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Archive for April, 2015

Data Dominates

Rule #5:

Data dominates. If you’ve chosen the right data structures and organized things well, the algorithms will almost always be self-evident. Data structures, not algorithms, are central to programming.

From Rob Pike’s 5 Rules of Programming.

Posted on April 20th, 2015 | Software

By Means of Comical Witticism

Mr. Einstein, writing to the highly esteemed Mrs. Curie:

P.S. I have determined the statistical law of motion of the diatomic molecule in Planck’s radiation field by means of a comical witticism, naturally under the constraint that the structure’s motion follows the laws of standard mechanics. My hope that this law is valid in reality is very small, though.

Posted on April 18th, 2015 | Life in General