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digitalmars.D - OT: Your accomplishments in 2013 and plans for 2014

reply Andrej Mitrovic <andrej.mitrovich gmail.com> writes:
I thought we'd enjoy a bit of reminiscing of the past year and talk
about our plans for the future, whether it's something personal or
D-related that anyone is willing to publicly talk about. It should be
a fun topic, or so I hope! :) So let me begin..

Generally this has been an awesome year for me. This year I've become
a part of the D core team, which is not something I even planned for,
but I'm really grateful it happened. It's an awesome team to be in!

Another thing that happened, is that after many years promising myself
that "this year" was going to be the one where I get in shape and live
a healthy life, it turns out that 2013 was that year! I've lost 20 Kg
(44 lbs) this year and now my BMI is in the normal range at around
22.4 BMI. It was 28.4 BMI at 95 KG (209 lbs) at the start of the year.
It wasn't just frequent exercise that helped me lose weight. I started
eating healthy food, and now spinach, kale, beets, and other
vegetables are a permanent part of my diet. I wouldn't dream of saying
this last year, but steamed veggies are absolutely delicious!!

As for my future plans, I'm hoping to land myself a nice
programming-related job next year. I've never had a programming job,
most of the paid work I ever did was physical work, such as drilling
through bricks, rock, concrete, installing and repairing air
conditioners, installing central heating systems, lighting and
electrical work, and stuff like that.

I also want to and plan to study algorithms this year. Whenever some
algorithm-related discussion popped up in the newsgroups I would
typically avoid giving any input as most of the conversation would go
over my head. But I'm gonna bite down and study hard, I really want to
"grok" it.

Ok, so who's next who wants to share?
Dec 11 2013
next sibling parent reply "monarch_dodra" <monarchdodra gmail.com> writes:
On Wednesday, 11 December 2013 at 19:45:25 UTC, Andrej Mitrovic
wrote:
 Ok, so who's next who wants to share?
Got accepted on the D team! Yeah! I was in a pretty bad Bicycle vs Car accident, but 6 months in, I managed to recover most of my physical abilities. Also, it didn't stop me from getting my pregnant! Yeah! My first mini-geek is due in June :D Objectives for 2014 will simply be to survive that :/
Dec 11 2013
next sibling parent reply "monarch_dodra" <monarchdodra gmail.com> writes:
On Wednesday, 11 December 2013 at 20:43:22 UTC, monarch_dodra
wrote:
 Also, it didn't
 stop me from getting my pregnant! Yeah!
Wife. Got my *wife* pregnant.
Dec 11 2013
next sibling parent Joseph Rushton Wakeling <joseph.wakeling webdrake.net> writes:
On 11/12/13 21:44, monarch_dodra wrote:
 On Wednesday, 11 December 2013 at 20:43:22 UTC, monarch_dodra
 wrote:
 Also, it didn't
 stop me from getting my pregnant! Yeah!
Wife. Got my *wife* pregnant.
Good thing you followed up with that, I was about to reply, is there something you haven't been telling me? :-P
Dec 11 2013
prev sibling parent =?UTF-8?B?QWxpIMOHZWhyZWxp?= <acehreli yahoo.com> writes:
On 12/11/2013 12:44 PM, monarch_dodra wrote:
 On Wednesday, 11 December 2013 at 20:43:22 UTC, monarch_dodra
 wrote:
 Also, it didn't
 stop me from getting my pregnant! Yeah!
Wife. Got my *wife* pregnant.
Same thing happened to us and the product is three months old today. :) This reminds me of a funny makefile target that we have here where I work. It prints the names of the newborns of developers: make babies ... lots of names printed ... :) Ali
Dec 11 2013
prev sibling next sibling parent "qznc" <qznc web.de> writes:
On Wednesday, 11 December 2013 at 20:43:22 UTC, monarch_dodra 
wrote:
 On Wednesday, 11 December 2013 at 19:45:25 UTC, Andrej Mitrovic
 wrote:
 Ok, so who's next who wants to share?
Got accepted on the D team! Yeah! I was in a pretty bad Bicycle vs Car accident, but 6 months in, I managed to recover most of my physical abilities. Also, it didn't stop me from getting my pregnant! Yeah! My first mini-geek is due in June :D Objectives for 2014 will simply be to survive that :/
Congrats. My biggest achievement in 2013: We got our second mini-geek in August.
Dec 11 2013
prev sibling next sibling parent "Peter Alexander" <peter.alexander.au gmail.com> writes:
On Wednesday, 11 December 2013 at 20:43:22 UTC, monarch_dodra 
wrote:
 My first mini-geek is due in June :D
Congrats! April for us :-)
 Objectives for 2014 will simply be to survive that :/
+1
Dec 11 2013
prev sibling parent Andrej Mitrovic <andrej.mitrovich gmail.com> writes:
On 12/11/13, monarch_dodra <monarchdodra gmail.com> wrote:
 I was in a pretty bad Bicycle vs Car accident
Ouch.
, but 6 months in, I
 managed to recover most of my physical abilities.
Nice to hear. I had some close encounters with cars as well. Sometimes with other cyclists too, lol!
 Also, it didn't
 stop me from getting my wife pregnant! Yeah!

 My first mini-geek is due in June :D
Awesome! So it's a he?
Dec 11 2013
prev sibling next sibling parent reply "bearophile" <bearophileHUGS lycos.com> writes:
Andrej Mitrovic:

 [...]
 steamed veggies are absolutely delicious!!
I am glad to read all this. And yes, good vegetables are very good food. I also suggest raw fennel, raw carrots, raw celery stalks, raw cucumber, steamed broccoli (and related: brassica oleracea var capitata rubyball, purple cauliflower, romanesco broccoli, curled cabbage, lacinato kale, both steamed and in soups with some breads and carrot pieces, zucchine (cucurbita pepo)), eggplants, plus several fruits as pomegranate, etc. :-) Bye, bearophile
Dec 11 2013
next sibling parent reply "Brian Schott" <briancschott gmail.com> writes:
I lost -15 pounds or so this year. Does that count?
Dec 11 2013
next sibling parent reply "Chris Cain" <clcain uncg.edu> writes:
On Wednesday, 11 December 2013 at 21:12:20 UTC, Brian Schott 
wrote:
 I lost -15 pounds or so this year. Does that count?
My goodness! How'd you lose 4294967281 pounds??
Dec 11 2013
parent "Brian Schott" <briancschott gmail.com> writes:
On Wednesday, 11 December 2013 at 21:44:52 UTC, Chris Cain wrote:
 On Wednesday, 11 December 2013 at 21:12:20 UTC, Brian Schott 
 wrote:
 I lost -15 pounds or so this year. Does that count?
My goodness! How'd you lose 4294967281 pounds??
Eating more, lifting heavy weights, and avoiding storing deltas as unsigned integers.
Dec 11 2013
prev sibling parent reply "Francesco Cattoglio" <francesco.cattoglio gmail.com> writes:
Damn you guys speaking about food, now I'm hungry again!

On Wednesday, 11 December 2013 at 21:12:20 UTC, Brian Schott 
wrote:
 I lost -15 pounds or so this year. Does that count?
Lost -15 pounds = gained 15 pounds, right? 2014 is the year I (finally) get my master degree. That one is a given. My _dream_ for 2014 is having a chance to prove that D + ZeroMQ can earn a place in the scientific computing world (I got so much tired of C/C++ and MPI), but I will have to fight people that still think that there's nothing a good FORTRAN77 code can't compute. Also, I would like to contribute more to the D language. Will I succeed? Only time will tell! Oh, also, I hope to run away from Italy, and spend a good year somewhere in Europe! :D
Dec 11 2013
next sibling parent reply "bearophile" <bearophileHUGS lycos.com> writes:
Francesco Cattoglio:

 My _dream_ for 2014 is having a chance to prove that D + ZeroMQ 
 can earn a place in the scientific computing world (I got so 
 much tired of C/C++ and MPI), but I will have to fight people 
 that still think that there's nothing a good FORTRAN77 code 
 can't compute.
Now there's Julia, a nice language. I don't like its arrays being 1-based, and its lack of """visible strong typing""" (unlike Ada I sometimes discuss around here), but its scientific usage will grow. Bye, bearophile
Dec 11 2013
parent reply "Francesco Cattoglio" <francesco.cattoglio gmail.com> writes:
On Wednesday, 11 December 2013 at 23:52:17 UTC, bearophile wrote:
 Francesco Cattoglio:

 My _dream_ for 2014 is having a chance to prove that D + 
 ZeroMQ can earn a place in the scientific computing world (I 
 got so much tired of C/C++ and MPI), but I will have to fight 
 people that still think that there's nothing a good FORTRAN77 
 code can't compute.
Now there's Julia, a nice language. I don't like its arrays being 1-based, and its lack of """visible strong typing""" (unlike Ada I sometimes discuss around here), but its scientific usage will grow. Bye, bearophile
Honestly, to my eyes, Julia really looks like a "better Matlab", with a heckload of stuff packed in his standard library. I have not yet experimented with it but I don't like the premises that much. In short: I think D language can do as much as Julia can do, with pretty much same bang for the buck.
Dec 11 2013
parent reply "bearophile" <bearophileHUGS lycos.com> writes:
Francesco Cattoglio:

 Honestly, to my eyes, Julia really looks like a "better 
 Matlab", with a heckload of stuff packed in his standard 
 library.
 I have not yet experimented with it but I don't like the 
 premises that much.

 In short: I think D language can do as much as Julia can do, 
 with pretty much same bang for the buck.
Look better, Julia aims also at partially replacing Python as golden glue in scientific computing, and it seems to have some of the numbers for it. It's statically typed, it has type inferencing, a refined type system with multi-methods and more, and a good LLVM-based JIT (that's in my benchmarks produces a performance no more than 2-4 times slower than D compiled with ldc2. If you compile D with dmd Julia is often faster for FP-heavy code. This means it's much faster than any Python code). It's better than Matlab about as much as D is better than C, and it's already better than Python for some things :-) And Julia is currently much more flexible than D (there's a REPL, lot of scientific routines in the std lib, and the JIT). In two years its easy to write code has allowed lot of people to write more standard library than D community has done in 7 years. For the kind of purposes Julia is designed for, I don't think D has the upper hand, it seems D has already lost that race, despite Julia is rather younger. D remains my preferred for general or heavy computing. Bye, bearophile
Dec 11 2013
parent reply Joseph Rushton Wakeling <joseph.wakeling webdrake.net> writes:
On 12/12/13 01:56, bearophile wrote:
 Look better, Julia aims also at partially replacing Python as golden glue in
 scientific computing, and it seems to have some of the numbers for it. It's
 statically typed, it has type inferencing, a refined type system with
 multi-methods and more, and a good LLVM-based JIT (that's in my benchmarks
 produces a performance no more than 2-4 times slower than D compiled with ldc2.
 If you compile D with dmd Julia is often faster for FP-heavy code. This means
 it's much faster than any Python code).
Is that taking into account stuff like NumPy/SciPy which is C underneath and (according to colleagues who use it; I don't) super-fast?
 It's better than Matlab about as much as  D is better than C, and it's already
 better than Python for some things :-) And Julia is currently much more
 flexible than D (there's a REPL, lot of scientific routines in the std lib, and
 the JIT). In two years its easy to write code has allowed lot of people to
 write more standard library than D community has done in 7 years.
Interesting. I did take a look at Julia after discovering that a colleague used it; it certainly has many friendly features, but I found myself worrying that some of the "easy" mathematical notation might very readily lend itself to unfortunate typos that in turn would generate bugs and wrong results. That said, when it comes to stuff like MATLAB/Octave you are often not writing extended code bases but short and easy stuff for data analysis, so there is much less need for concern over this kind of thing. I imagine the same might apply to Julia, which at the same time looks like it should make it easier to develop larger-scale stuff if it's wanted, despite the things I'm worried about.
Dec 12 2013
parent "Chris" <wendlec tcd.ie> writes:
On Thursday, 12 December 2013 at 10:34:40 UTC, Joseph Rushton 
Wakeling wrote:
 On 12/12/13 01:56, bearophile wrote:
 Look better, Julia aims also at partially replacing Python as 
 golden glue in
 scientific computing, and it seems to have some of the numbers 
 for it. It's
 statically typed, it has type inferencing, a refined type 
 system with
 multi-methods and more, and a good LLVM-based JIT (that's in 
 my benchmarks
 produces a performance no more than 2-4 times slower than D 
 compiled with ldc2.
 If you compile D with dmd Julia is often faster for FP-heavy 
 code. This means
 it's much faster than any Python code).
Is that taking into account stuff like NumPy/SciPy which is C underneath and (according to colleagues who use it; I don't) super-fast?
 It's better than Matlab about as much as  D is better than C, 
 and it's already
 better than Python for some things :-) And Julia is currently 
 much more
 flexible than D (there's a REPL, lot of scientific routines in 
 the std lib, and
 the JIT). In two years its easy to write code has allowed lot 
 of people to
 write more standard library than D community has done in 7 
 years.
Interesting. I did take a look at Julia after discovering that a colleague used it; it certainly has many friendly features, but I found myself worrying that some of the "easy" mathematical notation might very readily lend itself to unfortunate typos that in turn would generate bugs and wrong results. That said, when it comes to stuff like MATLAB/Octave you are often not writing extended code bases but short and easy stuff for data analysis, so there is much less need for concern over this kind of thing. I imagine the same might apply to Julia, which at the same time looks like it should make it easier to develop larger-scale stuff if it's wanted, despite the things I'm worried about.
My colleagues use Matlab for prototyping, but you cannot use it for serious programs. The thing is that all languages like R/Matlab/Python etc. are good for testing scientific algorithms, but if you want to use them in real world programs (say speech recognition), you'll have to re-write it in a language like D/C/C++.
Dec 12 2013
prev sibling next sibling parent Iain Buclaw <ibuclaw gdcproject.org> writes:
On 11 December 2013 23:32, Francesco Cattoglio
<francesco.cattoglio gmail.com> wrote:
 Damn you guys speaking about food, now I'm hungry again!


 On Wednesday, 11 December 2013 at 21:12:20 UTC, Brian Schott wrote:
 I lost -15 pounds or so this year. Does that count?
Lost -15 pounds = gained 15 pounds, right? 2014 is the year I (finally) get my master degree. That one is a given. My _dream_ for 2014 is having a chance to prove that D + ZeroMQ can earn a place in the scientific computing world (I got so much tired of C/C++ and MPI), but I will have to fight people that still think that there's nothing a good FORTRAN77 code can't compute. Also, I would like to contribute more to the D language. Will I succeed? Only time will tell! Oh, also, I hope to run away from Italy, and spend a good year somewhere in Europe! :D
Come to Brighton (UK). :-)
Dec 12 2013
prev sibling next sibling parent Joseph Rushton Wakeling <joseph.wakeling webdrake.net> writes:
On 12/12/13 00:32, Francesco Cattoglio wrote:
 Oh, also, I hope to run away from Italy, and spend a good year somewhere in
 Europe! :D
La situazione corrente chiaramente non è buono ... :-( Where in Italy are you based, out of curiosity?
Dec 12 2013
prev sibling next sibling parent Iain Buclaw <ibuclaw gdcproject.org> writes:
On 12 December 2013 10:36, Joseph Rushton Wakeling
<joseph.wakeling webdrake.net> wrote:
 On 12/12/13 00:32, Francesco Cattoglio wrote:
 Oh, also, I hope to run away from Italy, and spend a good year somewhere
 in
 Europe! :D
La situazione corrente chiaramente non buono ... :-( Where in Italy are you based, out of curiosity?
S, non affatto buono. Most of my recent friends (and my partner) have moved from Spain or Italy in the last year or two. The street I live on has quite literally turned into a little italy.
Dec 12 2013
prev sibling next sibling parent reply Iain Buclaw <ibuclaw gdcproject.org> writes:
On 12 December 2013 10:48, Iain Buclaw <ibuclaw gdcproject.org> wrote:
 On 12 December 2013 10:36, Joseph Rushton Wakeling
 <joseph.wakeling webdrake.net> wrote:
 On 12/12/13 00:32, Francesco Cattoglio wrote:
 Oh, also, I hope to run away from Italy, and spend a good year somewhere
 in
 Europe! :D
La situazione corrente chiaramente non buono ... :-( Where in Italy are you based, out of curiosity?
S, non affatto buono. Most of my recent friends (and my partner) have moved from Spain or Italy in the last year or two. The street I live on has quite literally turned into a little italy.
Minus the mafia. ;)
Dec 12 2013
parent reply "Francesco Cattoglio" <francesco.cattoglio gmail.com> writes:
On Thursday, 12 December 2013 at 10:51:29 UTC, Iain Buclaw wrote:
 On 12 December 2013 10:48, Iain Buclaw <ibuclaw gdcproject.org> 
 wrote:
 On 12 December 2013 10:36, Joseph Rushton Wakeling
 <joseph.wakeling webdrake.net> wrote:
 La situazione corrente chiaramente non è buono ... :-(
Diciamo non buona abbastanza ;) I like Italy a lot, don't get me wrong, but I think I need a decent experience somewhere in "northen" Europe if I want to find any good chance for professional growth.
 Where in Italy are you based, out of curiosity?
Milano right now. But no, I don't support neither Milan nor Inter :D
 Sì, non è affatto buono.  Most of my recent friends (and my 
 partner)
 have moved from Spain or Italy in the last year or two.  The 
 street I
 live on has quite literally turned into a little italy.
You said Brighton, didn't you?
 Minus the mafia. ;)
Trust me, some kind of mafia is everywhere :P We have an idiom here: "Tutto il mondo è paese"
Dec 12 2013
next sibling parent Iain Buclaw <ibuclaw gdcproject.org> writes:
On 12 December 2013 11:07, Francesco Cattoglio
<francesco.cattoglio gmail.com> wrote:
 On Thursday, 12 December 2013 at 10:51:29 UTC, Iain Buclaw wrote:
 On 12 December 2013 10:48, Iain Buclaw <ibuclaw gdcproject.org> wrote:
 On 12 December 2013 10:36, Joseph Rushton Wakeling
 <joseph.wakeling webdrake.net> wrote:
 La situazione corrente chiaramente non  buono ... :-(
Diciamo non buona abbastanza ;) I like Italy a lot, don't get me wrong, but I think I need a decent experience somewhere in "northen" Europe if I want to find any good chance for professional growth.
 Where in Italy are you based, out of curiosity?
Milano right now. But no, I don't support neither Milan nor Inter :D
 S, non  affatto buono.  Most of my recent friends (and my partner)
 have moved from Spain or Italy in the last year or two.  The street I
 live on has quite literally turned into a little italy.
You said Brighton, didn't you?
Yes, moved to Brighton. :-)
 Minus the mafia. ;)
Trust me, some kind of mafia is everywhere :P We have an idiom here: "Tutto il mondo paese"
Haha, :o)
Dec 12 2013
prev sibling parent reply "Paolo Invernizzi" <paolo.invernizzi gmail.com> writes:
On Thursday, 12 December 2013 at 11:07:43 UTC, Francesco 
Cattoglio wrote:
 On Thursday, 12 December 2013 at 10:51:29 UTC, Iain Buclaw 
 wrote:
 On 12 December 2013 10:48, Iain Buclaw 
 <ibuclaw gdcproject.org> wrote:
 On 12 December 2013 10:36, Joseph Rushton Wakeling wrote:
 La situazione corrente chiaramente non è buono ... :-(
Diciamo non buona abbastanza ;) I like Italy a lot, don't get me wrong, but I think I need a decent experience somewhere in "northen" Europe if I want to find any good chance for professional growth.
 Where in Italy are you based, out of curiosity?
Milano right now. But no, I don't support neither Milan nor Inter :D
Doh, there's also some company (*cough cough*) that is actively using D in production right here in Milan... *grin* --- Paolo
Dec 12 2013
parent reply "Francesco Cattoglio" <francesco.cattoglio gmail.com> writes:
On Thursday, 12 December 2013 at 21:26:58 UTC, Paolo Invernizzi 
wrote:
 On Thursday, 12 December 2013 at 11:07:43 UTC, Francesco 
 Cattoglio wrote:
 On Thursday, 12 December 2013 at 10:51:29 UTC, Iain Buclaw 
 wrote:
 On 12 December 2013 10:48, Iain Buclaw 
 <ibuclaw gdcproject.org> wrote:
 On 12 December 2013 10:36, Joseph Rushton Wakeling wrote:
 La situazione corrente chiaramente non è buono ... :-(
Diciamo non buona abbastanza ;) I like Italy a lot, don't get me wrong, but I think I need a decent experience somewhere in "northen" Europe if I want to find any good chance for professional growth.
 Where in Italy are you based, out of curiosity?
Milano right now. But no, I don't support neither Milan nor Inter :D
Doh, there's also some company (*cough cough*) that is actively using D in production right here in Milan... *grin* --- Paolo
Ok... E non mi dici nemmeno il nome? :D (In English: well, care to tell me the company's name?)
Dec 13 2013
next sibling parent reply "Paolo Invernizzi" <paolo.invernizzi gmail.com> writes:
On Friday, 13 December 2013 at 10:40:56 UTC, Francesco Cattoglio 
wrote:
 On Thursday, 12 December 2013 at 21:26:58 UTC, Paolo Invernizzi 
 wrote:
 Doh, there's also some company (*cough cough*) that is 
 actively using D in production right here in Milan... *grin*
 ---
 Paolo
Ok... E non mi dici nemmeno il nome? :D (In English: well, care to tell me the company's name?)
Sure: www.srlabs.it We do nice things with eye-trackers... --- Paolo
Dec 13 2013
parent reply Andrei Alexandrescu <SeeWebsiteForEmail erdani.org> writes:
On 12/13/13 7:13 AM, Paolo Invernizzi wrote:
 On Friday, 13 December 2013 at 10:40:56 UTC, Francesco Cattoglio wrote:
 On Thursday, 12 December 2013 at 21:26:58 UTC, Paolo Invernizzi wrote:
 Doh, there's also some company (*cough cough*) that is actively using
 D in production right here in Milan... *grin*
 ---
 Paolo
Ok... E non mi dici nemmeno il nome? :D (In English: well, care to tell me the company's name?)
Sure: www.srlabs.it We do nice things with eye-trackers... --- Paolo
Added to http://wiki.dlang.org/Current_D_Use#Organizations. You may want to edit the page to add more specifics. Andrei
Dec 13 2013
parent Iain Buclaw <ibuclaw gdcproject.org> writes:
On Dec 13, 2013 9:25 PM, "Andrei Alexandrescu" <
SeeWebsiteForEmail erdani.org> wrote:
 On 12/13/13 7:13 AM, Paolo Invernizzi wrote:
 On Friday, 13 December 2013 at 10:40:56 UTC, Francesco Cattoglio wrote:
 On Thursday, 12 December 2013 at 21:26:58 UTC, Paolo Invernizzi wrote:
 Doh, there's also some company (*cough cough*) that is actively using
 D in production right here in Milan... *grin*
 ---
 Paolo
Ok... E non mi dici nemmeno il nome? :D (In English: well, care to tell me the company's name?)
Sure: www.srlabs.it We do nice things with eye-trackers... --- Paolo
Added to http://wiki.dlang.org/Current_D_Use#Organizations. You may want
to edit the page to add more specifics.
 Andrei
Couldn't help but notice that ABA games was mentioned in that wiki as "written for D 0.x" Incase no one is actually aware, the ABA games are still alive in Debian/Ubuntu, they have been ported (albeit minimally) to D2 by the Debian game package devs (with guidance and non-trivial changes given from myself). So if anyone is interested in taking the code from Debian and making the games rock even more... Regards -- Iain Buclaw *(p < e ? p++ : p) = (c & 0x0f) + '0';
Dec 14 2013
prev sibling parent "Andrea Fontana" <nospam example.com> writes:
On Friday, 13 December 2013 at 10:40:56 UTC, Francesco Cattoglio 
wrote:
 On Thursday, 12 December 2013 at 21:26:58 UTC, Paolo Invernizzi 
 wrote:
 On Thursday, 12 December 2013 at 11:07:43 UTC, Francesco 
 Cattoglio wrote:
 On Thursday, 12 December 2013 at 10:51:29 UTC, Iain Buclaw 
 wrote:
 On 12 December 2013 10:48, Iain Buclaw 
 <ibuclaw gdcproject.org> wrote:
 On 12 December 2013 10:36, Joseph Rushton Wakeling wrote:
 La situazione corrente chiaramente non è buono ... :-(
Diciamo non buona abbastanza ;) I like Italy a lot, don't get me wrong, but I think I need a decent experience somewhere in "northen" Europe if I want to find any good chance for professional growth.
 Where in Italy are you based, out of curiosity?
Milano right now. But no, I don't support neither Milan nor Inter :D
Doh, there's also some company (*cough cough*) that is actively using D in production right here in Milan... *grin* --- Paolo
Ok... E non mi dici nemmeno il nome? :D (In English: well, care to tell me the company's name?)
Also here, in Venice. We (2night.it) are using D in production too. But we're not hiring, for now. :)
Dec 13 2013
prev sibling next sibling parent Joseph Rushton Wakeling <joseph.wakeling webdrake.net> writes:
On 12/12/13 11:48, Iain Buclaw wrote:
 S, non  affatto buono.  Most of my recent friends (and my partner)
 have moved from Spain or Italy in the last year or two.  The street I
 live on has quite literally turned into a little italy.
Quite apart from any other reason, you get loads of people coming to Brighton for the language schools, no? But the sad thing is almost all the talented young Italians I know are considering when and how they should move somewhere else. As for the mafia -- they get everywhere. ;-) You'd be amazed how many legit businesses in the UK are actually mafia investments.
Dec 12 2013
prev sibling parent Iain Buclaw <ibuclaw gdcproject.org> writes:
On 12 December 2013 14:24, Joseph Rushton Wakeling
<joseph.wakeling webdrake.net> wrote:
 On 12/12/13 11:48, Iain Buclaw wrote:
 Sě, non č affatto buono.  Most of my recent friends (and my partner)

 have moved from Spain or Italy in the last year or two.  The street I
 live on has quite literally turned into a little italy.
Quite apart from any other reason, you get loads of people coming to Brighton for the language schools, no? But the sad thing is almost all the talented young Italians I know are considering when and how they should move somewhere else.
That we do - my Spanish neighbours actually only planned to stay in the country for a year to learn English. They have since decided to stay for a further year, so I'm quite interested to see where they will go with this delaying... :)
Dec 12 2013
prev sibling next sibling parent Joseph Rushton Wakeling <joseph.wakeling webdrake.net> writes:
On 11/12/13 22:00, bearophile wrote:
 I am glad to read all this. And yes, good vegetables are very good food. I also
 suggest raw fennel, raw carrots, raw celery stalks, raw cucumber, steamed
 broccoli (and related: brassica oleracea var capitata rubyball, purple
 cauliflower, romanesco broccoli, curled cabbage, lacinato kale, both steamed
and
 in soups with some breads and carrot pieces, zucchine (cucurbita pepo)),
 eggplants, plus several fruits as pomegranate, etc. :-)
Take sliced fennel, sliced celery, partially-crushed walnuts, mix together, grate flakes of parmesan over the top, and finally drizzle over with a really good olive oil. (Optionally also drizzle over with lemon juice, freshly squeezed.) One delicious salad is yours. :-)
Dec 11 2013
prev sibling next sibling parent Iain Buclaw <ibuclaw gdcproject.org> writes:
On 11 December 2013 21:30, Joseph Rushton Wakeling
<joseph.wakeling webdrake.net> wrote:
 On 11/12/13 22:00, bearophile wrote:
 I am glad to read all this. And yes, good vegetables are very good food. I
 also
 suggest raw fennel, raw carrots, raw celery stalks, raw cucumber, steamed
 broccoli (and related: brassica oleracea var capitata rubyball, purple
 cauliflower, romanesco broccoli, curled cabbage, lacinato kale, both
 steamed and
 in soups with some breads and carrot pieces, zucchine (cucurbita pepo)),
 eggplants, plus several fruits as pomegranate, etc. :-)
Take sliced fennel, sliced celery, partially-crushed walnuts, mix together, grate flakes of parmesan over the top, and finally drizzle over with a really good olive oil. (Optionally also drizzle over with lemon juice, freshly squeezed.) One delicious salad is yours. :-)
With one butternut squash diced and oven roasted till tender, and a pasta of your choice (linguine or farfalle are my preferred). Make an onion, garlic and sage saute in a deep pan, mix in butternut squash (mash it) and pasta, sprinkle in pine nuts and serve with parmesan and optionally drizzle of olive oil. -> One pasta dish that melts in your mouth hot or cold. :o)
Dec 12 2013
prev sibling parent Andrej Mitrovic <andrej.mitrovich gmail.com> writes:
On 12/12/13, Iain Buclaw <ibuclaw gdcproject.org> wrote:
 With one butternut squash diced and oven roasted till tender, and a
 pasta of your choice (linguine or farfalle are my preferred). Make an
 onion, garlic and sage saute in a deep pan, mix in butternut squash
 (mash it) and pasta, sprinkle in pine nuts and serve with parmesan and
 optionally drizzle of olive oil.  ->  One pasta dish that melts in
 your mouth hot or cold. :o)
This thread seems to have taken a delicious turn!
Dec 12 2013
prev sibling next sibling parent "Joshua Niehus" <jm.niehus gmail.com> writes:
On Wednesday, 11 December 2013 at 19:45:25 UTC, Andrej Mitrovic 
wrote:
 As for my future plans, I'm hoping to land myself a nice
 programming-related job next year.
I hear facebook and sociomantic are hiring ;)
Dec 11 2013
prev sibling next sibling parent Matt Soucy <msoucy csh.rit.edu> writes:
On 11/12/13 02:44 PM, Andrej Mitrovic wrote:
 I thought we'd enjoy a bit of reminiscing of the past year and talk
 about our plans for the future, whether it's something personal or
 D-related that anyone is willing to publicly talk about. It should be
 a fun topic, or so I hope! :) So let me begin..
=20
 Generally this has been an awesome year for me. This year I've become
 a part of the D core team, which is not something I even planned for,
 but I'm really grateful it happened. It's an awesome team to be in!
=20
 Another thing that happened, is that after many years promising myself
 that "this year" was going to be the one where I get in shape and live
 a healthy life, it turns out that 2013 was that year! I've lost 20 Kg
 (44 lbs) this year and now my BMI is in the normal range at around
 22.4 BMI. It was 28.4 BMI at 95 KG (209 lbs) at the start of the year.
 It wasn't just frequent exercise that helped me lose weight. I started
 eating healthy food, and now spinach, kale, beets, and other
 vegetables are a permanent part of my diet. I wouldn't dream of saying
 this last year, but steamed veggies are absolutely delicious!!
=20
 As for my future plans, I'm hoping to land myself a nice
 programming-related job next year. I've never had a programming job,
 most of the paid work I ever did was physical work, such as drilling
 through bricks, rock, concrete, installing and repairing air
 conditioners, installing central heating systems, lighting and
 electrical work, and stuff like that.
=20
 I also want to and plan to study algorithms this year. Whenever some
 algorithm-related discussion popped up in the newsgroups I would
 typically avoid giving any input as most of the conversation would go
 over my head. But I'm gonna bite down and study hard, I really want to
 "grok" it.
=20
 Ok, so who's next who wants to share?
=20
2013: Most of my major accomplishments deal with me becoming more confident in myself - Running for a leadership position (twice) (first time I didn't get it, finding out the second tonight), publicly announcing a library I've developed for the first time, coming out to family and friends, going to more Hackathons and demoing more things I've built. I also got a chance to work on some kind of interesting projects, including giving most of my other-language code a bit of a D accent. Whoops. My Python got interesting for a while. Got put onto a large(r) project at my co-op, something that directly affects dozens of shipped products as well as rewriting a tool to help with testing all those products. 2014: Goals include: Winning that election Becoming more involved in open-source development (and "hacktivism" as my friend/professor puts it). Start learning more about programming language design and theory - I'll be taking a class on it, but I'd like to learn more about how it works in the "real world", not just academia. Get in better shape - I'm extremely scrawny and want to put a little bit of muscle on - rock climbing is helping with that. Biggest goal: teach others. I have several seminars lined up to present to local students at RIT, including some on D and Python. --=20 Matt Soucy http://msoucy.me/
Dec 11 2013
prev sibling next sibling parent reply Mike Parker <aldacron gmail.com> writes:
On 12/12/2013 4:44 AM, Andrej Mitrovic wrote:
 Ok, so who's next who wants to share?
2013 The biggest thing for me is that the hot dog shop I opened in at the end of October of last year really took off this past spring. We got a great review in a local expat magazine and a number of Korean "power bloggers" at naver.com and elsewhere have driven a lot of traffic our way. We've done no active marketing whatsoever. It's all been word-of-mouth. The guy from the magazine heard about us that way. It's hard to find really good hot dog shops in Seoul, so that's been a big plus on our side. And on a personal note, I "won" NaNoWriMo. This was my first year participating. I thought it was going to be difficult, but it was so much fun that I hardly broke a sweat. This was a very big deal for me. I've always loved writing, but I hadn't written any fiction in over ten years. And I had never written anything novel-length before. It was very liberating. 2014 I need to finish a project in D! I've got a dozen D projects in various states of completion just bit-rotting on my hard drive. My biggest goal in 2014 is to put all of my attention on *one* of them and get it done. To facilitate that, I also want to grow the hot dog business somewhat. We're planning to expand the menu and I'm hoping that, coupled with some promotional activities we're considering, will bring in enough new business for us to hire a couple of regular employees so I can take some time off. Right now, I'm only off two days in a month. And I still have a handful of classes to teach, besides. I need more coding time! --- This email is free from viruses and malware because avast! Antivirus protection is active. http://www.avast.com
Dec 12 2013
parent reply =?UTF-8?B?QWxpIMOHZWhyZWxp?= <acehreli yahoo.com> writes:
On 12/12/2013 12:09 AM, Mike Parker wrote:

 And on a personal note, I "won" NaNoWriMo.
Wow! If winning means completing 50K words, my daughter did the same! :) Ali
Dec 12 2013
parent Mike Parker <aldacron gmail.com> writes:
On 12/12/2013 6:51 PM, Ali Çehreli wrote:
 On 12/12/2013 12:09 AM, Mike Parker wrote:

  > And on a personal note, I "won" NaNoWriMo.

 Wow! If winning means completing 50K words, my daughter did the same! :)
Yes, it does. Congrats to your daughter!
Dec 12 2013
prev sibling next sibling parent reply "monarch_dodra" <monarchdodra gmail.com> writes:
On Wednesday, 11 December 2013 at 19:45:25 UTC, Andrej Mitrovic 
wrote:
 As for my future plans, I'm hoping to land myself a nice
 programming-related job next year. I've never had a programming 
 job,
 most of the paid work I ever did was physical work, such as 
 drilling
 through bricks, rock, concrete, installing and repairing air
 conditioners, installing central heating systems, lighting and
 electrical work, and stuff like that.
I'm actually baffled to hear that someone of your caliber has is not a professional programmer. Passion and theory alone will only get you so far... (IMO). So, I hope you land yourself that job.
 I also want to and plan to study algorithms this year. Whenever 
 some
 algorithm-related discussion popped up in the newsgroups I would
 typically avoid giving any input as most of the conversation 
 would go
 over my head. But I'm gonna bite down and study hard, I really 
 want to
 "grok" it.
Algorithms are a major branch of programming, and, IMO, one of the funnest ones to study. Having solid knowledge of all the major algorithms (as well as data structures in general, they are also "forms" of algorithms) will *always* help you tremendously, no matter what you are doing. I (personally) really enjoy thinking in terms of "complexity" (in operations or memory), "worst case complexity" or "amortized cost". Having a background in math helps, but if you don't have it, it means ever more stuff to learn! Learning is fun.
 My first mini-geek is due in June :D
 Awesome! So it's a he?
Who said girls can't be geeks? Seriously though, I don't know yet.
Dec 12 2013
next sibling parent Andrej Mitrovic <andrej.mitrovich gmail.com> writes:
On 12/12/13, monarch_dodra <monarchdodra gmail.com> wrote:
 I'm actually baffled to hear that someone of your caliber has is
 not a professional programmer. Passion and theory alone will only
 get you so far... (IMO).

 So, I hope you land yourself that job.
Thanks. I'm currently somewhere in a pre-interview stage with Sociomantic, we'll see how it goes!
Dec 12 2013
prev sibling next sibling parent "Craig Dillabaugh" <craig.dillabaugh gmail.com> writes:
On Thursday, 12 December 2013 at 09:21:46 UTC, monarch_dodra 
wrote:
 On Wednesday, 11 December 2013 at 19:45:25 UTC, Andrej Mitrovic 
 wrote:
 As for my future plans, I'm hoping to land myself a nice
 programming-related job next year. I've never had a 
 programming job,
 most of the paid work I ever did was physical work, such as 
 drilling
 through bricks, rock, concrete, installing and repairing air
 conditioners, installing central heating systems, lighting and
 electrical work, and stuff like that.
I'm actually baffled to hear that someone of your caliber has is not a professional programmer. Passion and theory alone will only get you so far... (IMO). So, I hope you land yourself that job.
clip Andrej is like Matt Damon's character in "Good Will Hunting" (hopefully without all the psychological issues). Good luck in the job hunt. I am sort of the Anti-Andrej. My big accomplishment for 2013 was to complete my Ph.D. in Computer Science (after many years), but I am actually not a fantastic programmer. My degree is in 'theoretical' computer science, a number of the profs in my research group would likely have been happy to do all their work with just paper and pencils. I kept asking my supervisor to let me do some implementation project as part of my research, but he kept answering "No, it will take too long". Finally, a reviewer for one of our papers said the only way he would except it was if we included 'experimental results'. So I got to implement something, and of course I used D! Considering I have a BES and M.Sc. in Geography, and no extensive math background, I figure getting a Ph.D. in CS is a bit of a coup on my part. With that out of the way my goal for 2014 is to improve as a programmer and hopefully start making some contributions to the D community. I actually started making some small documentation corrections to various D projects this past year, and want to work my way up to something more substantial. Congratulations to all the new parents out there. Cheers, Craig
Dec 12 2013
prev sibling next sibling parent reply Joseph Rushton Wakeling <joseph.wakeling webdrake.net> writes:
On 12/12/13 10:21, monarch_dodra wrote:
 I'm actually baffled to hear that someone of your caliber has is not a
 professional programmer. Passion and theory alone will only get you so far...
 (IMO).
I don't know if this speaks to Andrej's situation, but you'd be amazed at how much it can matter in some countries that one doesn't have a degree or a "professional" qualification. Somehow an actual record of excellent work doesn't cut it in some places.
 So, I hope you land yourself that job.
Me too -- good luck! :-)
Dec 12 2013
parent "Dicebot" <public dicebot.lv> writes:
On Thursday, 12 December 2013 at 14:28:41 UTC, Joseph Rushton 
Wakeling wrote:
 On 12/12/13 10:21, monarch_dodra wrote:
 I'm actually baffled to hear that someone of your caliber has 
 is not a
 professional programmer. Passion and theory alone will only 
 get you so far...
 (IMO).
I don't know if this speaks to Andrej's situation, but you'd be amazed at how much it can matter in some countries that one doesn't have a degree or a "professional" qualification. Somehow an actual record of excellent work doesn't cut it in some places.
I think it is more of a stereotype nowadays. Still true for some extremely conservative areas like banking but in general companies become increasingly aware of fact that they simply can't afford that attitude anymore because of global lack of programmers. It has changed a lot as long as I have been observing the industry and I am only doing it for ~6 years.
Dec 12 2013
prev sibling parent "H. S. Teoh" <hsteoh quickfur.ath.cx> writes:
On Thu, Dec 12, 2013 at 03:28:35PM +0100, Joseph Rushton Wakeling wrote:
 On 12/12/13 10:21, monarch_dodra wrote:
I'm actually baffled to hear that someone of your caliber has is not
a professional programmer. Passion and theory alone will only get you
so far...  (IMO).
I don't know if this speaks to Andrej's situation, but you'd be amazed at how much it can matter in some countries that one doesn't have a degree or a "professional" qualification. Somehow an actual record of excellent work doesn't cut it in some places.
[...] My dad was wise when he advised me, many years ago, to pursue higher studies in spite of the fact that at the time I'd already mastered assembly language programming and could easily pick up any language in a short time. He told me that just because I had the ability doesn't necessarily mean people would recognize it, and that having that piece of paper (i.e., a degree) to show would open many doors. I'm very thankful I took his advice. T -- Meat: euphemism for dead animal. -- Flora
Dec 12 2013
prev sibling next sibling parent "Chris" <wendlec tcd.ie> writes:
On Wednesday, 11 December 2013 at 19:45:25 UTC, Andrej Mitrovic 
wrote:

2013
Wrote a D code base for a screen reader plugin (NVDA) and a 
rudimentary server for mobile phones (vibe.d). Learned more about 
D.

2014
Bring old bits of my D code up to modern D-standards. Dig deeper 
and use the full power of D (where necessary). A general spring 
cleaning for code.
Make the plugin and the web service available (for free).
Try to re-write in D or at least interface to some of the 
algorithms developed by colleagues and other people in other 
languages (e.g. try MatD), and create a solid code base.
Keep on learning and promoting D and write the odd blog about how 
D can help solve _practical_ problems.
Think about how D's features and the freedom it provides can help 
develop new approaches to structuring programs (something that's 
been on my mind for a few months now).
Dec 12 2013
prev sibling next sibling parent "Rikki Cattermole" <alphaglosined gmail.com> writes:
For me 2013 has been very interesting. Learnt a huge amount with 
regards to D and system level programming. Basically knew nothing 
before hand.

Have done a lot with my tertiary institute with regards to 
helping others (in an official capacity).
Before the end of the year I'll be doing streaming and 
considering D tutorials on youtube.
My goal at least before I start back at my degree next year is 
get DOOGLE released, have my web service in a showable condition.

For 2014 the goal is:
a) Get my degree in ICT
b) Have a fully functioning gui toolkit
c) Have my web service live with support of at least one tertiary 
institute and maybe a conference (its educational in nature and 
does fill a need).
d) A stretch goal of getting or starting diploma in adult 
education.

So if anyone in Christchurch or New Zealand in general needs a D 
dev I'll be available second half of next year as part of my 
degree (project with a company). Would help me a lot!

So for me it will definitely be very exciting.
Dec 12 2013
prev sibling next sibling parent reply "Dicebot" <public dicebot.lv> writes:
Heh, nice thread :)

For me this year was absolutely insane. Main accomplishment 
pretty much says all about it - I have survived through it. 
Literally. Got hit by cerebral stroke (this must be the term) in 
previous December, almost died there - unconscious for a week, 
blind for a month, unable to walk for 4 more months. Still no one 
knows why it has happened. To own surprise have eventually 
recovered almost perfectly with only a few balance issues 
remaining. This crap has removed half of 2013 from my life though.

After that I have deciding that programming in embedded/kernel C 
environment is just too unhealthy and something needs to be done. 
Noticed that Sociomantic are hiring, casually applied, 
surprisingly got accepted. Moved to Berlin. Have discovered that 
I completely dislike Germany / Berlin but working with D is just 
too good to just move somewhere else :) Still struggling with 
that internal conflict, is definitely one of issues to address in 
2014.

Also major goal for 2014 is to finally start devote some regular 
time to open-source projects instead of current chaotic rampaging 
migration between different points of interest in D domain.
Dec 12 2013
next sibling parent reply Andrej Mitrovic <andrej.mitrovich gmail.com> writes:
On 12/12/13, Dicebot <public dicebot.lv> wrote:
 surprisingly got accepted. Moved to Berlin. Have discovered that
 I completely dislike Germany / Berlin but working with D is just
 too good to just move somewhere else :)
What didn't you like about Berlin?
Dec 12 2013
next sibling parent reply "Chris" <wendlec tcd.ie> writes:
On Thursday, 12 December 2013 at 17:55:19 UTC, Andrej Mitrovic 
wrote:
 On 12/12/13, Dicebot <public dicebot.lv> wrote:
 surprisingly got accepted. Moved to Berlin. Have discovered 
 that
 I completely dislike Germany / Berlin but working with D is 
 just
 too good to just move somewhere else :)
 What didn't you like about Berlin?
Well, ... What I get from this thread is that a lot of guys are into music. We could strike up a band "The D Strings"*. Honestly, I feel the same, I should put a band together and not let my talent go to waste. I know more about music than I ever will about memory allocation. Dicebot You may check out Ireland. Google are in Dublin and a lot of other IT companies come to Ireland too. Or you set up your own company and program in D. Game development is big in Dublin, I've heard. *How much will we dchar-ge for the first gig? – Sorry, bad pun.
Dec 13 2013
next sibling parent reply "eles" <eles eles.com> writes:
On Friday, 13 December 2013 at 12:07:36 UTC, Chris wrote:
 On Thursday, 12 December 2013 at 17:55:19 UTC, Andrej Mitrovic 
 wrote:
 On 12/12/13, Dicebot <public dicebot.lv> wrote:
 music. We could strike up a band "The D Strings"*. Honestly, I
;) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/String_(physics)
  – Sorry, bad pun.
:P alike :)
Dec 13 2013
parent reply "Chris" <wendlec tcd.ie> writes:
On Friday, 13 December 2013 at 13:52:16 UTC, eles wrote:
 On Friday, 13 December 2013 at 12:07:36 UTC, Chris wrote:
 On Thursday, 12 December 2013 at 17:55:19 UTC, Andrej Mitrovic 
 wrote:
 On 12/12/13, Dicebot <public dicebot.lv> wrote:
 music. We could strike up a band "The D Strings"*. Honestly, I
;) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/String_(physics)
 – Sorry, bad pun.
:P alike :)
"Strings can be either open or closed." Or immutable strings. Seriously, I think that all those theories about quarks and strings are the equivalent of pointers in programming. A pointer is a reference and the universe is full of pointers. That's how things can interact over long distances. I know I'm weird :D
Dec 13 2013
parent reply "eles" <eles eles.com> writes:
On Friday, 13 December 2013 at 14:00:10 UTC, Chris wrote:
 On Friday, 13 December 2013 at 13:52:16 UTC, eles wrote:
 On Friday, 13 December 2013 at 12:07:36 UTC, Chris wrote:
 On Thursday, 12 December 2013 at 17:55:19 UTC, Andrej 
 Mitrovic wrote:
 On 12/12/13, Dicebot <public dicebot.lv> wrote:
 pointer is a reference and the universe is full of pointers.
No wonder why the garbage collector performs so poorly.
Dec 13 2013
parent reply "Chris" <wendlec tcd.ie> writes:
On Friday, 13 December 2013 at 14:05:01 UTC, eles wrote:
 On Friday, 13 December 2013 at 14:00:10 UTC, Chris wrote:
 On Friday, 13 December 2013 at 13:52:16 UTC, eles wrote:
 On Friday, 13 December 2013 at 12:07:36 UTC, Chris wrote:
 On Thursday, 12 December 2013 at 17:55:19 UTC, Andrej 
 Mitrovic wrote:
 On 12/12/13, Dicebot <public dicebot.lv> wrote:
 pointer is a reference and the universe is full of pointers.
No wonder why the garbage collector performs so poorly.
And there's loads of garbage in the universe. Planet earth seems to gather most of it. Imagine implementing a GC for TV programs. :)
Dec 13 2013
next sibling parent "eles" <eles eles.com> writes:
On Friday, 13 December 2013 at 15:09:03 UTC, Chris wrote:
 On Friday, 13 December 2013 at 14:05:01 UTC, eles wrote:
 On Friday, 13 December 2013 at 14:00:10 UTC, Chris wrote:
 On Friday, 13 December 2013 at 13:52:16 UTC, eles wrote:
 On Friday, 13 December 2013 at 12:07:36 UTC, Chris wrote:
 On Thursday, 12 December 2013 at 17:55:19 UTC, Andrej 
 Mitrovic wrote:
 On 12/12/13, Dicebot <public dicebot.lv> wrote:
 And there's loads of garbage in the universe. Planet earth 
 seems to gather most of it. Imagine implementing a GC for TV 
 programs. :)
That would be only a stop-the-world GC. Imagine a stop-the-universe GC :)
Dec 13 2013
prev sibling parent "Dicebot" <public dicebot.lv> writes:
On Friday, 13 December 2013 at 15:09:03 UTC, Chris wrote:
 And there's loads of garbage in the universe. Planet earth 
 seems to gather most of it. Imagine implementing a GC for TV 
 programs. :)
Reminds me of "If Java had true garbage collection, most programs would delete themselves upon execution." :)
Dec 13 2013
prev sibling next sibling parent Joseph Rushton Wakeling <joseph.wakeling webdrake.net> writes:
On 13/12/13 13:07, Chris wrote:
 What I get from this thread is that a lot of guys are into music. We could
 strike up a band "The D Strings"*.
Thank God they didn't call the language G ... :-P
 *How much will we dchar-ge for the first gig? – Sorry, bad pun.
A stack allocation of money. :-)
Dec 13 2013
prev sibling parent reply "Dicebot" <public dicebot.lv> writes:
On Friday, 13 December 2013 at 12:07:36 UTC, Chris wrote:
  Dicebot

 You may check out Ireland. Google are in Dublin and a lot of 
 other IT companies come to Ireland too. Or you set up your own 
 company and program in D. Game development is big in Dublin, 
 I've heard.
AFAIK companies are often registered in Ireland because of some nice tax hack possible there, not much actual development goes there. Also Google nowadays is one of those companies where people actually bother about a degree - not my type for sure ;) I hope to eventually get remote contract and move to Iceland at some distant point of my life :) This country has done a lot of stuff right.
Dec 13 2013
parent "Chris" <wendlec tcd.ie> writes:
On Friday, 13 December 2013 at 14:15:04 UTC, Dicebot wrote:
 On Friday, 13 December 2013 at 12:07:36 UTC, Chris wrote:
  Dicebot

 You may check out Ireland. Google are in Dublin and a lot of 
 other IT companies come to Ireland too. Or you set up your own 
 company and program in D. Game development is big in Dublin, 
 I've heard.
AFAIK companies are often registered in Ireland because of some nice tax hack possible there, not much actual development goes there.
I know people who work in IT companies or have set up their own companies in Dublin. AFIK the general climate for this kinda stuff is good. I know a German guy who was headhunted by a company in the US while working in Dublin. The good thing about Ireland is that the connections are there and there is no language barrier.
 Also Google nowadays is one of those companies where people 
 actually bother about a degree - not my type for sure ;)
Yeah, that's a bit weird, especially now that so many people go into programming for various reasons (e.g. app development).
 I hope to eventually get remote contract and move to Iceland at 
 some distant point of my life :) This country has done a lot of 
 stuff right.
. They have, by dad, they have. You could stop over in Ireland and if it's too hot for you here, move up north to Iceland. The same only less sun and more rain :D
Dec 13 2013
prev sibling parent "Dicebot" <public dicebot.lv> writes:
On Thursday, 12 December 2013 at 17:55:19 UTC, Andrej Mitrovic 
wrote:
 On 12/12/13, Dicebot <public dicebot.lv> wrote:
 surprisingly got accepted. Moved to Berlin. Have discovered 
 that
 I completely dislike Germany / Berlin but working with D is 
 just
 too good to just move somewhere else :)
What didn't you like about Berlin?
Amount of smoking people in the streets and famous German bureaucracy is definitely too much for me (I am allergic to the former). Nothing insane, just not a place where I want to settle down in the long term.
Dec 13 2013
prev sibling parent "eles" <eles eles.com> writes:
On Thursday, 12 December 2013 at 11:15:09 UTC, Dicebot wrote:

 pretty much says all about it - I have survived through it.
Wow. Little could be added, but my experience was similar to yours, albeit on a kinda different plan. Congratulations for having the power to get through and over it. I wish you all the best for the remaining of 2013, for 2014 and beyond.
Dec 13 2013
prev sibling next sibling parent "John Colvin" <john.loughran.colvin gmail.com> writes:
On Wednesday, 11 December 2013 at 19:45:25 UTC, Andrej Mitrovic 
wrote:
 I thought we'd enjoy a bit of reminiscing of the past year and 
 talk
 about our plans for the future, whether it's something personal 
 or
 D-related that anyone is willing to publicly talk about. It 
 should be
 a fun topic, or so I hope! :) So let me begin..

 Generally this has been an awesome year for me. This year I've 
 become
 a part of the D core team, which is not something I even 
 planned for,
 but I'm really grateful it happened. It's an awesome team to be 
 in!

 Another thing that happened, is that after many years promising 
 myself
 that "this year" was going to be the one where I get in shape 
 and live
 a healthy life, it turns out that 2013 was that year! I've lost 
 20 Kg
 (44 lbs) this year and now my BMI is in the normal range at 
 around
 22.4 BMI. It was 28.4 BMI at 95 KG (209 lbs) at the start of 
 the year.
 It wasn't just frequent exercise that helped me lose weight. I 
 started
 eating healthy food, and now spinach, kale, beets, and other
 vegetables are a permanent part of my diet. I wouldn't dream of 
 saying
 this last year, but steamed veggies are absolutely delicious!!

 As for my future plans, I'm hoping to land myself a nice
 programming-related job next year. I've never had a programming 
 job,
 most of the paid work I ever did was physical work, such as 
 drilling
 through bricks, rock, concrete, installing and repairing air
 conditioners, installing central heating systems, lighting and
 electrical work, and stuff like that.

 I also want to and plan to study algorithms this year. Whenever 
 some
 algorithm-related discussion popped up in the newsgroups I would
 typically avoid giving any input as most of the conversation 
 would go
 over my head. But I'm gonna bite down and study hard, I really 
 want to
 "grok" it.

 Ok, so who's next who wants to share?
2013: Got myself accepted and funded for a Physics PhD to do research in to data-analysis techniques for magnetic-containment fusion. Completed my research masters, as a matter of fact I'm making the final corrections to my thesis now. Started the PhD and I'm learning at a greatly accelerated rate compared to previous study. It's great. Learned a lot more about various bits of programming, thanks mostly to D and its community. Cheers :) 2014: Learning. Learning learning learning. Research. Research research research. I'd love to get back in to playing music regularly. Coding and reading textbooks/papers every waking hour is too much. Get in shape. Again, too much time reading and coding. Complete a few of my D related projects. I'm terrible for starting things and then abandoning them before they properly take shape.
Dec 12 2013
prev sibling next sibling parent reply "Adam D. Ruppe" <destructionator gmail.com> writes:
2013 was a very bizarre year for me; I ended up doing three 
things I never expected that I'd actually do: 1) got a dog, 2) 
joined a church, and 3) started writing a book (on D!)

My todo list for 2014, remember most of these probably won't 
actually get done:

* get my finances fixed up after a weak 2012 and downright awful 
2013. I might have to get a new job but I really don't want to do 
that. I like writing D from home, just my D clients don't have 
the cashflow like they used to :(

* Finish my D book in time for dconf. This is well ahead of the 
publisher's schedule, but they said if I can write it that fast, 
they'll move things up. Right now though, I'm barely keeping up 
with their deadlines so idk if this is realistic.

* speaking of dconf, I *might* even go this year, and visit my 
parents while i'm on that side of the country. But I've never 
been on a real airplane before and I kinda like it that way so 
we'll see.

* I want to get back into blogging. Been saying this for years 
but I really should actually do it. Same with writing some games, 
I really really want do write the RPG that I learned how to 
program to write one of these days!

* My candidates for std.net.http and arsd.minigui should be 
finished at some point too.


lol it is like my whole life revolves around D. But the rest of 
it I'll just do as it comes.
Dec 12 2013
parent "Dicebot" <public dicebot.lv> writes:
On Thursday, 12 December 2013 at 16:21:38 UTC, Adam D. Ruppe
wrote:
 * Finish my D book in time for dconf. This is well ahead of the 
 publisher's schedule, but they said if I can write it that 
 fast, they'll move things up. Right now though, I'm barely 
 keeping up with their deadlines so idk if this is realistic.
Really looking forward that one :) Need moar books!
Dec 12 2013
prev sibling next sibling parent reply "Jesse Phillips" <Jesse.K.Phillips+D gmail.com> writes:
On Wednesday, 11 December 2013 at 19:45:25 UTC, Andrej Mitrovic 
wrote:
 I thought we'd enjoy a bit of reminiscing of the past year and 
 talk
 about our plans for the future, whether it's something personal 
 or
 D-related that anyone is willing to publicly talk about. It 
 should be
 a fun topic, or so I hope! :) So let me begin..
Well this is a hard one. I lost a great girlfriend (not unforeseeable, she's Japanese (I'm not)). Interviews didn't end in a job offer. And I was the Best Man at my friends wedding (oh, wait, I think that was a good thing). I continue to start projects which I know I'll probably not finish, and only gradually improving the others I've started. It isn't all bad, I did start blogging about my adventures (I still need to get use to telling people what I'm doing, now that I'm on Planet D I'm scared to tag something D that may only vaguely relate). In general things are good, just nothing big to point to. 2014 I'm looking at submitting a talk about LuaD. I know I can do a good job, I just need to dedicate time to it instead of reading reddit, playing games, and watching movies (obviously D newsgroups get to stay). My new project manager is actually willing to put my programming knowledge to use. Though it sounds like I'll have to do some translation from D to C#. There is quit a bit of opportunity here. Along with LuaD stuff I hope to get more teaching material written for D. I think I'll have to re-evaluate my choice to only make useful examples and at least start with examples which demonstrate an idea. I'm also highly considering making it out to Dconf2014. I don't usually like spending lots of money, but I no longer expect to be flying out to Japan and this should be totally worth it.
Dec 12 2013
next sibling parent "qznc" <qznc web.de> writes:
On Friday, 13 December 2013 at 03:33:23 UTC, Jesse Phillips wrote:
 I'm looking at submitting a talk about LuaD. I know I can do a 
 good job, I just need to dedicate time to it instead of reading 
 reddit, playing games, and watching movies (obviously D 
 newsgroups get to stay).
Please do. LuaD is awesome, but you probably know that already. :)
Dec 12 2013
prev sibling next sibling parent Manu <turkeyman gmail.com> writes:
On 13 December 2013 13:33, Jesse Phillips <Jesse.K.Phillips+D gmail.com>wrote:

 I'm looking at submitting a talk about LuaD.
I'd be into that. Assuming I can make it...
Dec 12 2013
prev sibling next sibling parent Iain Buclaw <ibuclaw gdcproject.org> writes:
On 13 December 2013 07:53, Manu <turkeyman gmail.com> wrote:
 On 13 December 2013 13:33, Jesse Phillips <Jesse.K.Phillips+D gmail.com>
 wrote:
 I'm looking at submitting a talk about LuaD.
I'd be into that. Assuming I can make it...
Sharing hotel rooms again? :o)
Dec 13 2013
prev sibling next sibling parent reply Manu <turkeyman gmail.com> writes:
On 13 December 2013 18:09, Iain Buclaw <ibuclaw gdcproject.org> wrote:

 On 13 December 2013 07:53, Manu <turkeyman gmail.com> wrote:
 On 13 December 2013 13:33, Jesse Phillips <Jesse.K.Phillips+D gmail.com>
 wrote:
 I'm looking at submitting a talk about LuaD.
I'd be into that. Assuming I can make it...
Sharing hotel rooms again? :o)
Haha, sure. If you weren't put off last time ;) We'll need to reserve at least 1 extra day on the end next time, so we can go and find a proper bar!
Dec 13 2013
parent "Daniel Murphy" <yebblies nospamgmail.com> writes:
"Manu" <turkeyman gmail.com> wrote in message 
news:mailman.530.1386930448.3242.digitalmars-d puremagic.com...
 On 13 December 2013 18:09, Iain Buclaw <ibuclaw gdcproject.org> wrote:

 On 13 December 2013 07:53, Manu <turkeyman gmail.com> wrote:
 On 13 December 2013 13:33, Jesse Phillips 
 <Jesse.K.Phillips+D gmail.com>
 wrote:
 I'm looking at submitting a talk about LuaD.
I'd be into that. Assuming I can make it...
Sharing hotel rooms again? :o)
Haha, sure. If you weren't put off last time ;) We'll need to reserve at least 1 extra day on the end next time, so we can go and find a proper bar!
Agreed.
Dec 13 2013
prev sibling parent Manu <turkeyman gmail.com> writes:
On 13 December 2013 20:27, Manu <turkeyman gmail.com> wrote:

 On 13 December 2013 18:09, Iain Buclaw <ibuclaw gdcproject.org> wrote:

 On 13 December 2013 07:53, Manu <turkeyman gmail.com> wrote:
 On 13 December 2013 13:33, Jesse Phillips <Jesse.K.Phillips+D gmail.com

 wrote:
 I'm looking at submitting a talk about LuaD.
I'd be into that. Assuming I can make it...
Sharing hotel rooms again? :o)
Haha, sure. If you weren't put off last time ;) We'll need to reserve at least 1 extra day on the end next time, so we can go and find a proper bar!
Actually, still got that 1 bitcoin I gave you for my room share last time? Checked the value of it recently? ;)
Dec 13 2013
prev sibling parent "Volcz" <volcz kth.se> writes:
On Wednesday, 11 December 2013 at 19:45:25 UTC, Andrej Mitrovic 
wrote:
 Ok, so who's next who wants to share?
A lot has happened this year and I have realized my life is a marathon at sprint speed, it's way to fast and long. I've been mostly lurking here on the D newsgroups and most of what I've learnt this year programming-wise has been from the newsgroup. It's been a great experience. My projects this year has been some research around CRC checksums (I'm hoping that I'll be able to contribute these to phobos) and my own home-brewed game engine. The engine now has input and graphics, this lead me to writing a ray tracer (next years project). Also learnt the basics for vi, what a tool! And last but not least I've starting to learn more about software security and will continue with the crypto parts next year. Recently ordered a type matrix keyboard. Started with bicycling. and biked the Vätternrundan (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/V%C3%A4tternrundan). So next year... I'll become a father in March/April, so that will be my main objective. Another thing that would be great if time allows would be to develop and commercially ship a product developed in D.
Dec 12 2013