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.

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IBM, Python, and the Blues

I gave a talk about Python at IBM's Toronto lab yesterday. It seemed to go pretty well---Paul Buck, who'd invited me out there, said that his group in IBM s...
October 20, 2004

Bayesian Filtering for Newsgroups?

Paul Gries and I were working at the same desk this morning. He was paging through dozens of posts to the bulletin board for a first-year course, many of wh...
October 14, 2004

Virtual Internet Appliances

I had mail from Joel Spolsky yesterday in response to my postings about how difficult it is to get a working Java web development environment set up. His su...
October 14, 2004

Apt and Extensible Programming

Over in the java.net community forums, Bruce Chapman suggests that we deprecate javac in the next major Java release. Yup, that’s right: no more javac. Ins...
October 13, 2004