Category Archives: programming

Announcing the new Programming with Jim

I started Jim’s Jumbler as a programming blog, but then started writing movie and book reviews, DIY articles, and, most recently, articles on religious and political philosophy. I’m sure the mixture is a bit strange for those following my movie … Continue reading

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Where’s my Core Dump?

In the old days, the most dreaded message on a Unix system was segmentation fault: core dumped. In the case where it was your program that dumped, you then had to fire up adb and pour over the registers and … Continue reading

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Scrollbar Buttons and Why I Miss Windows 95

If you want to scroll up a page at a time in a terminal window (something I want to do most of the time), Linux Mint’s UI developers have made this almost impossible to do. Search for a solution, and … Continue reading

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C Programming: Naming Conventions

Naming conventions are like most standards: the great thing about them is that there are so many to choose from. Most people agree that a project should have one and use it consistently, but there is little agreement on what … Continue reading

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Writing Utilities in Python: fang

While working at Salesforce, I hacked a nice little utility in perl called fang, which is short for “find and grep”. It had some nice features, and I’ve often wanted something like it that I could use at home and … Continue reading

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Building cpython/Doc on Linux

For all the gory details, check out the Python Developers Guide. Installing and Building the Doc Here’s the process I followed to be able to work on the CPython documentation on Linux debian/mint: See if mercurial is installed by running: … Continue reading

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libtap Version 2 on github.com

Unit test frameworks are dime-a-dozen. For C programmers, there are libraries like cmocha and cunit. When we firstĀ  developed the sxe project at Sophos, about 5 years ago, the choices were much more limited. Most of the alternatives, like cppunit, … Continue reading

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