Robert A. Uhl

Why I love emacs

A great blog entry explains why emacs is so incredibly cool. Imagine an operating system where you can switch from writing code to browsing the web or chatting without leaving a consistent environment, with the same set of commands and shortcuts. Imagine a set of integrated applications where data is seamlessly shared, where any single functionality can be tweaked, extended and adapted to your particular needs. Where everything is easily scriptable. Read more →

Why I love emacs

A great blog entry explains why emacs is so incredibly cool. Imagine an operating system where you can switch from writing code to browsing the web or chatting without leaving a consistent environment, with the same set of commands and shortcuts. Imagine a set of integrated applications where data is seamlessly shared, where any single functionality can be tweaked, extended and adapted to your particular needs. Where everything is easily scriptable. Read more →

Scheme vs. Common Lisp

Many years ago I started to get into Scheme, an academic programming language which was supposed to become the official language of the GNU Project; it was this which drew me to it. After all, if the GNU Project would be using it everywhere, then it’d serve me well to learn it ASAP. Scheme’s an interesting member of the Lisp family; code is represented as a list which may itself be manipulated. Read more →

Scheme vs. Common Lisp

Many years ago I started to get into Scheme, an academic programming language which was supposed to become the official language of the GNU Project; it was this which drew me to it. After all, if the GNU Project would be using it everywhere, then it’d serve me well to learn it ASAP. Scheme’s an interesting member of the Lisp family; code is represented as a list which may itself be manipulated. Read more →

In praise of Common Lisp

Years ago in school I was introduced to Lisp; my opinion was not very favourable. It appeared to be a goofy theoretical language, useful for exploring functional programming and maybe for AI work, but not for solving real-world problems. I don’t believe that I’m alone in having gotten that impression; for some reason all too many college CS programmes focus on teaching C and Java. Be that as it may, I had the sneaking suspicion that Lisp might actually be far more practical than it had appeared. Read more →

In praise of Common Lisp

Years ago in school I was introduced to Lisp; my opinion was not very favourable. It appeared to be a goofy theoretical language, useful for exploring functional programming and maybe for AI work, but not for solving real-world problems. I don’t believe that I’m alone in having gotten that impression; for some reason all too many college CS programmes focus on teaching C and Java. Be that as it may, I had the sneaking suspicion that Lisp might actually be far more practical than it had appeared. Read more →

What the heck is … ?

I saw on Sci-Fi Hi-Fi that Dan Sugalski has written a wonderful series of introductory articles on somewhat advanced subjects. I don’t agree with all he writes, but it’s well worth reading. 07 February 2018: updated URL Read more →

What the heck is … ?

I saw on Sci-Fi Hi-Fi that Dan Sugalski has written a wonderful series of introductory articles on somewhat advanced subjects. I don’t agree with all he writes, but it’s well worth reading. 07 February 2018: updated URL Read more →