Archive for March 2011

I built a compiler today

I wrote a compiler at work today.  It took about 5 hours.

Granted, its input is very simple and nowhere near Turing-complete, and its output is in Delphi, not any type of machine language or bytecode.  But it definitely fits Joel Spolsky’s definition of a compiler. Continue reading ‘I built a compiler today’ »

AppWave: No individuals allowed?

I ran into a first-look review of Embarcadero’s new AppWave service.  It had a link to the beta registration, so I thought I may as well check it out and see what it’s like.  The link takes you to a pretty standard form… until you look at it closely.

On the form, there’s a required field labeled “Company Name”.  Below it are “First Name” and “Last Name” fields, not marked as required.

…what? Continue reading ‘AppWave: No individuals allowed?’ »