Computers were originally tools used by people to get the answers they needed for their immediate problems, and for making it easier to get similar answers in the future. Indeed, this remains so for most people; "application development" is a spec... Read more
"A language that doesn't affect the way you think about programming is not worth knowing." – Alan Perlis. J has been an "emerging language" for 23 years. It's strange in appearance, and requires a style of thinking that feels awkward for a while. ... Read more
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Tracy Harms has worked in software development on and off since 1978. He presently helps create test automation for a major scientific document search service.