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