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Monday, 16th August 2004

So I've sorta been on a programming binge lately. Recently released new versions of BannerFilter and the source code to this web site, and I've been working on an IRC bot called frogbot, which hangs out on NullIRC and Formatted. Also, for comparison, trying out a friend's bot code, called IQ, written in PHP. Yes, an IRC bot, written in PHP, that runs from a terminal. I've been learning a bit of PHP, and although it does have some nice features that Perl lacks (or has but are harder to use), overall it's a pretty awful language, in my opinion. It's easier than Perl to do certain things in, so if that's what you're doing, sure, use it - but if you don't know Perl, you're missing out.

Speaking of Perl, I found an interesting bug related to array indexes above 2^31. I've submitted it as bug #30979 if anyone's interested. Perl's behaviour is somewhat understandable, but, in my opinion, wrong.

Here are some photos of a party I went to in Wisconsin, with a bunch of people from IRC. Seven people, seven laptops, three operating systems, and.. nothing to do.

So, I'm back to looking for work. Let me know if you've got any good leads.


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