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Objective-C is the Coolest Language

November 10, 2009 2 comments

At least according to Numb3rs. After I saw another Objective-C reference, I figured that the writers must have something for Objective-C. Maybe one of the math consultants does Objective-C. But I think a very likely reason is that Objective-C just looks cool. It’s not my favorite language (I don’t even like it that much), but I definitely can’t argue with the fact that, if you don’t know what is going on, it looks freakin’ cool. You use brackets for method calls. Come on. How can you not love that? And the unnecessarily long method names that are supposed to make the language easier to read but really don’t. Those are just great. (I couldn’t find any good pictures, but check out this video.) Compare that to, say, Lisp.Lisp

Yaaawwwnn. Too many parentheses. But Objective-C has a real “hacker” feel to it.

(P.S. The actual coolest language is Scala.)


Objective-C Reference in Numb3rs

August 14, 2009 2 comments

I was watching Numb3rs when I came across something interesting. So I took a screenshot:

numb3rs objc
That language is almost definitely Objective-C. The giveways are: the commenting style, the use of brackets for method calls, and the unusual method syntax (for example, [cell addSubView:switchview]).

I thought that was interesting. Why are they using Objective-C? It’s not a very portable language. For the kind of stuff they are doing, I would expect C or C++.

And then, I found this:

If you pause at 0:35, there’s a line that says
NSArray *crayon
Like, what’s the deal with that? Why is there an array of crayons?

New Blog

July 15, 2009 1 comment

Welcome to my new blog, hosted by I am unable to import certain features, so I will have to change some stuff manually and it is going to take a while. If you notice any discontinuity between this blog and the old one, please let me know with a comment on this post. I am aware that the theme is different. Additionally, all links to other posts still link to my old blog. If you happen to see any of these links, let me know where it is and I will fix it.

EDIT: Bill fixed the links. All links to my old blog now redirect to my new one.

EDIT 2: The blogroll and other links have been fixed.

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