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  • Blog Post: Five-Dollar Words For Programmers, Part Four: Boustrophedonic

    Here’s an almost useless but thoroughly delightful five-dollar word. English of course is read left-to-right. Hebrew and Arabic are read right-to-left. A text is boustrophedonic if it reads left-to-right and right-to-left, alternating . It’s from the Greek βουστροφηδόν meaning “as the ox turns”; you...
  • Blog Post: Santalic tailfans, part two

    As I have said before many times , there is only one sensible way to make a performant application. (As an aside: perfectly good word, performant, deal with it!) That is: Set meaningful, measurable, customer-focused goals. Write the code to be as clear and correct as possible. Carefully measure your...
  • Blog Post: A nasality talisman for the sultana analyst

    The other day my charming wife Leah and I were playing Scrabble Brand Crossword Game (a registered trademark of Hasbro and Mattel) as is our wont. I went first, drawing the Q and a bunch of vowels. Knowing that the Q is death to hold onto, I immediately opened with QI for 22 points. I silently thanked...
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