August 26, 2012

Koopa WIP: Cobol Preprocessor

I just added an experimental Cobol preprocessor to Koopa. So far all it does is expand copy books. There is no support for replacements of tokens in copy books, or of any other preprocessing statements. Still, even this basic support was enough for Koopa to be able to parse another three of the five remaining test files which are part of the testsuite.

If you're interested in playing with this (or in expanding it) grab the source code from the project page and start with the Cobol85PreprocessingTest class.

August 17, 2012

Everything's a remix

Maybe you've seen this TED talk by Kirby Ferguson on how everything's a remix ? If you did, did you also spontaneously think of the following video ?

This is Gotye remixing remixes by other netizens of what was originally his own song. And as much as I loved the original there is something much more incredible about this remixed remixes version...

I have said it before and I'll say it again: the web knows how to bring out the best in people by connecting their passions.

August 16, 2012

Now Software geeks can have Dremels too!

If this article on Wired has got it right the Google's Dremel will be nothing short of amazing. Complex queries on petabytes of data with results in seconds ? Yes please!

August 06, 2012


This has got to be the most amazing picture I ever saw. It's Curiosity descending towards Mars, being slowed down by its parachute.
Congrats to the team for the successful landing!