Thursday, July 13, 2006

The Full-Geek Smack-Down

He posts so rarely, I just about missed this: my brother takes on Ruby On Rails. You geeks out there -- listen up!


DarkoV said...

I understood "Happy coding.". Other than that, I noticed sentences, commas, and paragraphs with words strewn in of the Anglo-Saxon variety. My eyes got foggy, however, thinking your brother had written the most succinct version of Beowulf I'd ever come across. I'll camp out at his posting until my comprehension of Beowulf is finally realized.

Oh, yeah.

Happy Coding.

Trent Reimer said...

A friend told me about the dread that came over him when he entered his second year of computer engineering. After picking up his books he looked down at the titles under his arm and realized, "This is it. I'm a real nerd now. My life is over."

DV - if you can read Beowulf in its original form you're officially my hero. WP would a knowlege of Platdeusch help?

Now if you guys could help me build a Beowulf cluster we'll all be on the same page!

DarkoV said...

Dear Mr. T. Reimer,
While my life's quest of being someone's (anyone's !!!) hero would be realized with a single lie to you by stating that I have read Beowulf in its original form, alas, a (potential) hero can not go down that road of Lies, Invention, & Perdition.

No, I never finished Beowulf, in any version. Mr. Cliff, or one of his lackeys, of his self-named Notes service did the dead for me. Frankly, reading the book made me feel as if I was in the trnches in WW I. You took some land, you lost some land. You advanced, you retreated. At the end of the week/month/year you were in the same place. The only difference was you weren't getting shot at and your feet didn't stink of rot.

As for the "hero" thing, I'll be having to peddle some other wares for that accolade.

..but, Happy Coding to you.

DarkoV said...


I liked your link as regards the Beowulf cluster. That little pic on the side from my alma mater, Mcgill U., was most appreciated. Perhaps a Beowulf-reading hero lurks within the wires and keyboards at ol' McGill!

DarkoV said...

Mr. T Reimer, following your link on Beowulf clusters, I came to this spot where I was blown over to read that there are still programmers writing in FORTRAN. I used to write FORTRAN ice ages ago. Am I to understand that as an almost official fossil, I can still achieve some gainful employment as a FORTRAN programmer? Not that I'd ever return to that land. Still, "open" and "options" are two of my favorite words to be concatenatin'.

Trent Reimer said...

DV See, now you're inching back towards that hero spot with your FORTRAN admissions.

I did not come into programming from any kind of academic background so it was a relief to discover that previous generations had already done most of the heavy lifting for us. The future of application development is clearly with simplified "runtime" languages and platforms.

Trent Reimer said...

*ahem* - to be clear that is "previous generation" only in terms of programming.