Alex McLean

Making music with text

Languages are Languages – follow up

by Alex on February 23, 2011

There are some interesting comments to my “languages are languages” post that I wanted to highlight — a disadvantage of blogs is that comments are often the best bit but are subservient to the posts they are on.  I also brought the subject up on the PPIG (Psychology of Programming Interest Group) mailing list, again […]

Languages are languages

by Alex on February 18, 2011

Ian Bogost has an interesting argument that computer languages are not languages,  but systems. He starts off arguing that learning a programming language shouldn’t meet a curricular requirement for learning a natural language.  That’s a fair argument, except he does so on the basis that computer languages are not languages at all. ”the ability to translate natural languages […]

The tyranny of deadline extensions

by Alex on February 7, 2011

At least in my world, it has become normal and expected for deadlines to be extended by around a week. The only explanation given is something like ‘numerous requests by authors’. However I get the strong impression that the paper committees always intended to extend the deadline, and built it into their only schedules. So […]

Workshop output

by Alex on February 7, 2011

The Text live coding workshop went really well, surprisingly well considering it was the first time anyone apart from me had used it and (so I found out after) most of the participants didn’t have any programming experience. The six participants took to the various combinators surprisingly quickly, the main stumbling block being getting the […]