Simon Willison’s Weblog

Friday, 2nd January 2009

Wikipedia over DNS. Added to my ~/bin/ directory as dns-wikipedia.sh: host -t txt $1.wp.dg.cx # 11:29 am

Antipatterns for sale. Twply collected over 800 Twitter usernames and passwords (OAuth can’t arrive soon enough) and was promptly auctioned off on SitePoint to the highest bidder. # 10:48 am

OSM 2008: A Year of Edits (via) Stunningly beautiful visualisation of the year in OpenStreetMap. # 10:34 am

The compiler only pays attention to the semicolons and braces while ignoring the line breaks and indentation, but humans usually only pay attention to the line breaks and indentation while ignoring the semicolons and braces. This gives the code the opportunity to lie about what it’s really doing. Consequently we need to take extra care when writing in C, Java, C++, C# etc.

Elliotte Rusty Harold # 10:26 am