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  • Blog Post: Asynchrony in C# 5, Part Three: Composition

    I was walking to my bus the other morning at about 6:45 AM. Just as I was about to turn onto 45th street, a young man, shirtless, covered in blood ran down 45th at considerable speed right in front of me. Behind him was another fellow, wielding a baseball bat. My initial thought was "holy goodness, I...
  • Blog Post: How to make little girls scream like… well, like little girls

    [No technology today, so if you're only here for the witty banter about programming languages, skip this one.] Leah and I spent the week before Halloween volunteering at Nightmare At Beaver Lake , a haunted-house-style attraction that runs along the trails in Beaver Lake Park, just on the other side...
  • Blog Post: Revenge of The Cycle Detector

    Mike Schinkel takes even longer to get to the point than I do, and that's saying something! Mike tells a long story about another application of partial order sorts , and asks how to modify the partial order sort algorithm so that it has a new property. Namely, in addition to returning a list ordered...
  • Blog Post: Attack of the Undead Cycle Detector

    My old friend Rob made some comments on yesterday's post which deserve to be called out: Consider a software application that is extensible with plug-ins. If some of the plug-ins are dependent on others, then a partial sort is required to determine the order in which they are loaded so that...
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