Learning from Ada

This is a cautionary tale. One of youth and a lesson I eventually learned but still often don't heed. About how sometimes, the tool that is easiest to get started with isn’t the tool that will make your job the easiest. When I was getting started as a professional…

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Pony Patterns: Waiting

I am a patient boy. I wait, I wait, I wait, I wait. My time is water down a drain Everybody's moving. Everybody's moving. Everything is moving, moving, moving, moving Please don't leave me to remain. In the waiting room --- Ian MacKaye How do you wait when you can't…

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Inside the Pony TCP Stack

In this post, we are going to take a look at how Pony implements its TCP stack. The API for Pony's networking stack is callback and event driven. I've previously written about network programming in Pony and showed how to implement a simple echo server. We didn't, however, dive too…

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Deconstructing a Pony echo server

Lately I've been diving into learning Pony in a more organized fashion. As part of that, I've decided to share the experience along the way. If you aren't familiar with Pony then you probably won't get much from this post. If you are interested in a high performance, safe, actor…

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Of Debt and Decisions

Back in the salad days of the 1990's, I was working at a company that was building the hot product of the day: an intranet. Every company wanted an intranet. We'd built several for different client before deciding to create a white labelable intranet that would be the delight of…

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