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The best things and stuff of 2015

Great things and people that I discovered, learned, read, met, etc. in 2015. No particular ordering is implied. Not everything is new.

also: see the lists from2014, 2013 , 2012 ,2011 and2010

Great blog posts read

Most viewed blog posts by me

I’ve been scaling back on blogging this past year and have tried something different instead – Read-Eval-Print-λove . That said, there were a couple of high-traffic posts on my blog.

Favorite technical books discovered (and read)

I’ve intentionally reduced the number of technical books that I consume lately, but there are a few that I “found” in 2015 that are stellar.

Favorite non-technical books read

Number of books read

a bunch

Number of books published

0

Number of books written

0

Number of books abandoned

2

Favorite musicians discovered

Interesting games discovered

  • Piquet – a fun trick-taking game from the 1500s.
  • Age of Steam – a nasty (in a good way) game about trains and delivering goods.
  • Northern Pacific – a game about connecting train routes through the Pacific Northwest.
  • Slither – the second-best use for a Goban.
  • Neue Heimat – a nasty (again, in a good way) auction game.

Favorite TV series about zombies

The Walking Dead

Favorite programming languages (or related) I’ve hacked on/with this year

Clojure , ClojureScript , Haskell , Datalog , Erlang , Frink

Programming languages used for work-related projects this year

Clojure, ClojureScript, Java, JavaScript, Datalog, Ruby

Programming languages that I hope to explore next year

  • CrystalThis just came onto my radar, so I still don’t know much about it yet.
  • Black After seeing Nada Amin’s keynote I was compelled to run out and find out more about Black. Maybe this year I’ll actually use it.
  • Idris

    Idris is

    probably the most exciting language that I’ve seen since I found Clojure.

Favorite papers discovered (and read)

  • Optimization of Series Expressions by Richard Waters ( PDF ) – a description of “Transducers” in Common Lisp that attempt to solve a similar problem as Clojure’s Transducers , but from a different angle.
  • Higher-order symbolic execution for contract verification and refutation by Phuc C. Nguyen, Sam Tobin-Hochstadt, David Van Horn ( Arvix ) – Racket is the gift that keeps on giving.
  • Modular implicits by Leo White, Frederic Bour, and Jeremy Yallop ( PDF ) – I think I need to read this a few more times to really appreciate its amazingness.
  • Programming in an interactive environment the “LISP” experience by Eric Sandewall ( PDF ) – How does your “interactive development environment” compare?
  • The Reactive Engine by Alan Kay – Kay’s thesis.
  • Machine Learning: The High-Interest Credit Card of Technical Debt ( PDF ) by D. Sculley, Gary Holt, Daniel Golovin, Eugene Davydov, Todd Phillips, Dietmar Ebner, Vinay Chaudhary, and Michael Young – ML is always amazing right? Maybe not.
  • Does Having Boys or Girls Run in the Family? ( PDF ) by Joseph Lee Rodgers and Debby Doughty – Destroying common misconceptions one by one with math.

Still haven’t read…

Snow Crash, Spook Country, A Fire upon the Deep, Norwegian Wood, The Contortionists Handbook and a boat-load of scifi

Favorite conference attended

I don’t really like conferences much anymore.

Favorite code read

Life-changing technology discovered

State of plans from 2014

  • Publish (at least) one issue of Read-Eval-Print-λove – I’m right on the cusp of completing a Forth-centric installment, so I’ll count this as a success.
  • UCT in Clojure – I decided to do it in Java instead to play around with Java8.
  • Treaps in Clojure – Failure
  • Release secret project PhenomenaI’ve completely changed how I work on and release open source code .
  • Publish a card game of my own design – Failure.
  • Implement Lines of Action in an interesting language – Another Java8 project that I completed to my satisfaction.
  • Contribute to other peoples’ OSS projects more often – moderately successful as many of my contributions have not yet seen the light of day.

Plans for 2015

  • Publish (at least) two issues of Read-Eval-Print-λove (not counting the one mentioned above)
  • Apply100:10:1 to other areas of my creative life
  • Release Tathata
  • Create a programming language that “speaks to me”
  • Read 100 books
  • Take more time to discover new music

Onward to 2016!

:F

原文  http://blog.fogus.me/2015/12/29/the-best-things-and-stuff-of-2015/

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