miércoles, 8 de julio de 2020


This is so amazing I don't want to lose it:

A Smalltalk-80 VM written in LuaJIT, that boots the images from the eighties:

Approachable tutorial on JITs. The second part talks about metatracing.

I recently discovered this guy and he's awesome. Haven't particularly examined this repo, but please, also check out his other stuff.

lunes, 29 de junio de 2020

Checking Password Strength in 10 Lines

Talking about dependencies, there's this simple case:

To check password strength, we want different min lenghts for passwords depending if they have lower, upper, numbers, and simbols.

For this, there's passwdqc that allows you to do it in a very simple way,  but, do you really need a library?
Here's the minimalistic implementation I came up with, which I think is pretty decent, and again, has some nice property I can't quite describe.  The code is lua, but it can of course be translated to anything.

It has minimum lenghts for the passwords depending on the amount of different classes of characters it contains. If it only contains 1 type, we don't accept. for 2, minimum length 24,....
   local str = io.read('*l')
   local d = str:match("[0-9]") and 1 or 0
   local down = str:match("[a-z]") and 1 or 0
   local up = str:match("[A-Z]") and 1 or 0
   local s = str:match("[!@#$^&*()_=+-]") and 1 or 0
   local l = #str
   local defs = {math.huge, 24, 11, 9}

viernes, 26 de junio de 2020

Some Thoughts on Ergonomics and Compression

A recent personal take on ergonomics and compression:

Why is vim so addictive, and somehow it's difficult to explain to non vim fanatics? I think it's a reification of the process of walking through a text file and doing stuff to it. A concrete way to talk about processes onto text files. Some feel it is strictly superior to GUIs because you can get ahold of it. you can write it down, put it in a postcard, and you have a handle to it. You type it again and it works. there's no syntax or fuzziness or stuff that can go wrong (TM).

Next question: Can you ahold an algorithm in your head? in the same concrete way you hold 'yypVr-'?

I'm lately quite interested in Array Languages and I'm reading some snippets of Apl/J/K. And the feeling is the same. Everything else looks so wasteful and error prone like the point-and-click looks to vimmers.

Shuffling a vector – breaking ⍵ down into ⍺ pieces from which another vector is built by merging. E.g. if is 'abcdefghij' and is 3, the pieces are 'abcd', 'efg', and 'hij', and the result is 'aehbficgjd':


The ergonomics are pretty different from what we're used to, but there's definitely an emergent property there. It's not just "it's shorter to type".

martes, 26 de mayo de 2020

Perl & Ruby do APL

So recently I saw a couple of posts that mention APL approaches to problems. The cool thing is that I saw those in a Perl related forum and a Ruby one.

- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UBl6t7zNfwE
- https://zverok.github.io/blog/2020-05-16-ruby-as-apl.html

jueves, 7 de mayo de 2020

Temporally Quaquaversal Virtual Nanomachine

I've enjoyed this talk so much I'm gonna post it here: Great as always, Damian Conway doing his particular 'GEB' on physics and programming: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORjyXcLDd9M

Also, Keep Ruby Weird 2018, the same as !!Con, very interesting talks.

miércoles, 6 de mayo de 2020

Recreational vimming

When I have to do some sort of development or file editing inside a container, I usually have vim there but not emacs. docker-tramp is very useful but sometimes I just want to edit there.
The .vimrc I have in my container has only one line (I can't function without it):
imap jk 
Let's say I'm editing a lua script. After I've saved and c-z and run the file several times, I realize what I want is to have is:
:nore ,rr :!lua %
Then I can test it much quicker. But I realize I'm always :w before,rr. Colon, up, and modify the line to:
:nore ,rr :w:!lua %
Accidentally I quit vim and realize I have to set that again, so I go to my vimrc and add this:
nore ,rr :w:!lua %
nore ,vimrc :e ~/.vimrc
nore ,so :source ~/.vimrc
With this I have a pretty nice way to iteratively finetune my config. After some lua editing, the only thing I need to do often (and not provided by the excellent vim default functionality) is to comment and uncomment code.
nore ,cc :s/^/--/
nore ,cu :s/^\( *\)--/\1/
This gives normal and visual comment/uncomment functionality, and enough interactivity to build your ad-hoc shortcuts as you go.
This is an example that just happened yesterday, and the nice thing is that it grows and flows from 0. I couldn't get to this amount of functionality from an emacs -Q in such a small time. It has such a different feeling to configuring emacs. It reminds me of my Perl days, it's fun and quick. And the language is very orthogonal, with very few abstractions. It's the APL of text editing.

This is my take on this reddit thread. 

domingo, 26 de abril de 2020

What's in a git merge conflict?

There's something that was bothering me lately about git conflicts:

How come git knows which side is which, and when there is a conflict or where there isn't?

I have the notion of the common ancestor to base the versions off of, but when people do heavy cherry-picking (which is mostly a single branch operation).... how come git reconciles the contents?

Well... as usual, things in git are..... simpler?