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