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View the pre-reqs for classes as a flow chart, going all the way back to Whatever 101. Also shows which courses come next.

Pretender: Test links to web sites that aren't there.

I made this tool for a friend who's a freelance graphic designer. She was building a web page for a client that had links to other pages on their company's private network, so she couldn't test them, right? Run Pretender with the list of URLs that the client has sent you and you can test by clicking around on your web page.

Mousey Maze Game

Mousey Maze Game

You know, for kids...

No clicking, no arrow keys - great for preschoolers. The blocks are separated a little bit so that kids can see that a maze is just a grid of squares. My son requested this, but I thought I'd share it here. I was able to throw together a first, working draft with him sitting on my lap.

Learning Korean

I have some info up on the Korean language. I'm getting better, slowly but surely.

Dvorak Typing

I prefer to type with the Dvorak keyboard layout. Mmm ... comfort :) Recently, I've been pointed at the new Colemak keyboard layout, which is now on my "to do" list. I've noticed that my right pinky takes on too much work using Dvorak (though better than in Qwerty), so when there is time for retraining...

Programming Language Tire-kicking

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I've been trying out diffent programming languages, and I think Haskell is the best I've found ("Best" is, at best, very difficult to quantify.). I've put together some information about it. Standard ML and Ocaml seem like the C and C++ of the functional language world - Standard ML is spartan, and Ocaml adds many features to the utilitarian ML base with "interesting" new syntax. Comparing Common Lisp to Scheme is interesting, also.

I am still having a lot of fun playing around in Common Lisp, mainly because of the meta-language features built-in (macros, etc.). There still seem to be way too many "write a parser and interpreter for my DSL (domain-specific language)" projects out there in Haskell, but hopefully Template Haskell will help fix this. Lisp also enjoys more mature development environments and libraries than Haskell at the moment, and it seems likely to stay that way for a while. Haskell seems to be regarded as academics-only.

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