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.

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)

Hail Storm

We had an amazing hail storm in Sydney yesterday afternoon. I’ve never seen anything like it in Sydney, having thankfully been missed by the really damaging storm of a few years ago. At one point, as the hail increased in size we went out to put something over our car and copped a few hailstones to the head. Man, they really hurt. I think this just serves to confirm my feelings about the changes to the climate.

I think that I, like many Sydneysiders, reached for the camera to record the oddity. As I’m still living in the age of film, I won’t get my shots for a little while, so I thought I’d point you all at James’ site which has a nice picture. Time to go digital?