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Re^2: poll ideas quest 2010

by Illuminatus (Curate)
on Jun 14, 2010 at 16:06 UTC ( #844652=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re: poll ideas quest 2010
in thread poll ideas quest 2010

  • Stanislaw Lem for writing The Cyberiad, coining the term 'constructor' in 1967. Plus, I'm sure at least one of the protagonists (Trurl) used Perl
  • Roger Zelazny for writing Jack of Shadows, where the protagonist uses a computer program to solve a mystical problem. While perl is not mentioned by name, I have no doubt that it would have been Jack's language of choice
  • Larry Niven for a central premise in his Known Space universe, that aliens (in this case Puppeteers) secretly bred humans for 'luckiness', as this was their best trait. Given the number regexp questions asked in SoPW, it was prescient in its validation of "it's better to be lucky than good"


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Re^3: poll ideas quest 2010
by trurl (Initiate) on Jun 16, 2010 at 11:11 UTC
    Stanislaw Lem for writing The Cyberiad, coining the term 'constructor' in 1967.

    Wait, what? How could he coin that term? He didn't even write in English.

      you say potato... When it was translated to English in 1972, that's the word they used for whatever Polish word occurred in the original. I am completely ignorant of Polish, however, so I cannot say whether the word Lem used in his book is the same one current Polish programmers use when talking about OOP.


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[marinersk]: s/smack/whap/;
[talexb]: Wow, what hilariously bad form.
[SuicideJunkie]: Just wait; someday soon, you'll be given a DB with unicode emojis in the column names.
[Corion]: marinersk: Well, I have done select statements like select sum(foo) as "Total Amount", ..., but to have a table like that makes me shudder
[Corion]: SuicideJunkie: :-D
[marinersk]: SuicideJunkie LOL
[choroba]: Woohoo! Fixed a test that hasn't run for 3 years.
[marinersk]: Corion Yes, sometimes whitespace in column headers is acceptable, but I still consider it be less than desireable if that query might get revectored for an ETL-esque process...
[marinersk]: choroba++

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