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Appetite for d-structure [Dec. 5th, 2007|05:30 pm]
Lindsey Kuper

Lindsey: our data stops being XML and starts being objects pretty fast.
Alex: *nods*
Alex: *laughs!* ... not too long ago, my roommate was telling me a story...
Alex: ... some of his coworkers think of XML as this abstract mathematical thing, basically something like "hierarchical data structures" -- the stuff on the disk or on the wire, they'd say "oh, that's just a serialization of the XML".
Lindsey: The XML is a serialization of the hierarchical data!
Lindsey: I mean, at some level everything gets serialized unless it's in our brains.
Lindsey: braaaaaaains.

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[User Picture]From: oniugnip
2007-12-06 01:55 am (UTC)
Appetite for destructuring.

Semirelated: would you like to build something in Scheme? I was kicking around the idea of building a MUD (or more like "MUD engine"), and got as far as opening some sockets and sending bytes around...
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2007-12-06 03:07 am (UTC)

I'm never going to learn Haskell at this rate.

Let's do it. I need to read up.
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[User Picture]From: oniugnip
2007-12-06 06:46 am (UTC)

Re: I'm never going to learn Haskell at this rate.

i kant haskell today

(we can totally Haskell if you prefer. Or do a totally different project? Were you ever into MUDs?)
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2007-12-07 04:46 am (UTC)

Re: I'm never going to learn Haskell at this rate.

How Alex Rudnicky of you!

(I wasn't so into MUDs, actually. Re: youthful obsessions, I went more or less directly from My Little Ponies to Smashing Pumpkins.)
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[User Picture]From: oniugnip
2007-12-07 05:21 am (UTC)

Re: I'm never going to learn Haskell at this rate.

(bizarrely: he does more or less what I want to do when I grow up, so CMU is certainly on the list! I found out about him a few years ago -- I wonder if he knows about me yet?)
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2007-12-08 11:51 pm (UTC)

Re: I'm never going to learn Haskell at this rate.

You can try, but you can never be more Alex Rudnicky than he is.
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[User Picture]From: oranges4oranges
2007-12-06 05:40 pm (UTC)

Re: I'm never going to learn Haskell at this rate.

A scheme project? I'm jealous.
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[User Picture]From: lx
2007-12-06 02:35 am (UTC)
I had my brain serialized for portability.

Also that means when I turn into a zombie instead of saying "braaains" I'll be more like O:5:"brain":1:{s:1:"b";s:9:"braaaains";} and be less likely to actually maintain my abominable life searching for a victim with acceptable syntactic structure.
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2007-12-06 03:05 am (UTC)
You mean your undeath.
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