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2009-05-11
by earl, 3778 days ago
"1972 - Dennis Ritchie invents a powerful gun that shoots both forward and backward simultaneously. Not satisfied with the number of deaths and permanent maimings from that invention he invents C and Unix."

The quote is from James Iry's absolutely hilarious "A Brief, Incomplete, and Mostly Wrong History of Programming Languages". Read it now! (Unless you're someplace where laughing out loud will be frowned upon.) ~

Slava Pestov on porting the native runtime part of Factor from C to C++: "Ever since Factor lost its JVM dependency in mid-2004, the VM has been written in C [..]. Over time, I've noticed that a few things in the VM source code seem to be hard to express and error-prone in straight C. I've been thinking about switching to C++ for a long time, and now I've finally decided to bite the bullet and do it. I'm pleased with the result, and other than a longer compile time for the VM, I don't have any complaints so far."

A few small improvements to esa: the width of the search sidebox is now fixed for the reference browser (which is mine, of course :). After you've rejoiced over the newly-gained vertical space in the sidebar, please welcome the mightily nifty "wayback" sidebox, which goes back, way back in time. Well, actually it links to weblog entries that were posted on the current day over the years. But I guess you'd have guessed that. (And obviously, Dave Winer had this for ages. Credit, where credit is due.) Finally, the "weblog related" sideboxes, wayback and recent-comments, that is, will now be shown on all weblog-related snips, the start page, all weblog snips and their comment pages, that is. Exactly how it should be, no?
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