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...considered harmful > Everything is done wrong

Posted 19 March 2014

Everything in software is done wrong. This is because, by the time you know how to do it right, you've already done it. The only exception is when you do the same thing over and over - and that's a DRY violation, and so wrong by definition.

...considered harmful > How to think about finding primes

Posted 26 January 2014

Finding primes is a common exercise in programming, and for good reason: it's a good exercise that combines mathematical thinking with programmatic thinking. The exercise comes in various forms, most commonly "find the nth prime" or "find the first n primes". Also common is "find all primes less than n". It turns...

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...considered harmful > ++ considered hazardous

Posted 20 January 2014

The postincrement (++) and postdecrement (--) operators (hereafter called "postinc" and "postdec") are a perennial source of befucklement for new and intermediate Java programmers. In particular, people get snagged on complex exp...

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...considered harmful > The Programmer's Bookshelf

Posted 06 December 2013

Following is a list of some titles that I've found beautiful or useful or both. I'm not gong to say much about them here, but they're all likely to give you interesting things to think about.

  • Introduction to Graph Theory (Richard Trudeau)
  • The Art of Computer Programming (Donald E. Knuth)
  • ...

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...considered harmful > "Write a code" considered painful

Posted 05 October 2013

Pet peeve time: "code" in the software sense is a mass noun, not a collective noun. It has no plural. You don't eat "an oatmeal" or several "oatmeals", you eat oatmeal. In the same way, you don't write "a code" or "codes", you write code. If you mean a unified body of code that can be run...

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Translation (Portuguese, German, Spanish), accordion (Hohner Black Dot B/C), flute (Casey Burns, Skip Healy 3-piece), homebrew (beers and meads)
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    helpheimer Icon

    18 Apr 2014 - 00:12
    prevented my noob brain from melting multiple times :)
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    Preacher2012 Icon

    30 Mar 2014 - 16:32
    you give great help, mind help me with my cipher lab?
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    yashwanth.c.b Icon

    02 Mar 2014 - 00:20
    wow....jon thank you...i am happy thar i've got reps from you.... :)
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    BenignDesign Icon

    23 Dec 2013 - 22:32
    Rawr. I love it when you talk nerdy.
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    BenignDesign Icon

    23 Dec 2013 - 08:54
    And what's wrong with library cred? A well read man is a sexy man.
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    BenignDesign Icon

    18 Dec 2013 - 13:35
    Gotta maintain that computer geek street cred.
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    18 Dec 2013 - 13:11
    Your theme song is both hysterical and sad. I doubt the truth in it, but I get the point.
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    modi123_1 Icon

    26 Nov 2013 - 07:35 -> a new project of yours?
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    13 Nov 2013 - 12:03
    Heh - waves are fun.
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    BenignDesign Icon

    27 Aug 2013 - 12:01
    Naked ladies always dig the accordion player.
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    27 Aug 2013 - 11:30
    The fact that you do weird shit like learning to play the accordion on a whim is why I freaking love you. <3
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    BenignDesign Icon

    24 Jun 2013 - 12:29
    My immediate assumption was you... however, without being 100% certain as I was unable to find it again in my skimming, I did not want to give incorrect attribution to such a fine piecing together of the English language.
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    BenignDesign Icon

    05 Jun 2013 - 10:19
    Haha! Anytime! I'm curious to see those bad ass running shorts.
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    BenignDesign Icon

    03 Jun 2013 - 13:14
    You've only been here two years? Damn! This has been the longest two years EVER.
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    Precise Icon

    18 May 2013 - 12:30
    Hello, I need to speak with you personally about something. Can I get an email please?
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