Years ago, I lost my temper while arguing with my brother, and said, "Jeff, I could teach you everything I know and you'd still be an idiot." Please keep that in mind as you read this site.

Recent posts

Nine Episodes

The reason this blog has been quiet lately is that I’ve been focusing on getting some Software Carpentry lectures online. I’m pleased to say that the first n...
June 04, 2010

Concept Map

While re-designing the Software Carpentry course, I have realized that we rely over and over again on some underyling concepts that are hard to capture as le...
June 04, 2010

Who Reports On The Other 97 Per Cent?

The BBC has posted a nice graphic of the latest Top 500 list of supercomputers around the world. It's pretty impressive, particularly if you're a Linux fan (...
June 01, 2010

Jonathan Edwards’ "Mea Culpa"

I don’t agree with everything he says, but I do agree with this: ...what really matters in programming...is not...solving puzzles and being the brightest ki...
May 29, 2010

Say Hello to Chas

My Google Summer of Code student, Chas Leichner, started his project this week. His aim is to build a “record, annotate, and replay” extension for IDLE, so t...
May 29, 2010