Rob: Embedded and Specialty Programmer
Welcome to my wagon. I'm the resident programmer here at Esmerel, and, like
most programmers, I have my own ideas about how things should be done.
If you are interested in my opinions, maybe you would like to visit
my soapbox. My latest speech is about the
Denial of Service attacks and whether they could
Or you can read some of my previous soapboxes, which include:
If you're interested in games, or the pictures you can make with letters
(ASCII art), then you might want to go to Thelion's
shop and see if he still has any copies of Unicorn Quest. It is a typing
tutor which a few friends and I wrote. We wrote the original to help a girl
with one hand learn to type, but then other people got interested and we made
versions for one or two hands.
I've written a lot of other programs, but
most of them are hidden inside the things you use everyday, like your
bank machine, or your internet connection.
In my travels, I have picked up a number of books. Some of these describe
the lives or works of people I have met. Some are just fun to read. Some are
still being written!
I have not yet unpacked them all, and I expect I will keep getting more, but
feel free to browse through my library.
Right now this is my favourite fiction book. It's just come out. It was
written by Ann Ewan, who helps Stewart keep this site organized. It's about
a world where evil wizards rule. Three companions, the blind woman, madman,
and wizard foretold in prophecy, set out to destroy the wizards' power and
free the people.
One of the most useful tools for a programmer is AWK, a text scanning and
processing language. This book contains numerous examples of using AWK to
solve everyday programming (and debugging) problems. It assumes you are
already familiar with the pattern-matching capabilities of regular
expressions, such as provided by grep.
One of the first tools you should get used to when programming is
grep. It is more than just a text searcher. With the regular
expression capability it can be used to help with many programming and
debugging tasks. It is also a great start towards learning AWK, a
programmable text scanner.
Over years of programming, in many languages, the authors of this book have
learned many basic rules about how to design and implement software. These
rules are the results of sometimes doing things right, and, more often,
doing things wrong then examining what went wrong. These rules may help you
avoid some of the same mistakes.
Set in ancient Britain, this is the story of one Roman soldier.
Scientists, looking at the sun from deep underground to determine the
ultimate fate of the universe.
In the world of embedded programming, every program has to work correctly or
it's no use. When the program goes out, it works; but that doesn't mean
nothing ever goes wrong along the way...
Warning: This book contains graphic descriptions of digicarnivorous
entities. People with weak programming skills are strongly cautioned
The entire World Wide Web is written in a language called HTML (hypertext
markup language). This book describes the language, and gives several
references for other places to read more.
Back to the front gate.
Read Ann's opinions of some technical books.
Visit some other wagons.
Drop by Thelion's shop
Your borrowers of books - those mutilators of collections, spoilers of
the symmetry of shelves, and creators of odd volumes.
Charles Lamb, 1823
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