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The Design of SQLite4
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The Design of SQLite4 

SQLite4 is a compact, self-contained, zero-adminstration, ACID database engine in a library, just like SQLite3, but with an improved interface and file format. The run-time environment is encapsulated in an object. A greatly simplified Key/Value storage engine is used: A single large key space – not separate key spaces for each table and index as…

Sim Central Bank, the Explanation
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Sim Central Bank, the Explanation 

Sim Central Bank, The Explanation It’s your turn to have ultimate control over one of society’s most powerful element, all of its money. You get to decide how much is available and how costly it is to borrow. Can you do a better job of controlling inflation than Christine Lagarde or Jay Powell? Can you…

Software engineering estimates are garbage
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Software engineering estimates are garbage 

When estimates are based on the myth of metronomic coding machines tackling deterministic work, they’re a complete waste of time. There’s a better way. Thinkstock Most software engineering estimates are garbage.That’s not because companies are using the wrong methods or tools. Work-breakdown structure or analogy-based? Mechanical or judgmental combination? Function, use case, or story points?…

Redbean 2.0 turned into more than a hobby project
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Redbean 2.0 turned into more than a hobby project 

June 16th, 2022 @ justine’s web page redbean is a webserver in a zip executable that runs on six operating systems. The basic idea is if you want to build a web app that runs anywhere, then you download the redbean.com file, put your .html and .lua files inside it using the zip command, and…

Don’t catch errors without a reason
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Don’t catch errors without a reason 

Earlier this week, when working on my blogging pipeline scripts I had to delve into the Mailchimp Marketing API docs. Each of the endpoints there provides a snippet of the following form (example for Python): import mailchimp_marketing as MailchimpMarketing from mailchimp_marketing.api_client import ApiClientError try: client = MailchimpMarketing.Client() client.set_config({ “api_key”: “YOUR_API_KEY”, “server”: “YOUR_SERVER_PREFIX” }) response =…

For Math Fans: A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Number 42
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For Math Fans: A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Number 42 

Everyone loves unsolved mysteries. Examples include Amelia Earhart’s disappearance over the Pacific in 1937 and the daring escape of inmates Frank Morris and John and Clarence Anglin from Alcatraz Island in California in 1962. Moreover our interest holds even if the mystery is based on a joke. Take author Douglas Adams’s popular 1979 science-fiction novel…

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