During the recent Holidays I visited some friends who are avid Scrabble players. After the visit, I thought it would be fun to write a simple anagram script.
The next time Friday 13th falls in January is in 2034.. Good luck!
I love AWK and I’ve written about it before… Continue reading “Riddler: Can you solve the not-so-corn maze?”
This was an interesting question, so I thought I’d share it here.. Continue reading “Hiring Questions, Problem 3”
Large numbers are difficult to comprehend. The national debt for example is kind of mind numbing. The fun article this week is about insane numbers; imagining the unimaginable.. Continue reading “Reading Week #5”
While most technical hiring questions aren’t all that relevant, this one might be more generally useful. Find duplicate files; the trick was the speedup.. Continue reading “Hiring Questions, Problem 2”
Learning a new computer language can be fun! Stretching ourselves to think about problems in new ways.. Continue reading “From the Get Go!”
Building interactive commands that uses editing history and tab completion can be easy in bash and serve as a wrapper for automating tasks. Continue reading “Interactive bash Scripts”
I keep a large framed photo of this on the wall in my office to remind me what can happen when things go “off the rails”.. Continue reading “Preventing Trainwrecks”
A colleague of mine once posted a hiring question to ask prospective developers: “What is the least significant 10 digits of the series: .. ?”
Many people use awk for one-liners; picking out fields from logs, doing pattern matching. It’s capable of so much more however. IMO, the “littleness” of the language is one of it’s strengths. Continue reading “awk, the Often Ignored Little Language”
Just for fun, how many combinations of months are there where Friday falls on the 13th? This one-liner will print out a table of month combinations along with the years for a given range. Continue reading “Friday the 13th One Liner”