First, a confession - I actually occasionally call myself a coder, but in a tongue in cheek, post-modern and ironic way. Heck, it does make for a good blog title and license plate.

Like pretty much every other programmer with a Mac, I'm currently looking at Swift. Will I write anything but toy programs in it? I don't know yet - I don't really write any Mac-ish software on my Mac,  just unix-ish programs. If Swift doesn't escape the OS X and iOS ecosystems it'll be a nice exercise in a neat language that's not really that relevant to the world at large, or at least to my part of the world at large. Not that this sort of vendor lock-in can't work well - Visual Basic 6, anybody?

For those of us who remember when the BBC Micro was the home computer with the fastest Basic implementation available, a long time ago, and was pretty legendary in home computing circles in Europe. It didn't sell that much outside of the UK, mostly because of its price. It was also the target system for the original implementation of Elite. Matt Godbolt is building an emulator in JavaScript. First post of his series can be found here.

When it comes to Emacs, I am an amateur at best, but part of the fun is that I keep discovering new useful functionality.

It's one of those days, thanks to a hard disk going south I ended up having to rebuild the system drive on one of my machines. After putting the important software back on there - "Outlook and Emacs", as one of my colleagues calls it - I had to reapply some of the usual tweaks that make a generic developer workstation my developer workstation.