From Ada to XL in 25+ years…

At the Paris Open Source Summit, I had a long discussion with engineers from AdaCore, that reminded me of the early roots of XL in Ada. I have never really retraced the steps along the way, and this was an interesting walk for me. I thought I'd share… My interest in programming languages is quite old. … Continue reading From Ada to XL in 25+ years…

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The Alsys Ada commenting style

Since the beginning of my professional career, I have consistently been using the same commenting style in my code, which turns out to be quite distinctive. I can trace that style back to Alsys SA. There is a really good reason I still follow that commenting style to this day…

Releasing ‘build’

Today, I released build, a simple makefile-based build system derived from the makefiles for XL or ELFE. Features Build is a simple build system destined to make it easy to build C or C++ programs without having to write lengthy makefiles or going through the complexity of tools such as automake or cmake. It is … Continue reading Releasing ‘build’

iPhone contacts

There's something wrong with iPhone contacts. Simple operations like deleting an old phone number fail randomly. Anybody knows why? Case in point: one of my kids just moved to London for his first job. He now has a UK phone number. That's what I want as the primary phone number for him. This seems like … Continue reading iPhone contacts

Upgrading to kernel 4.9+

I upgraded to kernel 4.9. It apparently fixed the Wi-Fi issues. I still have occasional display glitches, but they also go away while on battery power. Kernel upgrade I upgraded to kernel 4.9+ (i.e. Linus Torvald's master branch as of today). While I ranted two days ago about some changes in how you install software, … Continue reading Upgrading to kernel 4.9+

Second time is a charm

After rendering my Mac Book unbootable installing Fedora 25, I decided to try again, changing as little as I could to see where the previous installation went wrong. I'm happy to report that the second time worked perfectly. It just works™ I now have, as I wanted, a Mac Book Pro that dual boots Fedora 25 … Continue reading Second time is a charm