August 2013

Hello, Disqus

I've decided to switch to Disqus for comments on this site. I've gotten more than a little tired of all the spammers trying to create accounts, bots with fantastic names such as drugs4less, fred945willaams45, and qoxmncberuy. I'm going to be making an effort to post more often on my side, and hopefully this will increase audience participation.

Please let me know if you have any trouble attempting to comment using Disqus. I looked into Facebook comments, which I think would reduce spam even more, but there were a lot more hoops to jump through, and unlike Disqus, there is no direct Drupal integration.

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More Think Like a Programmer Videos

I had some audio problems with the first videos I posted on YouTube. They played perfectly on my end, but after whatever conversion performed by the YouTube uploader, the audio would drift more and more out of sync. Super annoying, especially since I was using "recommended" settings for my video prior to upload. I went through dozens of combinations of file formats, video and audio codecs, sample rate, and so on, until I found one that would play the same after uploading. unfortunately it's not one natively supported by the video editor I am using, so there's an extra step. But at least the videos play correctly now.

On the good news front, I have three new videos for helping people solve programming problems. The first two deal with a problem from a programming contest--these contests are great sources of problem-solving exercises.

The other one is about using spreadsheet designs as a way to develop programming solutions and problem-solving ability in general. Sounds odd, I know. But it works. Check it out:

 

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Think Like a Programmer: Now in Japanese!

The Japanese translation of Think Like a Programmer is now available, published by ASCII Media Works. It's really cool to see my work in translation, unfortunately, unlike the German edition, I don't even know a smattering of Japanese.

Japanese TLAP (small)

According to Google Translate, the title says:

Let's forge problem-solving skills

Book concept of programmer the body gets more interesting!

For some reason I think that translation may be inaccurate. I'm also curious about the last chapter, in which I bring all of the concepts together in an example program that cheats at the childhood game Hangman. It's occurred to me that it would be very difficult to play Hangman in a language where character symbols tend to represent whole words rather than component sounds. It appears that the Japanese edition is describing the Hangman game as played in English. I hope that Japanese readers can follow that discussion without too much trouble. If you speak Japanese and pick up the book, please let me know how you like it!

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