Friday, February 26, 2010

On satisfaction

It is a great feeling when an elegant piece of code comes together. Even if it can’t be compiled yet.

  Parallel.ForEach(nodeQueue as IOmniValueEnumerable)
procedure (const elem: TOmniValue)
childNode: TNode;
node : TNode;
node := TNode(elem.AsObject);
if node.Value = value then begin
nodeResult := node;
else for childNode in node.Children do

It is even a better feeling when a code that seems to be impossible to write, starts to work.

And the best one – that happens when the code is working so well that you are not afraid of releasing it to the public.

Well, make this almost the best. Because there’s something even better – when people call back to tell you that they like using the code and it is helping them to do their work faster and better.

The feeling that cannot be surpassed comes when such happy user says something like: “Thanks for the code, it helps me a lot. There’s an Amazon gift certificate, spend it as you like.”


I can only respond with: “Rico, thanks!”. OmniThreadLibrary 1.05 is dedicated to you.


Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Technical problems

For the last two days, the Delphi Geek was down due to a faulty hard drive and a RAID that didn’t want to rebuild itself when a new drive was inserter :(

Data has been restored from the latest backup, two last articles reposted and now everything should be in order. If you find any problems, please notify me in comments.

I apologize for the inconvenience.


Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Internet, as predicted in 1946

“You know the logics setup. You got a logic in your house. It looks like a vision receiver used to, only it's got keys instead of dials and you punch the keys for what you wanna get. It's hooked in to the tank, which has the Carson Circuit all fixed up with relays. Say you punch "Station SNAFU" on your logic. Relays in the tank take over an' whatever vision-program SNAFU is telecastin' comes on your logic's screen. Or you punch "Sally Hancock's Phone" an' the screen blinks an' sputters an' you're hooked up with the logic in her house an' if somebody answers you got a vision-phone connection. But besides that, if you punch for the weather forecast or who won today's race at Hialeah or who was mistress of the White House durin' Garfield's administration or what is PDQ and R sellin' for today, that comes on the screen too. The relays in the tank do it. The tank is a big buildin' full of all the facts in creation an' all the recorded telecasts that ever was made—an' it's hooked in with all the other tanks all over the country—an' everything you wanna know or see or hear, you punch for it an' you get it. Very convenient. Also it does math for you, an' keeps books, an' acts as consultin' chemist, physicist, astronomer, an' tea-leaf reader, with a "Advice to the Lovelorn" thrown in. The only thing it won't do is tell you exactly what your wife meant when she said, "Oh, you think so, do you?" in that peculiar kinda voice. Logics don't work good on women. Only on things that make sense.”

- Murray Leinster, A Logic Named Joe

For Sci-Fi fans: Baen Free Library.