OK, I admit it - I'm a dinosaur. I still use the command line a lot as I'm subscribing to the belief that I can often type faster than I can move my hand off the keyboard to the mouse, click, and move my hand back. Plus, I grew up in an era when the command line was what you got when you turned on the computer, and Windows 2.0 or GEM was a big improvement.

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.