Working on a new feature in Metals where you can auto implement all the abstract methods in concrete class at one time.
This has led to innumerable errors, vulnerabilities, and system crashes, which have probably caused a billion dollars of pain and damage in the last forty years.
-- Tony Hoare
I call it my billion-dollar mistake. It was the invention of the null reference in 1965. At that time, I was designing the first comprehensive type system for references in an object oriented language (ALGOL W). My goal was to ensure that all use of references should be absolutely safe, with checking performed automatically by the compiler. But I couldn't resist the temptation to put in a null reference, simply because it was so easy to implement... pt1
No inks today so it’s a #penciltober from me.
I've had to do a deep dive into ASTs lately for working with Metals and this has been so helpful.
Zoran Mušič - Nous ne sommes pas les derniers (We Are Not the Last) (1973)
rule of parsimony
Write a big program only when it is clear by demonstration that nothing else will do.
Interesting video on why functional programming isn't the norm by Richard Feldman
If you're at all into Scala, take a look at Metals (A language server for Scala). I've had the privilege to work on it lately, and I love the idea behind the language server protocol (https://microsoft.github.io/language-server-protocol/). It's also been cool to work on something I didn't think I had the skills understand.
Merveilles is a community project aimed at the establishment of new ways of speaking, seeing and organizing information — A culture that seeks augmentation through the arts of engineering and design. A warm welcome to any like-minded people who feel these ideals resonate with them.