APL Software Archaeology .dbi Edition

I joke that my job title should be software archaeologist because I often find myself resurrecting, not refactoring, code that dates to primitive and primeval eras. The language I’m typically hired to resurrect is APL. APL, the language with funny symbols, is a software vampire. People keep paying us to kill it, but no matter … Continue reading APL Software Archaeology .dbi Edition

WordPress to LaTeX with Pandoc and J: Using TeXfrWpxml.ijs (Part 3)

In this post I will describe how to use the J script TeXfrWpxml.ijs to generate LaTeX source from WordPress export XML.  I am assuming you have worked through (Part 1) and (Part 2) and have: Successfully installed and tested Pandoc. Installed and tested a version of J. Set up appropriate directories (Part 2). Know how … Continue reading WordPress to LaTeX with Pandoc and J: Using TeXfrWpxml.ijs (Part 3)

WordPress to LaTeX with Pandoc and J: LaTeX Directories (Part 2)

In this post I will describe the LaTeX directory structure the J script TeXfrWpxml.ijs is expecting. To convert WordPress export XML to LaTeX with this script you will have to set up similar directories. LaTeX documents are built from *.tex[1] files. This makes LaTeX more like a compiled programming language than a word processing program. … Continue reading WordPress to LaTeX with Pandoc and J: LaTeX Directories (Part 2)

WordPress to LaTeX with Pandoc and J: Prerequisites (Part 1)

There are no quick WordPress to LaTeX fixes Over the next three posts I will describe how to convert WordPress’s export XML to LaTeX source code.  I know that many of you are looking for a quick WordPress to LaTeX fix; unfortunately there are no quick fixes. The two formats come from different worlds and … Continue reading WordPress to LaTeX with Pandoc and J: Prerequisites (Part 1)

Common Table Expression (CTE) SQLServer Queries with J

I've been blogging long enough to observe that your awesome posts are often ignored while your little "one-offs" sometimes strike hit gold. This is particularly true for "code example" posts. When I'm trolling for code --- the geek equivalent of trolling for babes --- I don't want to read about the author's programming philosophy or what the hell … Continue reading Common Table Expression (CTE) SQLServer Queries with J

PIP News: Isabelle is Up!

Before my fall I launched a PIP (Perpetual Impossible Project).  PIPs are long-range risky undertakings that cannot be finished. PIPs contradict and subvert the very notion of tightly controlled corporate style projects: hence their manifest appeal to recusants like myself. I won't go into details about my particular PIP. Let's just say it captures every delusional notion I have ever entertained. Part of … Continue reading PIP News: Isabelle is Up!