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08 Jun 2008
Significant White Space

The significance and formatting of whitespace in source code is a religious issue. Essentially, that means that opinions and intense personal preferences far outweigh any rational thoughts on the matter. That said, here’s my contribution to all the noise and furor. Some of you may remember column-sensitive programming languages like RPG and FORTRAN, where particular […]

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13 Apr 2008
Quick and Dirty Perl – #001

Recently a coworker requested a quick and dirty way to extract a list of successfully delivered email addresses from a qmail log file. A message had been sent to several hundred recipients at example.com. Unfortunately, one if the domain’s two MX hosts would permanently reject messages, while the other would defer some messages because it […]

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23 Nov 2000
Elimination of ‘DLL Hell’, correction of fatal flaws, and reinventing the Internet

First, there was the Windows API and DLL Hell. Revolution #1 was … Read Ron Burk’s hilarious “A Brief History of Windows Programming Revolutions” (Editor’s Forum, Windows Developer’s Journal, December 2000). [update 2000-12-30]Because the “Editor’s Forum” URL is always for the current month, this is a local copy (with permission). [update 2009-03-21]My local copy of […]

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