They're almost here!

The App Engine USB drives - in bright primary, Google(tm) colors - are finished! They're currently winging their way to the Dublin office (and a separate batch direct to the .astronomy venue. Can't wait to get my hands on them.

Want to get your hands on one of them too? Post a suggestion for what topic you'd like to see me write about - be it App Engine, Go, Damn Cool Algorithms, or something else - and I'll send a USB drive, loaded with App Engine goodies and a Wave invite, to the authors of the best few suggestions.

I'm going to be at .astronomy all next week, so I'm not going to be putting up new posts on my regular schedule. I will, however, be blogging about the conference, so look out for posts on some of the more interesting talks and breakout sessions/hackathons.

In one final, unrelated item, I'd like to draw your attention to an amazing bit geekery. Last week, I posted this code golf competition to Stack Overflow, for the shortest Fractran interpreter. As an extra challenge, I offered a bonus to anyone who could provide a Fractran interpreter in fractran. Not one but two people took me up on this, and it's the second one I particularly want to draw your attention to. Amadeus managed to implement a self-hosting Fractran interpreter in a mere 84 instructions, and made it fast enough to actually run some of the test cases extremely fast, too. Take a look - it's an amazing bit of code, and deserves some serious kudos.


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