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Comment on Strange Loop 2013 by Wilhelm Fitzpatrick

Mon, 23 Sep 2013 01:37:47 +0000

Thanks for the write up. Your tweets from the conference got me really intrigued, and I've added this to my list of things I should really look in to for next year. I'm going to have to look into Gershwin, because it my mind Forths and Lisps represent polar opposites in the philosophies of language design, so the idea of someone bringing them together is fascinating. Also, the stuff about programming styles is very interesting to me.

Comment on Strange Loop 2013 by Mike Loukides

Sun, 22 Sep 2013 13:19:55 +0000

On J: What goes around comes around. My first reaction to Perl (when tech reviewing draft of the 1st edition of the Camel book) was "This looks way too much like APL." And, while I loved APL back in the 70s, it taught me why write-only languages are a bad idea. I will be ROFL if, when we get to some hypothetical Perl 10, people say "This reminds me of J."

Comment on Google Contacts and CardDAV by ofirb

Sun, 23 Sep 2012 05:10:16 +0000

Looks like CardDAV is now supported by Google

Comment on Adobe wants to be the Microsoft of the Web by AIR, Flex and the Open Web | Salsita Software

Sat, 28 Jul 2012 11:09:24 +0000

[...] of the web. Criticism of Adobe for the proprietary nature of its technology is hardly novel. A widely read piece by Ted Leung calling Adobe the “Microsoft of the Web” is about to celebrate its first birthday: If [...]

Comment on Notes on A History of Erlang by links for 2008-06-03 « Internet Alchemy

Tue, 08 May 2012 19:40:40 +0000

[...] Notes on A History of Erlang Good summary of history of Erlang paper (tags: erlang history language) [...]

Comment on Strata 2011 by Strata 2012 « Ted Leung on the Air

Mon, 05 Mar 2012 21:38:28 +0000

[...] felt that the talks In the regular conference were weaker than last year. Part of that may be due to my talk selection – there were lots of tracks, and in some cases [...]

Comment on Clojure Conj 2011 by Raju Bitter

Tue, 14 Feb 2012 14:07:07 +0000

I'd loved to attend the conference, but couldn't make it. One of Sarah's colleagues at Laszlo, Tucker Withington ( made me learn Lisp - since he was always talking about the power of Lisp, macros, and the whole goodness of Lisp Machines. I never learned Lisp or Scheme, and was getting tired of not knowing what he was talking about... Starting with Common Lisp, I went on looking for a Java-based implementation of Lisp which I could run on Arm-powered embedded devices like PlugComputers, checked Kawa Scheme and others - and finally found Clojure. It's a fantastic approach to a Java-based Lisp, based on the limited Lisp experience I have. Tucker then sent me a copy of the book he co-authored when working for Harlequin on Dylan: "Dylan Programming - An Object-Oriented and Dynamic Language", which was an eye-opener. Reading that book I couldn't understand why Java has been adopted so much in the 90's. Many of Dylan's concept have made it into OpenLaszlo's LZX language, not surprising, since Oliver Steele (former OpenLaszlo director) worked on Dylan technology when he was at Apple. I love the ClojureScript cross-compilation feature, and think it would be a perfect combination to extend/modify OpenLaszlo as a pure HTML5 framework to integrate well with ClojureScript. Combining the power of OpenLaszlo's LZX with the robustness of functional programming in the browser - including the browser-connected REPL - would be extremely powerful.

Comment on NodeConf 2011 by JSConf and NodeConf - 2011 | Adam Christian

Thu, 19 Jan 2012 07:08:30 +0000

[...] hang out with some of the old OSAF gang, @towns, @twleung (who did two great writeups of JSConf and NodeConf), @mde, and @mikeal. It was interesting to hear all the different views on the attention explosion [...]

Comment on Blogaversary 2012 by orcmid

Mon, 09 Jan 2012 23:27:05 +0000

Wow! I had to go back and look. My first post is dated 2002-10-28. I am having trouble with my divided attention these days, too, plus needing to provide maintenance on my blogs, sites, projects, ... . I put a reminder to post on 2012-10-28. It will be an interesting time, just before the 2012 US Elections.

Comment on Blogaversary 2012 by MJ

Mon, 09 Jan 2012 19:54:36 +0000

I started following you a long time ago on your blog when you were making posts on Lisp and Dylan. I track over 200 feeds, and prune them from time to time--yours always stays in because I like the things you post about and like your personal take on what's going on in the technology world. These shifts of content creators moving into the walled gardens like Facebook and Google+ makes me sad. I don't want to be a product in their systems and don't want to add yet another destination for content which was solved by RSS a long time ago. Don't forget about us out here that care about open content.

Comment on NodeConf 2011 by Dave

Wed, 28 Dec 2011 19:01:52 +0000

The most significant issue with Node is cross-platform compatibility. The choice & binding to-to-the-death of Node to Google's V8 JavaScript engine is troubling to individuals who can not adopt Node, because Google's V8 does not run on their Open SPARC platform. There needs to be an effort to bring Node to SPARC. If this means more cooperation in the Mozilla V8Monkey, then so be it. It is best if the Node community could support this compatibility library. Node needs a complete ecosystem where Network Management systems, which have a long history of non-blocking infrastructure, are offered an alternative to Java for cross-platform Network Management tools. In the TelCo industry, this means Solaris, Windows, and Linux... it also means Intel and SPARC.

Comment on Adobe open sources Flex by Adobe abandonne Flex à la fondation Apache : Mistra Blog

Fri, 09 Dec 2011 21:11:33 +0000

[...] Flex Mobile qui sera dans les bacs pour 2012.[source]Quelques liens intéressants sur Flex:Adobe libère Flex (2007)Mauvaises compréhensions autour de FlexUne des nombreuses illustations résumant pourquoi Flex [...]

Comment on Clojure Conj 2011 by Eddie

Wed, 30 Nov 2011 21:03:32 +0000

Thanks for the writeup, very nice. A few questions: a.) the mention more than once of Clojure and Android, but why not iOS for the iPhone / iPad? If CouchDB can run on the iPhone why not Clojure based apps? b.) Some people like myself are fairly agnostic about languages, but as always there is learning curve involved (learning the libraries, syntax, etc.). What would be the #1 compelling case for using Clojure over other languages? For example, in my case, I've never been a big an of Java (but really liked Objective-C and have since also added Ruby to my repertoire). Is Clojure today considered bleeding edge or leading edge? Is it likely to have enough interest to grow those proverbial "legs" to sustain and have enough of the specialist eyeballs on it to make sure it thrives long-term? Cheers, -Eddie

Comment on Clojure Conj 2011 by SI Hayakawa

Thu, 17 Nov 2011 22:05:59 +0000

Nice write-up. Typo alert: "between it’s orientation around functional programming" -- should be possessive "its" (no apostrophe).

Comment on Clojure Conj 2011 by Ted Leung

Wed, 16 Nov 2011 17:26:00 +0000

Cristiano, the REPL you described was done by the speaker for the Android session.

Comment on Clojure Conj 2011 by Cristiano

Wed, 16 Nov 2011 16:13:46 +0000

When you said "The thought of talking to a REPL running on a phone, or tablet is a tasty one." it seemed to me you're not aware of the existing Clojure REPL for Android:

Comment on Clojure Conj 2011 by Sam Aaron

Wed, 16 Nov 2011 10:30:14 +0000

Great writeup! Just one minor point - the canonical URL for the Overtone repo is The repo you're pointing to is really rather old.

Comment on Clojure Conj 2011 by Ted Leung

Wed, 16 Nov 2011 05:53:27 +0000

Thanks Lindsey - I did know that, but somehow I messed up. It's fixed now.

Comment on Clojure Conj 2011 by orcmid

Wed, 16 Nov 2011 05:48:59 +0000

Nice summary. It looks like exciting work. I remember my first meeting with Dan Friedman. It was in a Stanford University cafeteria line at the first AAAI Conference and he was talking about the excitement around Doug Hofstadter's dissertation (soon to be a very famous book). I believe it was also the occasion of the first-ever Lisp and Functional Programming Conference. I love this area so much, I need to figure out why I don't spend more of my life immersed in it.

Comment on Clojure Conj 2011 by Lindsey Kuper

Wed, 16 Nov 2011 05:35:32 +0000

Thanks for the update! It's actually Indiana University, not University of Indiana. :) Here's a link to our PL research group.