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Four short links: 17 December 2013

By Nat Torkington
December 16, 2013

WebGraph — a framework for graph compression aimed at studying web graphs. It provides simple ways to manage very large graphs, exploiting modern compression techniques. (via Ben Lorica) Learn to Program with Minecraft Plugins — You’ll need to add features …

Transformative Programming

By Simon St. Laurent
October 16, 2013

“Small pieces loosely joined,” David Weinberger’s appealing theory of the Web, has much to say to programmers as well. It always inspires me to reduce the size of individual code components. The hard part, though, is rarely the “small” – …

The stories behind a few O'Reilly "classics"

By Tim O'Reilly
February 17, 2012

Tim O'Reilly: "It's amazing to me how books I first published more than 20 years ago are still creating value for readers."

The stories behind a few O'Reilly "classics"

The stories behind a few O'Reilly
By Tim O'Reilly
February 17, 2012

Tim O'Reilly: "It's amazing to me how books I first published more than 20 years ago are still creating value for readers."

On Dennis Ritchie: A conversation with Brian Kernighan

By Andy Oram
October 30, 2011

I talked on Friday with Brian Kernighan about Dennis Ritchie, who sadly passed away two weeks ago at the age of 70. To a large extent, Ritchie completed what he started.

Dennis Ritchie's legacy of elegantly useful tools

By Mike Loukides
October 29, 2011

"UNIX is basically a simple operating system, but you have to be a genius to understand the simplicity," Dennis Ritchie once said. It's true, and we need more geniuses who share his spirit.

Dennis Ritchie Day

Dennis Ritchie Day
By Tim O'Reilly
October 26, 2011

I don't have the convening power of a governor, but for those of us around the world who care, I hereby declare this Sunday, October 30 to be Dennis Ritchie Day.

Developer Week in Review: Two giants fall

Developer Week in Review: Two giants fall
By James Turner
October 13, 2011

Better late than never, a few thoughts on Steve Jobs. Also, a Unix pioneer leaves us, and Google's dirty laundry is accidentally hung out to dry.

Four short links: 21 June 2011

By Nat Torkington
June 21, 2011

tmux -- GNU Screen-alike, with vertical splits and other goodies. (via Hacker News) Gamifying Education (Escapist) -- a more thoughtful and reasoned approach than crude badgification, but I'd still feel happier meddling with kids' minds if there was research to show efficacy and distribution of results. (via Ed Yong) Rule of 72 (Terry Jones) -- common piece of financial...

Four short links: 10 May 2011

By Nat Torkington
May 10, 2011

ODB to iPhone Converter -- hardware to connect to your car's onboard computer and display it on an iPhone app. (via Imran Ali) Multitasking Brains (Wired) -- interesting pair of studies: old brains have trouble recovering from distractions; hardcore multitaskers have trouble focusing. (via Stormy Peters) Social Privacy -- Danah Boyd draft paper on teens' attitudes to online privacy....

Four short links: 20 April 2011

By Nat Torkington
April 20, 2011

PDP-11 Emulator in Javascript, Running V6 UNIX -- blast from the past, and quite a readable emulator (heads up: cd was chdir back then). See also the 1st edition UNIX source on github. (via Hacker News) 2010: The Year of Crowdsourcing Transcription -- hasn't finished yet, as NY Public Library shows. Cultural institutions are huge data sets that need...

Data hand tools

Data hand tools
By Mike Loukides
April 7, 2011

While we have an extraordinary wealth of power data tools at our disposal, we'll be the poorer if we forget the basics. Here's an example of how simple data tools can be put to use.

Developer Week in Review

Developer Week in Review
By James Turner
January 12, 2011

This week, Unix was for sale, then it wasn't, then it was again. AT&T announced the most poorly kept secret in the history of secrets. And the tablet was all the rage at CES.

I'm a BSD

By Rick Jelliffe
June 11, 2010

This week I am taking FreeBSD 8.0 for a spin. So far, I like it enough that it will probably be my normal desktop environment. It seems to have the right stuff: my PC seems markedly faster. FreeBSD's slogan is...

Four short links: 7 April 2010

By Nat Torkington
April 7, 2010

SproutCore -- open-source HTML5 application framework (i.e., lots of Javascript goodness) that'll work with any backend. To code for this, you put most of the logic in the front-end and leave the back-end much simpler. RDF for Intrepid Unix Hackers -- an interesting series, showing how to use common Unix tools to manipulate RDF data from the commandline. (via...

Announcing O'Reilly Answers - Clever Hacks. Creative Ideas. Innovative Solutions.

Announcing O'Reilly Answers - Clever Hacks. Creative Ideas. Innovative Solutions.
By Allen Noren
November 4, 2009

We're launching the beta of O'Reilly Answers, and I'm inviting you to be part of it. In brief, O'Reilly Answers is a community site for sharing knowledge, asking questions, and providing answers that brings together our customers, authors, editors, conference speakers, and Foo (Friends of O'Reilly). O'Reilly is at the center of an amazing exchange of knowledge sharing and idea generation, and we want you to join us in changing the world by spreading the knowledge of innovators.

Four short links: 8 October 2009

By Nat Torkington
October 8, 2009

Linux Baby Rocker -- inventive use of a CD drive and the eject command ... (via Hacker News) I Like Unicorn Because It's Unix -- forceful rant about the need to rediscover Unix systems programming. Reminds me of the Varnish notes where the author explains that it works better because it uses the operating system instead of recreating it...

Recursively edit files with sed

By Kyle Dent
August 11, 2009

Well duh, that's exactly what sed is designed to do. And nowadays most implementations have the handy -i option that makes changes in place without explicitly using an interim file. Which means that I could reduce the work of typing in the Perl script to a single line at the command prompt...

The Command That Humbles Us All

By Chris Josephes
May 11, 2009

There is one Unix command that most have yet to master.

An Interview with Brian Kernighan: Breeding Little Languages

An Interview with Brian Kernighan: Breeding Little Languages
By Allen Noren
April 10, 2009

Following is an excerpt from Masterminds of Programming, by Federico Biancuzzi and Shane Warden. (Adapted for the web). The Unix philosophy of many small tools, powerful in their combination, is evident in the AWK programming language. Its inventors (Al Aho, Peter Weinberger, and Brian Kernighan) describe it as a language for syntax-driven pattern matching. Its straightforward syntax and clever selection of useful features make it easy to slice and dice text through one-liners without having to understand parsers and grammars and finite automata. Though its inspiration has spread to general-purpose languages such as Perl, any modern Unix box still has AWK installed and quietly, effectively, working away.

Guess the Book, Episode One: O'Reilly Media on the Streets of Sebastopol

Guess the Book, Episode One: O'Reilly Media on the Streets of Sebastopol
By Kathryn Barrett
March 10, 2009

We're so used to the funny animals on our book covers that we don't give them a second thought, but what about the rest of the world? Especially the non-geek world? In this first episode of Guess the Book, we took to the streets of Sebastopol, CA—the world headquarters of O'Reilly Media—to find out what our neighbors might think. For this first foray, we chose Learning the vi Editor, with the "vi Guy" himself, to see if the townspeople could tell us what the book was about, simply by looking at the cover.

Love and UNIX: An Undying Affection

Love and UNIX: An Undying Affection
By Allen Noren
February 13, 2009

Youthful indiscretions, trysts, dalliances? Programmer and writer Thomas Scoville has had them with every OS from VMS, MVS, and CP/M. He even admits to a short-lived infatuation with Windows. But he's always returned to his one true love, UNIX.

Small Apps, Loosely-Joined Into Contextual Tasks

By chromatic
November 20, 2008

I spend too much time telling my computer how to do things when I should be able to tell it what I want to do. Perhaps it's time for declarative UIs to replace our procedural UIs.

One Way to Become an O'Reilly Author

One Way to Become an O'Reilly Author
By Mary Rotman
September 25, 2008

Interested in how to become an author for O'Reilly? One way is to make your opinions known on GetSatisfaction! Read more to see how author Rich Rosen both suggested and helped write the newest edition of Mac OS X for Unix Geeks. Also, enter to win a copy of the book!

Science on the Mac

By Daniel H. Steinberg
June 19, 2008

Why bring your *nix app to the Mac if you're a scientist?

UNIX Terminal Command Line Tips for Mac OS X Geeks

By Todd Ogasawara
April 28, 2008

Terminal, the Bash shell,and command line applications still have an important place in the Mac's GUI environment. Here are 10 Unix command line tips that even the most Mac GUI loving user will find useful for the Mac toolbox.


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