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6 items tagged “whytheluckystiff”


you seem to think i’m random, but i’m only psuedorandom. you would be exactly this way, were you seeded at the very same time and place.

_why # 20th August 2009, 10:26 am

Eulogy to _why. The pseudonymous hacker/artist _why has deleted his online presence, apparently moving on to other things. John Resig explains why _why has been such an inspiration. # 20th August 2009, 9:57 am

why’s potion. why’s latest project is a small, fast language (JIT to x86/x86-64) which seems to take ideas from Ruby, Lua, Python and who knows where else. Everything is based around objects, closures and mixins, with the delightful inclusion of scoped mixins so you can modify an object only within a certain module (hence avoiding Ruby’s action-at-a-distance problems). # 8th January 2009, 6:37 pm


What amazes me is how close Ruby 1.9 bytecode and Python 2.5 bytecode are. Some things translate almost directly. [...] And, really, if that’s true (and I vouch that it is truly, truly true,) then how are Python and Ruby still on separate runtimes?

Why the lucky stiff # 5th May 2008, 10:14 pm

Sneaking Ruby Through Google App Engine (and Other Strictly Python Places). In a characteristic stroke of genius, _why makes a solid initial attempt at compiling Ruby 1.9 source to Python 2.5 bytecode. # 5th May 2008, 10:13 pm