Month: November 2008

  • Printing the class-path in Clojure

    Let’s compare how we print the class-path in Clojure and how we do it on Java. In Clojure: In Java: To be fair, the output is not the same, but the effect is.

  • The need for a common language

    This is just one small example of why we need a international common language. In 1975, the World Health Organization refused: U$S 148,200 for a better public health service in Bangladesh U$S 83,000 to fight leprosy in Burma U$S 26,000 for basic hygiene in Dominican Republic U$S 0.50 per patient to cure trachoma, which has […]

  • My first Esperanto experience

    I decided, some years ago, to start learning Esperanto. I went to Lernu and spent three days learning. On the third day I’ve decided to open the instant messaging system on that web site to see what was going on. I ended up chatting with someone from Russia, in Esperanto. We talked about the usual […]

  • The first time I heard about Esperanto

    The first time I heard about Esperanto, I attacked it. Because that was what everybody around me did and I’ve learned from them. The second time, it annoyed me and I attacked again. The third time, I was indifferent. The fourth time, I was curious. The fifth time, I started to learn it. That’s why […]

  • Hacking on the Clojure application

    Being able to write, build and run a Clojure application, like I explained in a previous article, is not enough. You also want to hack on it, to iterative code on it, after all, you are using a Lisp. What I mean by iterative coding is something not very few know or do, but it’s […]

  • Martial arts, Zürich style

    I like martial arts and I’ve practiced a couple during my life, and tried a few as well. Recently I became interested in them once again when a mail informed me of the existence of a dōjō near my house in Zürich. And indeed Budokan is a dōjō; only Japanese martial arts are practiced there. […]