Day 22: What’s the point of pointfree programming?

He had taken a new name for most of the usual reasons, and for a few unusual ones as well, not the least of which was the fact that names were important to him. — Patrick Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind If you’re a programmer, there’s a good chance that names are important toContinue reading “Day 22: What’s the point of pointfree programming?”

Day 16: Writing faster Raku code, Part II

By Wim Vanderbauwhede This is the follow-on article about writing an expression parser in Raku. In the previous article, I explained the background looked at some basic performance comparisons relating to data structures for parsing and ways to process them: lists, parse trees, recursive descent and iteration. In this article, we’ll have a look atContinue reading “Day 16: Writing faster Raku code, Part II”

Day 14: Writing Faster Raku code, Part I

By Wim Vanderbauwhede Last year, in Perl land, I discussed the result of my attempts to optimize the performance of an expression parser which is part of my Perl-based Fortran source-to-source compiler. An expression parser takes strings representing expressions in a programming language (in my case Fortran) and turns it into a data structure calledContinue reading “Day 14: Writing Faster Raku code, Part I”