Five-Dollar Words For Programmers, Part Four: Boustrophedonic

Here’s an almost useless but thoroughly delightful five-dollar word. English of course is read left-to-right. Hebrew and Arabic are read right-to-left. A text is boustrophedonic if it reads left-to-right and right-to-left, alternating. It’s from the Greek βουστροφηδόν meaning “as the ox turns”;  you’d plow a field with an ox right to left and then left…

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Santalic tailfans, part two

As I have said before many times, there is only one sensible way to make a performant application. (As an aside: perfectly good word, performant, deal with it!) That is: Set meaningful, measurable, customer-focused goals. Write the code to be as clear and correct as possible. Carefully measure your performance against your goals. Did you…

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A nasality talisman for the sultana analyst

The other day my charming wife Leah and I were playing Scrabble Brand Crossword Game (a registered trademark of Hasbro and Mattel) as is our wont. I went first, drawing the Q and a bunch of vowels. Knowing that the Q is death to hold onto, I immediately opened with QI for 22 points. I…

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