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Heron-Centric: Ruminations of a Language Designer
A Weblog by Christopher Diggins
Christopher is the creator of the Heron programming language.
B. Scott Andersen
Vladimir Ritz Bossicard
James O. Coplien
Cees de Groot
David Heinemeier Hansson
Jakob Eg Larsen
Robert C. Martin
John D. Mitchell
Eric S. Raymond
Guido van van Rossum
Richard Hale Shaw
July 15, 2005, 12 comments
Everything I know about programming in bullet form.
July 14, 2005, 29 comments
YAGNI stands for "You aren't going to need it", and is a fundamental anti-principle of the Agile software development philosophy. However designs which plan for change are not YAGNI's.
July 11, 2005, 14 comments
The next Heron release will be replacing the interface construct with the concept construct.
July 9, 2005, 19 comments
Why don't open source developers just put their code into the public domain?
July 2, 2005, Submit comment
YARD, the compile-time recursive descent parser generation framework has spwaned its first offspring, Biscuit.
July 1, 2005, 3 comments
I have decided to focus my energies on making sure the next version of Heron is a lot more practical. I have decided to put aside some of my more ambitious features and return to the basics of a succesful language: tools, libraries, and ease of use.
June 26, 2005, 14 comments
I have been thinking about making functions and classes equivalent in Heron, but I can't figure out where I stole the idea from.
June 21, 2005, 2 comments
Here is some Java code which uses the BCEL to convert a class file into java byte code.
June 21, 2005, 1 comment
I have recently updated my constrained_value class which among other things allows one to easily define range checking integers.
June 20, 2005, 2 comments
Until relatively recently programming languages have fit neatly into either "imperative" or "functional" categories. Scala represents a new breed of language which obliterates these arbitrary restrictions.
June 17, 2005, 7 comments
Recently Maksym Motornyy proposed on the Boost mailing list, a macro library for typesafe enums. This is not the first time someone has suggested macros for enhancing macros. I wish to demonstrate that you don't have to resort to macros for typesafe enums.
May 23, 2005, 1 comment
I have been talking a lot about methods for contract verification lately, so I decided to share a real-world example involving an arbitrary precision integer.
May 22, 2005, 8 comments
The C++ functional header provides a way to bind values to function arguments. Here is a way to bind functions to function arguments using a technique I'm calling meta-binders for lack of a better term.
May 14, 2005, 1 comment
Here is a method for for representing and computing rows and columns at compile-time, and to do matrix multiplication accordingly. (trickier than it might sound)