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. Advent of Code 2017
  23. Agile at a distance 👍
  24. Aligning the first line of a triple-quoted string in Python
  25. An Exploration of the Phenomenology of Software Development
  26. An ideal working environment
  27. Angle brackets hurt my eyes
  28. 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.
  29. Anti-Social Build Orders. An article advocating zero-tolerance for anti-social build offences.
  30. Are List Comprehensions the Wrong Way Round?
  31. Attack of the Alien Asterisks. Unusual font rendering on Windows
  32. Awesome presentations
  33. Beware the March of IDEs!
  34. Big City Skyline Puzzle. Comments on a novel computer science puzzle. When machine resources are scarce, a compiled language offers precise control.
  35. BIG G little g - What begins with G? Capitalisation: Google or google?
  36. Bike charts by Google. Using the google chart API for something ... different
  38. Binary Literals
  39. Binary search returns … ?
  40. Binary search revisited
  41. Blackmail made easy using Python counters. A programming puzzle and a discussion of Python's evolution.
  42. Books, blogs, comments and code samples
  43. Brackets Off! Thoughts on operator precedence.
  44. Browsing Python Documentation using the Python Sidebar
  45. Bugwards Compatible
  46. Built in Type Safety?
  47. C++ Concurrency in Action. A glowing review of Anthony Williams' book on C++11's support for concurrency
  48. Casualties in the great computer shootout. An investigation into various dimensions of some speed benchmark programs.
  49. Charming Python
  50. Clown, Flee, Jump
  51. Code completion for dynamic languages
  52. Code Craft
  53. Code in Comments. Don't comment out dead code, delete it!
  54. Code Reviews - the rules
  55. Code Rot. What happens when we stop tending to our code? It decays. This article investigates why.
  56. Collaborative documentation tools
  57. Python was named after a comedy troupe. This note discusses what makes a good name for a computer language.
  58. Complacency in the computer industry
  59. Computer Language Complexity
  60. Computer World
  61. Converting integer literals in C++ and Python
  62. 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.
  63. Could a Python eat an elephant?
  64. Could OCR conquer the calligraphylion? A note on the challenge which Arabic script sets for optical character recognition engines.
  65. Creating a dict of lists in Python
  66. Creating a Temporary Subversion Repository
  67. Curling for web sites. A script using curl and bash to detect when a website status changes.
  68. DDD Wales, 2018
  69. Define pedantic
  70. DEFLATE: run-length encoding, but better. An investigation into the extended run-length encoder at the heart of the Zlib compression library.
  71. Desktop preferences
  72. Different Angles on Legacy Code
  73. Distorted Software. What does software look like? This article suggests that architecture diagrams get the emphasis wrong.
  74. Dr G’s Award Winning Puzzles
  75. Drawing Chess Positions. A follow-up article on scripting graphics.
  76. Drawing Chessboards. An article about creating graphics programmatically.
  77. Drawing Software Designs
  78. Driving down the road of innovation
  79. Easy as Py
  80. Election Manifesto - a timely activity for agile retrospectives
  81. Elegance and Efficiency. Must elegant code be efficient? This article investigates.
  82. Emoticrab invasion, CSS breakdown. CSS positioning doesn't always work in a Feed reader.
  83. Entertaining Documentation
  84. Equality and Equivalence
  85. Erlang Erlang. A parallel processing problem.
  86. 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.
  87. Eurovision 2008 charts
  88. Ever wish you’d branched first? A short article describing how to branch a Subversion working copy based on the development trunk.
  89. Evolving Python in and for the real world
  90. Favicon. Why my favicon is a jigsaw piece.
  91. Feeding an internet addiction
  92. File shifting using lftp and rsync. Sometimes it's easier to shift files using the command line, rather than a GUI.
  93. Find the average of a collection of tuples or dicts using Python
  94. Fixed Wheels and Simple Designs
  95. Fixing Compiler Warnings the Hard Way. Listen when your compiler grumbles, but sometimes you should ignore its suggestions.
  96. Fixing header file dependencies. A simple script to check header files are self contained
  97. fold left, right
  98. Folded files and rainbow code
  99. Follow me follow me
  100. Friday Puzzles
  101. From __future__ import braces
  102. From bytes to strings in Python and back again
  103. From CVS to Subversion
  104. From Hash Key to Haskell. A note on keys, characters, smileys, digraphs and Haskell.
  105. Fun with Erlang, ACCU 2008
  106. Functional Programming “Aha!” Moments
  107. Generating solutions to the 8 Queens Puzzle
  108. Generic documentation
  109. Getting started with Typo
  110. Go for short variable names
  111. Go! Steady. Ready?
  112. Gofmt knows best
  113. Good maths, bad computers
  114. Google Mail holiday auto-responder
  115. Google Reader
  116. Group When
  117. Happy Mac
  118. 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.
  119. Hiding iterator boilerplate behind a Boost facade
  120. High altitude programming
  121. Hong Kong Supplementary Character Set
  122. Hosting for Life? TextDrive revived!
  123. How green you are
  124. How many restarts?
  125. How to Mirror a Subversion Repository
  126. Hunting down globals with nm
  127. iBlame Exchange
  128. Ignoring .svn directories
  129. Ima Lumberjack, (s)he’s OK. Gender-neutral technical writing using fictional names.
  130. In, on and out of boxes
  131. Inner, Outer, Shake it all abouter. Encapsulation is about allocating responsibility and easing utility rather than protecting data.
  132. Internal Subversion Externals
  133. Introducing Java
  134. Joined Output and the Fencepost Problem. Items and the spaces between them: some notes on the fencepost problem and joining up strings.
  135. Jokey Code?
  136. Keyword Substitution - Just say No!
  137. Knuth visited, Brains Limited
  138. 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?
  139. 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.
  140. Lazy sequences working hard
  141. Lenient Browsers and Wobbly Tables
  142. Lessons from the OuLiPo. All about a talk I'll be giving at ACCU 2015
  143. Lexical Dispatch in Python. Dispatching to functions based on their names
  144. Life goes on
  145. Life on Canvas
  146. Life, user manuals, recursive pictures
  147. Lock but don’t but
  148. 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.
  149. Look and Say Numbers
  150. Looping forever and ever
  151. Macros with halos
  152. Man or man(1)?
  153. map, filter, accumulate, lambda
  154. Martin Fowler on Soft Documentation
  155. Maximum of an empty sequence?
  156. Maybe we live in a scripting universe. Comments on Larry Wall's 11th State of the Onion address.
  157. Me, Myself and OpenID. Setting up a personal OpenID server using phpMyID
  158. Meetup? Turn Up!
  159. 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.
  160. Message to Self. What’s this?
  161. Metablog. Reflections on 14 months of blogging, and why I'm no longer using Typo.
  162. Metaphormers
  163. Metaprogramming is Your Friend. An investigation into metaprogramming techniques used by lazy C, C++, Lisp and Python programmers.
  164. Mistargeted ads
  165. Mixing Python and C++
  166. More adventures in C++
  167. My (Test) First Ruby Program
  168. My First Typo Sidebar
  169. Narrow Python
  170. Negative Sequence Indices in Python
  171. Negative, Captain
  172. Next permutation: When C++ gets it right. An investigation into a classic algorithm for generating the distinct permutations of a sequence in lexicographical order.
  173. No www, yes comments, no categories
  174. Nonce Sense. Cryptography
  175. Not my links
  176. Oberon, Cromarty, Lisa, Waggledance, Ariel
  177. OCR. Wrong characters, right meaning! (chuckles). When OCR gets the characters wrong but the meaning right.
  178. Octal Literals
  179. One svnserve, multiple repositories
  180. Ongoing Peer Review
  181. Ordered sublists. A brute force approach. A brute force solution to the longest increasing subsequence problem.
  182. Oulipo and the Eodermdrome challenge. The word EODERMDROME is itself an eodermdrome. Can you find any others?
  183. Overload Online
  184. Paging through the Manual using Access Keys
  185. Paralipsis
  186. Parsing C++
  187. Partitioning with Python
  188. 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.
  189. Patience Sorted
  190. Pay rise please
  191. Pcl-cvs and Psvn Incompatibilities
  192. Perec @IgniteSwansea #3
  193. Perl 6, Python 3
  194. Perlish Wisdom
  195. Permission and Forgiveness
  196. Personal overnight builds
  197. Personal version control
  198. Pi seconds is a nanocentury
  199. Pitching Python in three syllables
  200. Polyominoes
  201. Posting from the command line using mtsend
  202. Power programming. What makes a language powerful? The programmer!
  203. Pragmatic fashion
  204. Printed C++ Journals
  205. Productivity++ != Better
  206. Programming Nirvana, Plan B. Simon Peyton Jones discusses functional programming, Haskell, and promotes a radical route to programming Nirvana at ACCU 2008.
  207. Programming Paired and Shared
  208. Py2exe
  209. PyCon UK
  210. PyCon UK: statistics, pictures and perennial problems
  211. Python 2.5
  212. Python Counters @PyDiff
  213. Python keyword workaround
  214. 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.
  215. Python Streams vs Unix Pipes
  216. Python’s lesser known loop control
  217. Python, Surprise me!
  218. Readable Code
  219. Release then Test
  220. Removing duplicates using itertools.groupby. An interpreted Python session showing itertools in action.
  221. Retro-fitting coding standards
  222. Reverse, Esrever
  223. Reversing Hofstadter’s Law
  224. Review of Pete Becker’s TR1 Book
  225. Review: Expert Python Programming
  226. Rewriting String.Left()
  227. Robot wars
  228. RTM vs STW
  229. Run-length encoding in Python
  230. Running Sums in Python. A Python program to generate the running sum of a series.
  231. Sausages, sausages, sausages - slice, slice, slice
  232. Saving changes to read-only files
  233. Scatter pictures with Google Charts
  234. Seamless sequence output in Python 3.0
  235. Seeing with a fresh pair of ears
  236. Set.insert or set.add?
  237. Shameful Names
  238. Shells, Logs and Pipes
  239. Singly Linked Lists in C++
  240. Sledgehammers vs Nut Crackers
  241. Slicing a list evenly with Python
  242. Smart Pointers, Dumb Programmers. A note describing how a smart pointer tripped me up.
  243. So many feeds, so little news. So many feeds, so little news. A reflection on internet consumption.
  244. Soft Documentation. A software developer's investigation into documentation tools.
  245. Software development checklist += 3
  246. Sounds of the Tokyo Metro
  247. Source open, problem closed. An example of the open source advantage.
  248. Space sensitive programming
  249. Spam, Typo, Subversion Logs
  250. Speaking at the ACCU Conference 2015
  251. Spolsky podcast causes exercise bike incident
  252. Steady on Subversion. Despite the increasing popularity of distributed version control systems, I'm sticking with Subversion. Here's why.
  253. Steganography made simple
  254. 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.
  255. String literals and regular expressions. An article about string literals, escape sequences, regular expressions, and the problems encountered when mixing these together.
  256. Subversion 1.4
  257. Sugar Pie. Approximating pi by scattering sugar.
  258. 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.
  259. svn help patch
  260. SwanseaCon 2017
  261. Synchronising Workspaces
  262. Syntactic Sugar
  264. Takewhile drops one
  265. Tell me about … Virtualization. An attempt to describe virtualization, why it's useful, and when to consider using it.
  266. Test driven development in Python
  267. The case against TODO. A neat label for work in progress or an easy way to disguise the flaws in a codebase?
  268. The Etch-A-Sketch User Interface
  269. The Granny—Stroustrup Scale
  270. The Heroic Programmer
  271. 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.
  272. The Maximum Sum contiguous subsequence problem. A stream-based solution to a classic computer science problem.
  273. The Price of Coffee. Offering something for nothing and getting paid nothing for it. Leap day ramblings.
  274. The Rings of Saturn
  275. The Third Rule of Program Optimisation
  276. The Trouble with Version Numbers
  277. There’s no escape??!
  278. Think, quote, escape
  280. Tony Hoare’s vision, car crashes, and Alan Turing. The highs and lows of Europython 2009. A personal review.
  281. 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?
  282. Top Ten Percent. The most efficient way to sort the top 10% of a collection.
  283. Top Ten Tags. Choosing the right algorithm to select the N largest items from a collection.
  284. Trac — not just a pretty interface
  285. Tracing function calls using Python decorators. Developing code to trace function calls using Python decorators.
  286. Turing Tests and Train Trackers
  287. Two star programming
  288. Undogfooding
  289. Unit Tests Questioned
  290. Unit Tests Questioned: Reading List
  291. Unleash the test army
  292. Version Control for Third Party Software
  293. What apple gets right
  294. What’s in the box?
  295. When computer applications reside on the web
  296. When web search results get read out of context
  297. When you comment on a comment
  298. White black knight then black white knight. Yet more on drawing chessboards
  299. Why Python programmers should learn Python
  300. Why Software Development isn’t Like Construction. What’s the best metaphor for software development? Steve McConnell prefers “construction”. I disagree.
  301. Why zip when you can map?
  302. Wiki Markup. Wikis often invent their own markup syntax. A note on why I favour Markdown.
  303. Word Aligned, hosted by Github
  304. You wait all day for a bus…
  305. 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.
  306. Zippy triples served with Python. How do you generate previous, this, next, triples from a collection. A stream-based solution in Python.