Archive for 2015

[2015-08-16] ICFPC 2015

After a gap of three years, I attempted to do the task for ICFPC 2015. The task was to write a program that could play a game of (what was essentially) hexagonal Tetris with a few twists. There was a time-limit of 72 hours to finish this task in any programming language on almost any platform. As usual, by the end of the third day I was quite far from finishing it, but ended up having a little bit of fun.


[2015-04-07] “The Agony And The Ecstasy”

I hadn't known about “The Agony And The Ecstasy”, a biographical novel of the great artist Michelangelo Buonarroti by Irving Stone, until Pradnya told me about it. While she had recommended that I read the book before my recent trip to Italy, I ended up reading it only after I had come back from the trip. This book is a majisterial work on the life and the works of a superb sculptor, painter and architect. It deserves to be read by anyone interested in art or history - especially if you have traveled to, or are planning to travel to, Italy.


[2015-01-05] “Learn You A Haskell For Great Good”

Learn You A Haskell For Great Good” is a nice book with a weird title written by Miran Lipovača. It gently introduces you to functional programming with the Haskell programming language and manages to cover a surprising amount of ground without being intimidating. The author and his publisher have very kindly made the entire book available for free on-line. I think it is a great resource to start learning Haskell, but by itself it is unfortunately not enough to become proficient.