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  • Blog Post: The Solution To The Simple Puzzle

    The first time I ran my histogram visualizer I asked for a Cauchy distribution with a minimum of -10 and a maximum of 10, and of course I got a graph that looks much like the one from my article of last week: Looks perfectly reasonable; I guess my program is correct right out of the gate, because I am...
  • Blog Post: A Simple Puzzle

    My original version of the histogram-generating code that I whipped up for the previous episode of FAIC contained a subtle bug. Can you spot it without going back and reading the corrected code? private static int[] CreateHistogram(IEnumerable<double> data, int buckets, double min, double max)...
  • Blog Post: A Book By Any Other Name Would Smell As Sweet

    As you might have gathered from my previous posts on the subject, I occasionally edit technical books as a hobby. It’s nice having a hobby that pays money instead of costing money. And I always learn something from every book. Many years ago, on one of my first editing gigs, the editor asked me my...
  • Blog Post: An apology

    I posted an article recently entitled "The Managed Languages Team is Hiring", and the response I received was nigh overwhelming. Dozens of resumes and CVs from industry professionals, researchers and students poured in. It was very gratifying, and I was excited to get so many great leads. I collected...
  • Blog Post: Inside or Outside?

    Here's a question I was asked recently which I got wrong. This is why I always encourage Microsofties to ask the entire C#/VB/whatever-interest-group their question, rather than directing it to me specifically. The question was which is "better"? (The following code snippets are not nested inside...
  • Blog Post: What is the relationship between global object enumerators, execution contexts, activation objects, variable objects and this?

    UPDATE: I am WRONG WRONG WRONG . Brendan Eich, the original creator of JavaScript, was kind enough to point out at great length that I was WRONG WRONG WRONG in my conclusions earlier today. Somehow I managed to miss the key section in the spec -- my search-fu is not all its cracked up to be apparently...
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