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Your Flying Car is Ready: Amazing Programming Tools of the Future, Today!

That’s the title of my presentation at Dog Food Conference 2014, 29-30 September, in Columbus, Ohio. If you found my post on "Test-Only Development" with the Z3 Theorem Prover was interesting, then you’ll love this.
What if simply writing "unit tests" was enough to produce a program which makes them pass? What if your compiler could [...]

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Emerging Languages Camp Part 5: Axiomatic Language

This is the fifth post of my notes from Emerging Languages Camp last year. If you haven’t seen it already, you might want to read the Introduction to this series.
Axiomatic Language
Walter Wilson
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One of the ways that you can describe a coding style is declarative versus imperative. That is, focusing on the desired result versus [...]

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Emerging Languages Camp Part 3: Noether

This is the third post of my notes from Emerging Languages Camp last year. If you haven’t seen it already, you might want to read the Introduction to this series.
Noether: Symmetry in Programming Language Design
Daira Hopwood
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I found this presentation to be at once fascinating and frustrating. It was the single best talk at [...]

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Emerging Languages Camp Part 2: Daimio and Babel

In this exciting installment of my notes from Emerging Languages Camp last year, some information about the Daimio and Babel programming languages. If you haven’t seen it already, you might want to read the Introduction to this series.
Daimio: A Language for Sharing
Dann Toliver
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Daimio Is a domain-specific language for customization of web [...]

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Emerging Languages Camp Part 1: Introduction and Gershwin

Emerging Languages Camp is an all day event held before Strange Loop. There were 11 presentations on new and unusual programming languages in varying stages of development.
Production-ready languages like C#, Ruby, Clojure, and Haskell don’t just spring to life out of nothing. There exists a historical context of major language families (Algol, LISP, ML, etc.) as [...]

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Cloud Security, For Real This Time

Cloud Security, For Real This Time: Homomorphic Encryption and the Future of Data Privacy. That’s the title of my presentation at the next Central Ohio OWASP Quarterly Seminar, on 27 February at 1:00 p.m. Dan King, from Microsoft, will be talking about single sign-on for federated Dynamics CRM, very practical stuff which is in real [...]

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When Does Lexing End and Parsing Begin?

I had an interesting bug in my compiler: The parser would fail on blank lines. To a certain degree, this makes sense; the formal grammar of the language does not include blank lines. This is invalid input! On the other hand, every programming language ever invented, as far as I know, simply ignores them. That [...]

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Let’s Build a Compiler… In F#!

I’m building a small compiler for a toy language which emits .NET executables, implemented in F#. Demo compilers are a dime a dozen, but there are a few things which make this project distinct:

No lexer or parser generators are used. The entire compiler is written from the ground up, and is intended to be fairly [...]

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On Learning Programming and Math at Coursera

Coursera, Udacity, MIT Open Courseware, and other such sites are useful to me because they decouple the desire to learn college-level material from the expense and regulations of earning (another) diploma. The latter isn’t compelling to me today, but the former certainly is.
I’ve now taken three Coursera courses: Functional Programming Principles in Scala, Social Network [...]

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Google’s Research on Interviewing Technical Candidates

Yesterday’s New York Times has a good article on Google’s analysis of what works and what does not work when interviewing candidates for technical jobs. This paragraph closely matches my experience:
Behavioral interviewing also works — where you’re not giving someone a hypothetical, but you’re starting with a question like, “Give me an example of a [...]

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