The Life of a Programmer


What is a System Language?

Not all languages are made with the same purpose in mind. When it comes to designing a new language like Leaf, it’s important to choose

What is a closure?

Closures have been around a long time yet have experienced a resurgence in the last decade. They were first implemented in the functional language Scheme

A trail through custom languages

How often does one need to write a custom language? Many projects often shun them, but I think domain specific languages are important. They offer

Can a language be safe?

Some languages hand us sharp knives and encourage us to play with them. Other languages put us in padded rooms and discourage us from doing

The Necessity of Exceptions

Exceptions often get a bad rap. They are called ineffective, inefficient, and hard to work with. In a way such accusations aren’t unfair, as most

How Polymorphism Works: Part 1

Polymorphism: the core of object oriented programming. Most modern languages have some concept of interfaces, virtual functions, and classes. Though each language differs in details,