Turing’s single-celled millions-old ancestors are Turing-complete. Oxytricha and Stylonychia, two ciliated protozoans, are Turing-complete biocomputers that rewrite their DNA to perform calculations. They’ve been at it for several million years. Keen. Link Discuss (via Coherence Engine) via [Boing Boing Blog]
Turnabout is fair play: Sun tool targets Microsoft. At its JavaOne conference next month, Sun Microsystems will demonstrate a tool designed to simplify Java programming and steer users of Microsoft’s .Net tools to Java. via [CNET News.com]
“….even though he’s been programming in a loosely-typed environment (Ruby) for quite a while now, he’s not found himself making the stupid mistakes that the strongly-typed environment is supposed to be protecting us from….” via [The Mountain of Worthless Information] The other day, while trying to enumerate the advantages of strong typing, it struck me […]
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Idiot Judge via [snellspace]
F#: Microsoft’s new language is CAML for .NET. CAML is a functional language, a family of languages that include Scheme, Miranda, and Haskell, and which emphasize the evaluation of expressions, rather than the execution of commands. If that seems esoteric, it’s because functional programming is more of a mindset than a technology: you can write functionally in […]
I’ve pretty much given up on the community starter kit from asp.net. I’m building a site dedicated to software for the Tablet PC (InkPositive.com), and hoped the starter kits could jumpstart me, especially regarding discussion boards. But in addition to being buggy (the kits are still in beta, and I would say they have at […]