Cenqua at SDWest

A couple of the guys from Cenqua headed over to the US for SDWest. If you are there, drop in to booth 419 and say hi. Sumo baby.

Vale Dave Allen

I just read that Dave Allen has died. How sad. I remember laughing so much watching his show when we were kids. Isn’t laughter such good medicine. I hope he had a peaceful ending.

Still kicking …

I thought I should make a small entry to say that both my blog and I are still alive. In fact I have been meaning to update my blogging software (probably to wordpress). Whenever I get the inclination to blog, I revisit that desire which puts me off writing the blog entry.

If you’ve got any recommendations on blogging software, please let me know.


FishEye has been public for a while now but I thought I’d write a quick note about from my perspective as a user. FishEye was recently released by the company I work for, Cenqua. I’ve not been involved in FishEye development but I have been using it for ages in my Clover.NET project work. We’re big on eating our own dogfood, as they say.
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ICFP Results

As I mentioned previously, I made an entry for ICFP 2004 and today the results were announced. My best result put me in 195th place which I don’t consider too bad for a solo effort (ok, I’m rationalizing, here).

What I did find interesting, however, was the distribution of languages used. Besides the functional programming languages, which you’d expect to find in this competition (such as OCaml and Haskell), it’s interesting to note a few things.

  • C++ is still very popular
  • Java is popular too. Who said it wasn’t used by hackers?
  • Java looks to be more popular than C# in this population
  • Somebody used bash – what a legend

Ok, it’s not a statistically significant sample, of course, and I’ve just highlighted the relative standings of the languages with which I’m most familiar (all you Python and Lisp fans can draw your own conclusions), but it is interesting to see the language choices of a group where I think most of the entrants would consider themselves hackers (or at least people who code for enjoyment)