This is a summary of posts since the last blog retrospective, which I wrote in April.
The explicitly educational posts have been the most popular ones.
In these two posts, I describe a concrete problem, a solution that I've used, and discuss lessons for the Oil language:
The next two posts criticize two aspects of the shell language, and suggest alternatives:
What is the relationship between the Shunting Yard Algorithm and Pratt Parsing?
A collection of observations on Unix language design:
The following three posts describe a plan for making Oil fast, small, and self-contained, without rewriting the whole thing. Although I haven't worked in this area for a few months, I still believe in this plan.
I describe how tests will help me cut Oil's dependency on the Python interpreter:
I made the first three releases!
Other Status Updates:
As a reminder to myself, here are topics I skipped:
(1) Much of the shell runtime. I abridged the long slog through the shell.
core/args.py, and some criticisms that fall under #shell-the-bad-parts.
wait(), and pipelines. I wanted to describe the hard example in this comment.
(2) The R language.
If you're not familiar with R, consider that it passes the Perlis test:
A language that doesn’t affect the way you think about programming, is not worth knowing.
Leave a comment if you're interested in any of these topics.
In this post, I organized posts from the last 7 months into 5 topics, and I made note of 2 more topics to address.
A few months ago, I also added tags to the blog index, which may help you find posts to read. For example, here are posts about #parsing.