halos
  146. Man or man(1)?
  147. map, filter, accumulate, lambda
  148. Martin Fowler on Soft Documentation
  149. Maximum of an empty sequence?
  150. Maybe we live in a scripting universe. Comments on Larry Wall's 11th State of the Onion address.
  151. Me, Myself and OpenID. Setting up a personal OpenID server using phpMyID
  152. Merging sorted streams in Python. Did you know that Python's for loops can have an else clause? Here's how it can be used in a stream-merging function.
  153. Message to Self. What’s this?
  154. Metablog. Reflections on 14 months of blogging, and why I'm no longer using Typo.
  155. Metaprogramming is Your Friend. An investigation into metaprogramming techniques used by lazy C, C++, Lisp and Python programmers.
  156. Mistargeted ads
  157. Mixing Python and C++
  158. More adventures in C++
  159. My (Test) First Ruby Program
  160. My First Typo Sidebar
  161. Narrow Python
  162. Negative Sequence Indices in Python
  163. Negative, Captain
  164. Next permutation: When C++ gets it right. An investigation into a classic algorithm for generating the distinct permutations of a sequence in lexicographical order.
  165. No www, yes comments, no categories
  166. Nonce Sense. Cryptography
  167. Not my links
  168. Oberon, Cromarty, Lisa, Waggledance, Ariel
  169. OCR. Wrong characters, right meaning! (chuckles). When OCR gets the characters wrong but the meaning right.
  170. Octal Literals
  171. One svnserve, multiple repositories
  172. Ongoing Peer Review
  173. Ordered sublists. A brute force approach. A brute force solution to the longest increasing subsequence problem.
  174. Oulipo and the Eodermdrome challenge. The word EODERMDROME is itself an eodermdrome. Can you find any others?
  175. Overload Online
  176. Paging through the Manual using Access Keys
  177. Paralipsis
  178. Parsing C++
  179. Partitioning with Python
  180. Patience sort and the Longest increasing subsequence. How a simple card game provides an efficient algorithm for finding the longest increasing subsequence of a given sequence.
  181. Patience Sorted
  182. Pay rise please
  183. Pcl-cvs and Psvn Incompatibilities
  184. Perl 6, Python 3
  185. Perlish Wisdom
  186. Permission and Forgiveness
  187. Personal overnight builds
  188. Personal version control
  189. Pi seconds is a nanocentury
  190. Pitching Python in three syllables
  191. Polyominoes
  192. Posting from the command line using mtsend
  193. Power programming. What makes a language powerful? The programmer!
  194. Pragmatic fashion
  195. Printed C++ Journals
  196. Productivity++ != Better
  197. Programming Nirvana, Plan B. Simon Peyton Jones discusses functional programming, Haskell, and promotes a radical route to programming Nirvana at ACCU 2008.
  198. Programming Paired and Shared
  199. Py2exe
  200. PyCon UK
  201. PyCon UK: statistics, pictures and perennial problems
  202. Python 2.5
  203. Python keyword workaround
  204. Python on Ice. A review of the Python 2, Python 3 language fork. Python 3 has met with some resistance. A moratorium on further changes to the language is being imposed, to smooth the transition.
  205. Python Streams vs Unix Pipes
  206. Python’s lesser known loop control
  207. Python, Surprise me!
  208. Readable Code
  209. Release then Test
  210. Removing duplicates using itertools.groupby. An interpreted Python session showing itertools in action.
  211. Retro-fitting coding standards
  212. Reverse, Esrever
  213. Reversing Hofstadter’s Law
  214. Review of Pete Becker’s TR1 Book
  215. Review: Expert Python Programming
  216. Rewriting String.Left()
  217. Robot wars
  218. RTM vs STW
  219. Run-length encoding in Python
  220. Running Sums in Python. A Python program to generate the running sum of a series.
  221. Sausages, sausages, sausages - slice, slice, slice
  222. Saving changes to read-only files
  223. Scatter pictures with Google Charts
  224. Seamless sequence output in Python 3.0
  225. Seeing with a fresh pair of ears
  226. Set.insert or set.add?
  227. Shameful Names
  228. Shells, Logs and Pipes
  229. Singly Linked Lists in C++
  230. Sledgehammers vs Nut Crackers
  231. Slicing a list evenly with Python
  232. Smart Pointers, Dumb Programmers. A note describing how a smart pointer tripped me up.
  233. So many feeds, so little news. So many feeds, so little news. A reflection on internet consumption.
  234. Soft Documentation. A software developer's investigation into documentation tools.
  235. Software development checklist += 3
  236. Sounds of the Tokyo Metro
  237. Source open, problem closed. An example of the open source advantage.
  238. Space sensitive programming
  239. Spam, Typo, Subversion Logs
  240. Speaking at the ACCU Conference 2015
  241. Spolsky podcast causes exercise bike incident
  242. Steady on Subversion. Despite the increasing popularity of distributed version control systems, I'm sticking with Subversion. Here's why.
  243. Steganography made simple
  244. Stop the clock, squash the bug. Which is better, a clock which loses a minute a day or one which is stopped? An investigation into how we find and fix software defects.
  245. String literals and regular expressions. An article about string literals, escape sequences, regular expressions, and the problems encountered when mixing these together.
  246. Subversion 1.4
  247. Sugar Pie. Approximating pi by scattering sugar.
  248. Sums and sums of squares in C++. Reduce is a higher order function which applies a another function repeatedly to a collection of values, accumulating the result. Well known to functional programmers, reduce is also a standard C++ algorithm.
  249. svn help patch
  250. SwanseaCon 2017
  251. Synchronising Workspaces
  252. Syntactic Sugar
  254. Takewhile drops one
  255. Tell me about … Virtualization. An attempt to describe virtualization, why it's useful, and when to consider using it.
  256. Test driven development in Python
  257. The case against TODO. A neat label for work in progress or an easy way to disguise the flaws in a codebase?
  258. The Etch-A-Sketch User Interface
  259. The Granny—Stroustrup Scale
  260. The Heroic Programmer
  261. The Lazy Builder’s Complexity Lesson. A discussion of algorithmic complexity, and a demonstration of how the C++ standard library allows programmers to write code which is both concise and efficient.
  262. The Maximum Sum contiguous subsequence problem. A stream-based solution to a classic computer science problem.
  263. The Price of Coffee. Offering something for nothing and getting paid nothing for it. Leap day ramblings.
  264. The Rings of Saturn
  265. The Third Rule of Program Optimisation
  266. The Trouble with Version Numbers
  267. There’s no escape??!
  268. Think, quote, escape
  269. Tony Hoare’s vision, car crashes, and Alan Turing. The highs and lows of Europython 2009. A personal review.
  270. Too big or too clever? Steve Yegge says that, for large applications, size is an enemy best controlled by dynamic languages. Alex Martelli says a language can be too dynamic for a large application. Who's right?
  271. Top Ten Percent. The most efficient way to sort the top 10% of a collection.
  272. Top Ten Tags. Choosing the right algorithm to select the N largest items from a collection.
  273. Trac — not just a pretty interface
  274. Tracing function calls using Python decorators. Developing code to trace function calls using Python decorators.
  275. Turing Tests and Train Trackers
  276. Two star programming
  277. Undogfooding
  278. Unit Tests Questioned
  279. Unit Tests Questioned: Reading List
  280. Unleash the test army
  281. Version Control for Third Party Software
  282. What apple gets right
  283. What’s in the box?
  284. When computer applications reside on the web
  285. When web search results get read out of context
  286. When you comment on a comment
  287. White black knight then black white knight. Yet more on drawing chessboards
  288. Why Python programmers should learn Python
  289. Why Software Development isn’t Like Construction. What’s the best metaphor for software development? Steve McConnell prefers “construction”. I disagree.
  290. Why zip when you can map?
  291. Wiki Markup. Wikis often invent their own markup syntax. A note on why I favour Markdown.
  292. Word Aligned, hosted by Github
  293. You wait all day for a bus…
  294. Your computer might be at risk. A hard drive failed this weekend. Guess what, it hadn't been backed up. Here's how I went about recovering the data, and some thoughts on the future of computing in general and operating systems in particular.
  295. Zippy triples served with Python. How do you generate previous, this, next, triples from a collection. A stream-based solution in Python.