Andrey Listopadov

Categories / random-thoughts

I have a somewhat weird tradition if it can be called like that - I’m revisiting job pre-interview tasks after a certain amount of time I’ve spent working in the company that gave the task. It’s an interesting thing to do, and I think more people should do it on a more regular basis.
When it comes to software I prefer things that are simple and small, even though I’m using Emacs. This is mainly the reason why my favorite languages are Clojure and Fennel. However, it doesn’t end on programming languages themselves, I like small tools in general.
I’ve been a GNOME Shell user for many years now - I’ve started using it pretty much since its initial release in 2011. I’m using GNU/Linux as my main operating system since 2008, and I started with Ubuntu, as many did back then, and what I liked about Ubuntu was its desktop environment, or DE for short.
I often hear this phrase: “programmers are counting from zero”. Not so long ago I actually decided to check if it is true and asked some programmers I know to count to ten out loud. None of them counted from zero. Well, this phrase is usually brought up when discussing various programming languages, which share the common idiom - zero-based array indexing.
Quite recently a Fennel game jam happened on itch.io and I’ve decided to participate. I’ve been part of the Fennel community for some years, and every once in a while a lot of people from this community participated in a lisp game jam, but I’ve never made a game before, so I’ve skipped these events.

…kinda.

I think that the only acceptable test coverage percentage is about 100%. And in this post, I’ll try to explain why I choose to believe it.

Not so long ago I’ve written about Paredit and its quirks. I’ve been happily using Smartparens ever since that post, but something still bugged me. I was constantly thinking about the fact that Smartparens has numerous quirks in various languages and some known bugs that are unlikely to be fixed in the foreseeable future, given that the main maintainer doesn’t have a lot of spare time.
Lua is one of the most pleasant languages that I’ve used so far. Well, I’m not writing in Lua directly, instead, I use Fennel - a compiler for a Clojure/Lisp-like syntax to Lua. Because of that, I actually don’t really know Lua syntax that well, even though it’s really simple, it still has some quirks.
Some blogs I read occasionally post monthly and yearly status updates. From now on I’ve decided to do a recap of what’s happened during the year, to see what I’ve achieved, and maybe plan something for the upcoming year as well. So without further ado, let’s jump straight to January 2021!
I started using IRC in the early 2000s and was primarily using it because at that time there was no global internet access in our city. However we had a city-wide local network, and our internet provider ran an IRC server for everyone to chat.
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