will walk you through the weirdest thing: Flickr's mysterious obsession with Pandas (previously on MeFi: Link
posted by lipsum
on Mar 8, 2009 -
Tech publisher O'Reilly
editors discuss the role of hard work and practice
in programming and learning in general. "One aspect of learning programming that often eludes both students and teachers alike is the importance of practice, of actually working through all of these formal structures we teach. Most of our books, in a way, offer a promise of learning that avoids the slow repetition of practice."
posted by needled
on Dec 23, 2008 -
is an open source real-time animation software, designed to create animations, interactive background projections for concerts, theatre and dance performances.
posted by Blazecock Pileon
on Dec 8, 2008 -
is a series of challenging mathematical/computer programming problems that will require more than just mathematical insights to solve. Although mathematics will help you arrive at elegant and efficient methods, the use of a computer and programming skills will be required to solve most problems."
Started in 2001 as a sub-section of Maths Challenge
, it has since grown large enough to become its own entity. It now boasts over 200 problems, many of them insanely difficult. [more inside]
posted by mystyk
on Oct 13, 2008 -
is now out of beta. Designed as a question and answer forum for programmers, it's been made to fill the gap currently filled by sites like the much hated and oft mispronounced Expertsexchange
. If you're sick of having to scroll to the bottom
, and you write code, then this could be for you. The site has been made by a team headed by Jeff Atwood
and Joel Spolsky
. These are two uber-bloggers who've made a name for themselves talking about how to code. Of course, for haters of Stack Overflow, there are already a couple
to pamper to your anger. Finally, if you're wondering what a stack overflow
is, then wikipedia has the answer.
posted by seanyboy
on Sep 15, 2008 -
"Double-Taker (Snout)" by Golan Levin with Lawrence Hayhurst, Steven Benders and Fannie White "...deals in a whimsical manner with the themes of trans-species eye contact, gestural choreography, subjecthood, and autonomous surveillance. The project consists of an eight-foot (2.5m) long industrial robot arm, costumed to resemble an enormous inchworm or elephant's trunk, which responds in unexpected ways to the presence and movements of people in its vicinity...." Googly Eyebot
) [more inside]
posted by Kronos_to_Earth
on Aug 13, 2008 -
If you could use a great big free handbook of discrete math and algorithms, Jörg Arndt's fxtbook
wants to be your friend. Plain text table of contents
to whet your appetite.
posted by Wolfdog
on Mar 5, 2008 -
"This is the story of when I re-wrote the Lotus Notes Formula Engine....
So here was I was, offered this position that I clearly wasn't qualified for. I had no experience with language runtimes or compilers, I knew very little about C and didn't know anything about C++, I had never dealt with platform byte ordering and packing and all the other issues associated with writing something for eight different operating systems, I had never even used proper version control. But none of that mattered to me. It seemed to me like an amazing opportunity and I would be doing exactly the kind of stuff I enjoy most..."
posted by grumblebee
on Nov 24, 2007 -
is a work in progress which aims to recognize online stupidity
programmatically. Keep in mind we grade stupidity on a scale of 1 to 5. Someone might get a 1 or 2 for a comment that used no punctuation, whereas a comment consisting of nothing but text message abbreviations with a dash of LOLLLLL thrown in for good measure would probably rate a solid 4 or 5. There is a certain amount of subjectivity, and our software is aware of that; scoring will be normalized to eliminate excessively generous or harsh estimations of stupidity.
Read some examples of "the tyranny of idiocy" in their collection of Random Stupidity
posted by amyms
on Oct 18, 2007 -
It's not a bug, it's a feature: Carolin Horn has designed Anymails
, which represents your email messages and folders as micro-organisms. The morphology of the individual organisms and their behaviour within colonies imparts information about the state of your email. You can view QT movies of the application in action (1
), download her thesis
, and download the Anymails code
itself. See some of her other work here
(predominantly in German). via Madame Martin, the "French Metafilter"
posted by Rumple
on Aug 31, 2007 -
Ever read a blog post, and think, "I wish I wrote that"? For all the Mefites with the many AskMe questions about "can I/should I/how should I learn to/ be a computer programmer", here's a pretty good explication of how good
programing is done: Holding a Program in One's Head
posted by orthogonality
on Aug 24, 2007 -
"How I Became A Programmer"
veers between linear biography and brain dump. The piece meanders through its theme, stopping along the way to flirt with word origins, family politics, the senior prom, Japan, airlines and military recruitment. Reading it, I felt trapped inside inside an extremely quirky -- yet recognizable (in a too-close-for-comfort way) -- mind. About half the time I yearned to tell him that he needs an editor; the other half, I was grateful that he didn't have one. Mostly, I'm amazed he HAD a date to the senior prom!
posted by grumblebee
on Aug 18, 2007 -
In this century, you may have dozens of programming languages lurking on your machine. But how to use them?? A fundamental secret! Well, no more. We cannot stand for that. Hackety Hack
will not stand to have you in the dark!
Now with 100% more MeFi.
posted by signal
on Apr 26, 2007 -
“I wanted to try to capture the intelligence of the design, not just the outcome of the design.”
“In 1977, [Donald] Knuth halted research on his books for what he expected to be a one-year hiatus. Instead, it took 10. Accompanied by [his wife] Jill, Knuth took design classes from Stanford art professor Matthew Kahn. Knuth, trying to train his programmer’s brain to think like an artist’s, wanted to create a program [TeX
] that would understand why each stroke in a typeface would be pleasing to the eye.”—from a profile of Knuth
in the Stanford Magazine (May '06)
calls him “computing’s philosopher king
” (Sep '99)
. NPR’s Morning Edition
interviews Knuth as “the founding artist of computer science
” (Mar '05)
. Perhaps a MeFite somewhere has one of these
posted by Ethereal Bligh
on Apr 23, 2007 -
co-founder of Palm
and Handspring, has started a new company, called Numenta
, to test his controversial theory
of intelligence. Whether you find his theory plausible or not, his book
, "On Intelligence
" is fascinating. Numenta is attempting to build A.I.s using Hawkins' theory as a backbone. They've developed a software engine and a Python
-based API, which they've made public (as free downloads
), so that hackers can start playing. They've also released manuals
, a whitepaper
(pdf) and videos [1
]. (At about 30:18 into the first video, Hawkins demonstrates, with screenshots, the first app which uses his system.)
posted by grumblebee
on Apr 4, 2007 -