Concurrent Tautologys (all happening together at once)
I step away from the inkernet for five minutes and of course I miss six million little things.
Multi-core programming... concurrent programming... It's coming at us from three different directions now:
- Your next computer will have 32 or so processors
- Your server-side code may get to execute across hundreds or thousands of machines
- Your ajaxian scripts could share their processing load over hundreds of zombie client machines
(Yeh, okay, one of those is pure sci-fi)
On J.Spolsky's advice I read a lot of steve yegge stuff recently (particularly here and here), wherein he discusses the sort of problems you have at a server-side monster like Amazon. He keeps coming back to functional programming. (Lisp in particular, for him.)
The new client-side multi-core scenario is also tilted toward functional programming.
To that end, and of course by popular demand, the next 3 minute tutorial will be on F#. It's taken me a lot longer than three minutes to write of course, and it isn't ready yet. But it will be soon enough.
Meanwhile, here's a quote that keeps running around in my head.... Wirth's Law:
"Software gets slower faster than hardware gets faster."
solve: one squared plus two squared plus three squared plus four squared equals three cubed plus three.Next → ← Previous
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