Daniel (Danny) Boulet

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"To laugh often and much, to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children, to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends, to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others, to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded!"

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

On the need to keep flying . . .

The recent (2001/09/11) atrocities in the U.S. have resulted in a fairly dramatic drop in air travel. It seems to me that we need to keep a few things in mind: A few comments are probably in order:

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Personal Information

I graduated from the University of Alberta in 1979 with a BSc (Honours) in Computing Science. I like to read and I'm interested in all sorts of things including science & technology, SCUBA diving, photography, history and, of course, computing. I'm married and have one child.

My resume is available upon (legitimate) request. In case you're wondering, I'm not currently even vaguely interested in switching jobs . . .

From a technical perspective, my areas of interest include:

Bias alerts:


Does anybody really believe that if Jesus or ANY of the other major religious figures of the past were walking this earth today that they would be attacking: Additionally, does anybody really believe that any of these religious figures would be supporters of the bigots who do attack these people?

Nuf said.

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Less Frequently Asked Questions

Canadian Inventions

I realize that this will come as quite a shock to some of the folks to the south of me and even to some of my fellow Canadians but Canadians have managed to make a few important inventions/discoveries over the years. Here's a list of some of them: References:

Snobol4 and Spitbol

Snobol4 is a language that came out of Bell Labs many many years ago. I first encountered the language in 1976 and was blown away by the string and data structure handling capabilities of the language. Spitbol is essentially Snobol4 on steroids (faster, more features, etc).

Recently, I came across www.snobol4.com, a site which is run by Catspaw, Inc. (a company which has been making commercial versions of Snobol4 and Spitbol for a while now). They have a freely available C-language port of Snobol4 that seems to run on every modern Unix system on the planet. Just to give you a sense of history, this port is based on the 1975 implementation of Macro Snobol4 from Bell Telephone Laboratories, Inc. This is an old language yet it has features which simply aren't available in so-called modern languages (for example, I've never seen a language that could even come close to Snobol's string pattern matching facility).

If you're interested in having a look at a very unusual programming language, check out Snobol4 (warning - the language syntax is pretty strange).

Daniel Boulet
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