All articles, alphabetical order

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