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Building a Single File Scala Executable

I'm from a C background with a hefty dose of Python, mostly on linux systems. My preferred mode of delivering software is as a single executable file. I hate having to explain to users that they...

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Syndicated 2013-12-08 04:37:00 from The Daily Build

Getting Set up for Programming in Scala on Debian

Things we need to be able to use Scala on Debian (everything below will likely work on Ubuntu as well): Scala itself, of course. apt-get install scala will pull in a bunch of packages -- all the...

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Syndicated 2013-12-07 02:01:00 from The Daily Build

What Makes a Nice Programming Language

(I started this post about halfway through the Year of New Programming Languages, and wrapped it up in December.) At the midway point I was most excited by Common Lisp, but with doubts I'd be using...

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Syndicated 2013-12-06 00:15:00 from The Daily Build

New Language Wrapup

Learning a new programming language each month this year was an ambitious goal. I didn't quite make it -- other things got in the way. I did manage to dip my toes into some interesting languages,...

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Syndicated 2013-12-04 19:16:00 from The Daily Build

Recovering Photos From a Bad Hard Drive

I've had a couple of friends ask me if there's any way I could read family photos off a dying hard drive. Obviously, the best way to do this is to have a backup: then you can throw out the hard drive...

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Syndicated 2013-05-03 23:50:00 from The Daily Build

Generic Requirements for Build Scripts

A few years ago, I wrote Makefiles are Software Too, which laid out some "generic requirements" for any build scripts (Make, Ant, Scons, Fabric, etc) that you're writing. I still think those...

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Syndicated 2013-02-13 00:08:00 from The Daily Build

Gebildet: Writing Ebooks in Markdown

Last month I wrote a prototype markdown processor as part of learning the Icon programming language. This month I'm rewriting it as part of learning Go, but this time with the intention of...

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Syndicated 2013-02-03 14:24:00 from The Daily Build

Testing HTTP Basic Auth in Flask

I created a quick & dirty admin page for a flask-based website I'm working on, and I had to add HTTP authentication support for it. Doing this is easy. In the app, I add: import auth #...

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Syndicated 2013-01-31 04:29:00 from The Daily Build

A Small Project in Icon

(Background: 12 Projects in 2013) I wrote a bit about the general experience of programming in Icon a couple of weeks ago. This post is a brief post-mortem about a project that I tried to build...

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Syndicated 2013-01-26 21:30:00 from The Daily Build

Programming in Icon

(Background: 12 New Languages in 2012) Icon is a cool little programming language. It's worth learning, even if it isn't practical for daily use. Pros: Syntax is similar to C, which makes it easy...

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Syndicated 2013-01-15 01:11:00 from The Daily Build

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