I decided, some years ago, to start learning Esperanto.
I went to Lernu and spent three days learning. On the third day I’ve decided to open the instant messaging system on that web site to see what was going on. I ended up chatting with someone from Russia, in Esperanto.
We talked about the usual things you talk when you only learned the language for three days. How are you? where are you from? where do you live? do you have brothers or sisters? blah blah. I was amazed I could communicate so soon. Eventually I’ve got tired and I said something like “OK, that was fun, let’s continue in English please.”
– “Mi ne parolas la anglan.” was the reply. “I don’t speak English.”
What about la hispana (Spanish)?
I was talking with someone with whom I didn’t have any other common language than Esperanto. Three days before that we couldn’t have even say hi to each other.
Being able to write, build and run a Clojure application, like I explained in a previous article, is not enough. You also want to hack on it, to iterative code on it, after all, you are using a Lisp.
What I mean by iterative coding is something not very few know or do, but it’s extremely common in Lisp. You have you REPL running all the time (that is, generally, the interpreter). You load the code into the REPL, run it, modify some part of the code and re-load it. You may not reload the whole file but only a function on it, and you may have background process running on the REPL, like a web server. It is very powerful. Continue reading “Hacking on the Clojure application”
I like martial arts and I’ve practiced a couple during my life, and tried a few as well. Recently I became interested in them once again when a mail informed me of the existence of a dōjō near my house in Zürich.