Linked by RandomGuy on Wed 10th Jun 2009 20:00 UTC
General Development This series is aimed at programming language aficionados. There's a lot of very abstract writing about programming languages and a lot of simple minded "language X sux!" style blog posts by people who know next to nothing about programming. What I feel is sorely missing is a kind of article that deliberately sacrifices the last 10% of precision that make the theoretical articles dry and long winded but still makes a point and discusses the various trade offs involved. This series is meant to fill that void and hopefully start a lot of discussions that are more enlightening than the articles themselves. I will point out some parallels in different parts of computing that I haven't seen mentioned as well as analyze some well known rules of thumb and link to interesting blogs and articles.
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RE: Benefit of the doubt
by MacTO on Wed 10th Jun 2009 22:06 UTC in reply to "Benefit of the doubt"
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I didn't set out to write the most perfect explanation of big O notation or templates. That was never the point of this article.

It seems as though a lot of people were left scratching their head over this one. I was left wondering if it was an analogy, because big O notation has nothing to do with programming languages. It is about algorithms, and algorithms are language neutral (though their implementations clearly aren't language netural).

You may want to look at things like context free grammars, and non-deterministic finite automaton in order to understand how programming languages work. Once you can explain that in a clear and concise manner for the layman, maybe you'd have a happier following.

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RE[2]: Benefit of the doubt
by RandomGuy on Wed 10th Jun 2009 22:25 in reply to "RE: Benefit of the doubt"
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It is an analogy.

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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:

How is that not obvious?

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