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Poetry in the Code

Source comments: A dialog through time

Posted by gregwarner, 14 April 2011 - - - - - - · 400 views

If you could hold a conversation with yourself from the future, would you do it?

That's largely what it feels like when I'm documenting my source code with comments. I'm a huge believer in documentation, almost to a religious degree. Sometimes, such as now with my current project, I'm faced with a challenging problem that I don't quite have the solution...

Reverse Polish Lisp: A charming misfit of a language

Posted by gregwarner, 05 April 2011 - - - - - - · 3710 views

I had the pleasure of receiving my first graphing calculator when I was in 9th grade geometry. In a world of TI-83's, I was the lone ranger armed with an HP 48G. My father gave it to me, and I absolutely loved it. I loved it because it operated in Reverse Polish Notation, and with my dad using HP's being an engineer, the acorn did not fall far from the...

The Ivory Tower of Programmers

Posted by gregwarner, 01 April 2011 - - - - - - · 487 views

I used to work as a customer care representative for a pharmacy, providing technical assistance to the pharmacists for their pharmacy and point of sale systems. There was a reoccurring problem in the point of sale software that would cause the system to lock up. (This system was AJAX-based and was developed in-house.) Whenever the software would lock up,...

Programming as a passion

Posted by gregwarner, 23 March 2011 - - - - - - · 338 views

I would say, unexhaustively, there are three types of programmers: those who program as a hobby, as a job, and as a passion.

I hesitate to call myself a passionate programmer, for the moment I do so, there is bound to be somebody whose passion for the art dwarfs mine to such an extent that I look like a mere script kiddie. Nevertheless, I do admire the...

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