Archive for September 13th, 2006

You are just a click away…

September 13, 2006

From the doors of  heaven — 359 Free Unix/Linux books; link via Digg. (On a personal note, I have to confess that the doors of heaven did not open for me on clicking — I got a problem loading page message. I am hoping that the good karma of my linking to the page will allow me access to the site later — after enough of you benefit from my link 😉

BASIC? … Really? Na!

September 13, 2006

That was my response on reading an article in Salon titled Why Johny can’t code. I think, Eric Raymond‘s advice in his How to become a hacker is what one should follow: Begin with Python. Here is another recommendation for Python (I know, I know; the recommendation is one line in the appendix. But, the article is good reading). Probably, a visit to this page of Bruce Eckel is also a good starting point!

Anyway, all this gives me a chance to link to three articles about what real programmers do, or not do, in the order in which I like them:

  1. The story of Mel (a must read)
  2. Real programmers don’t eat Quiche
  3. Real programmers don’t use Pascal

While we are at it, why not read this interview with Bjarne Stroustrup 😀

Reco for a classic!

September 13, 2006

This review of the book Mastering Regular Expressions has made me a fan of regexps, and made me want learn Perl!

The man who made surgeries safer!

September 13, 2006

Aetiology tells us about the doctor who introduced handwashing for doctors and washing surgical instruments, and, in the process, lost his job (twice) and died disgraced, in an asylum; also, why Semmelweis is not like ID advocates. Well, I have Semmelweis Reflex for ID anyway 🙂