Joke - #svn in Search of the Holy Grail
The following took place at #svn (the Freenode Subversion channel), the other day:
<rindolf> sussman: don't say the BK-word... <clkao> dude, no one mentioned bk until you did <rindolf> clkao: <sussman> just like most of the decentralized SCMs, like arch, bitkeeper, etc. <rindolf> "We are the knights who say "BitKeeper"." <danderson> "We are NO LONGER the knights who say "BitKeeper". We are the knights who say "git git git cogito Linus!". <rindolf> danderson: "Subversion!". "Bleh, that's one word that the knights who say "git git git cogito Linus!" cannot hear." <rindolf> "What is your name?" "What is your quest?" "What is the asymptotic complexity of the Subversion delta algorithm." <rindolf> "Which one? vdelta or xdelta?" <danderson> what do you mean, xdelta or vdelta? <rindolf> "I don't know!" * rindolf falls into the chasm <danderson> "How come you know so much about delta algorithms? - Well, you have to know these things when you're a commiter."
Joke #2 - Everybody's Free (to Ping Timeout)
Essay - "When C is the Best? (Tool for the Job)"
I wrote an essay titled "When C is the Best? (Tool for the Job)". Eugenia Loli-Quero was kind enough to publicize it on OSNews.com where it sparked an active discussion. I also submitted it to Slashdot, but I didn't see it there yet. (maybe it was rejected). Two people sent me E-mails about the essay, and I replied back. :-)
There are some things that I'm still unhappy about this essay, but I decided to release it earlier than later.
I now have a list of my recommended non-fiction books on my homepage. They contain links to the book page on Amazon.com, with the associates program activated. Activating the Amazon associates program was not too hard, but registering a link to a product is a bit tedious and involves a lot of clicks. I wish there was a web service I could use to write a script that will do it for me. (If you know of such a thing, please enlighten me.)
For the record, I also placed a link to the online book, if such a version exists.
In the future, I'd like to complement this list with similar lists of recommended fiction books, movies and musical albums.
Perlmeme.org is a new site for Perl beginners. See the use.perl.org announcement for more information. It also sparked an active discussion in firstname.lastname@example.org. The site is primarily maintained by Simon Taylor and Becky Alcorn. I became involved with the site, as a proof-reader, back-end helper, and also some of my "Perl for Perl Newbies" material was incorporated there.
Please help spread the word, and if you are knowledgable about Perl, please join the developers' mailing list to monitor the discussions, give comments, and perhaps eventually even contribute something of your own.