Sat, Jul 12, 2014, 1:56am A Big Year for Programming
So 2014 has turned into an unexpectedly big year for programming for me. As an Apple developer, it's obviously been affected by Swift's arrival, but I was already in the middle of a lot of new projects, making for a crowded learning schedule. I've sort of grouped them into different areas: scientific, functional, parallel and Mac/iOS-related.

And I'm dabbling with going back to blogging. If you find this interesting and are reading, thanks! I'll try to keep things interesting. [Read more…]
(6 comments, in Programming)
Sun, Nov 27, 2011, 7:19pm Journal Article Reading / Tracking
There are times when (a) I'd rather use a Terminal shell to search for something, or it's already where I am, and (b) when I'm in the mood to write a little set of scripts to do something neat. And so it came that I wrote a set of little scripts to keep track of my completely out-of-control PDF collection from various journals. This isn't a blog article about how you should use this tool, since your reading neuroses probably differ, but just a quick "hey, I think this is neat" and something that may inspire someone on to other cool command-line tools (or whatnot). [Read more…]
Fri, Apr 8, 2011, 5:23pm Ok, Spring 2011 Can Start Now
I just got back from a great conference, iPhone/iPad DevCon East out in Boston. I'm completely exhausted. I have no plans to do anything this weekend excepting some hard-core reclining and the occasional stroll. I'm not just exhausted from that, I'm exhausted from both winter and all that comes with it, and from the long amount of work that led up to the app BookHabit that I finally released about a week and a half ago. More about that in an upcoming post.

But the weather is taking a turn for the better, chilly and rainy as today might be, and I can sense spring is actually going to happen this time. There was a weather tease a few weeks back, but I knew it was only foreshadowing. At any rate, I declare spring. I can refresh my todo lists, recalibrate my goals, rearrange my office, etc. [Read more…]
(in Living)
Thu, Apr 2, 2009, 5:07pm Framework Rewrite Time
This latest rewrite has been coming for a while, but things haven't lined up until now to start making progress on it. The current incarnation of the engine runs this website in addition to several others, and it works fine, but as with all programming projects, it becomes clear how things could be better and that they should be so. The new rewrite will be initially written in Python, taking the best from the current PHP and Objective-C versions, which are the two most mature versions currently in service. Each has gotten tweaks over the last couple of years that ended up being unique to them, but which all versions should benefit from. [Read more…]
Wed, Oct 29, 2008, 12:29am Hunkering Down for the Fall/Winter
Ok, looks like I'm not going anywhere for a while now and it's time to get a move on a lot of things going into the fall and winter. Not looking forward to the cold weather, but very much looking forward to getting things done. Most things pre my recent vacation were all about getting the iPhone programs I did with Andrew into solid shape. I'm very proud of them both. We got in the last of the really big updates before I left. During vacation my mind was a complete blank on all things work-wise. I did discover how good the oysters are in Vancouver. Still miss the great "sea" food out west. Perhaps I'll live out that way at some point. Who knows. [Read more…]
(in Living)
Sun, Mar 16, 2008, 10:57pm TIOBE #s
I find it impossible to believe that the TIOBE indexes are accurate. How could it possibly claim that Objective-C is ranked lower than ABAP, Euphoria and Ch? There's just no way that's true. (Perhaps Objective-C has a peculiar problem about how to disentangle straight C code from Obj-C?)

I could see MOO and Oberon being way down the list, but there has got to be more Mathematica and Maple code being generated at schools and universities than this list could detect. I could pay 00 to see their dataset, but I'm more curious about where they cull their data from.
(1 comment, in Programming)
Wed, Feb 20, 2008, 2:56am OpenMP/GL Brain Food
There are a bunch of new tricks I want to teach my brain this year, and being sick for half of 2008 so far hasn't been helping. But I've been feeling much better in the last few days and have been itching to get back to it. A couple of days ago Borders sent out 40% coupons, so I headed down to one of the bigger Borders around here to see what they have (printing out my current wishlists using this previous trick). There I found the two books pictured here on OpenMP and OpenGL programming, which look at just the right level and not so long that I take forever to get through them. [Read more…]
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Fri, Nov 30, 2007, 5:54am
Oh, the Books…
Wed, Nov 28, 2007, 4:29pm
Battle Against Entropy
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Mon, Mar 5, 2007, 12:27am
Picking my next standard web language
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Tue, Feb 27, 2007, 4:41pm
Spam filtering seems a-ok
Mon, Feb 5, 2007, 3:10am
Dynamic Forms via AJAX?
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Sat, Feb 3, 2007, 4:09pm
Web Standards Move On
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CSS Alignment Styles
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Wed, Jan 4, 2006, 10:51pm
No more direct SQL entries
Tue, Jan 3, 2006, 8:28pm
xhtml 1.1 y yo
Tue, Dec 20, 2005, 9:13pm
Optimization I: not preg_replace()
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Wed, Dec 7, 2005, 5:57pm
tex2im brings TeX to this blog
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Wed, Dec 7, 2005, 2:27pm
Firefox unhappy with my CSS
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Tue, Dec 6, 2005, 4:37pm
RSS Feedbag
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Sun, Dec 4, 2005, 10:13pm
Domo arigato
Sun, Dec 4, 2005, 2:00pm
Fixing up the place
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Sat, Dec 3, 2005, 3:01am
(Forum) Separation anxiety
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Thu, Dec 1, 2005, 7:38pm
Misc decisions
Thu, Dec 1, 2005, 2:00pm
Down with Google Ads
Thu, Dec 1, 2005, 1:00pm
"The dream is over"
Thu, Nov 24, 2005, 8:45pm
And now, for a break
Thu, Nov 24, 2005, 3:30am
Where there is a Will…
Thu, Nov 24, 2005, 2:15am
The gig is up, sorta
Thu, Nov 24, 2005, 1:30am
BEV
Thu, Nov 24, 2005, 1:00am
A smattering of tables
Wed, Nov 23, 2005, 11:10pm
Movin' toward DB
Wed, Nov 23, 2005, 9:45pm
Simple PHP for a simple PHP coder
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Forums open to public
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My 1st order
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1st day on the new blog