All articles, alphabetical order

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