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Of space shuttles and software

Today I found this article in News Ycombinator:

http://www.spinellis.gr/blog/20111030/

I subscribe everything said in it as it’s inline with my experience in software. Engineers are most of the times too ambitious in their asumptions and Space Races has been a very good testbed for different ways of understanding engineering.

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«We Really Don't Know How To Compute!»

Really interesting and eye opener talk by one of the greatest computers scientist of all times (in my modest p.o.v), Gerald Jay Sussman:

http://www.infoq.com/presentations/We-Really-Dont-Know-How-To-Compute

If I’m still a developer and still find programming an intellectual experiences is thanks to him. Lisp and Scheme make me discover that programming could be a really interesting experience. Maybe it’s time to take a look at clojure 😉

 

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IPython, ubuntu, pip and readline

So, you installed PIP in your Ubuntu system and then decided to install IPython using PIP (for example inside a virtualenv), just to discover that after installing ipython does not support autocomplete?

The solution is to install the package libreadline-dev and reinstall IPython 🙂