Super Hyperpolyglot

Sat 05 May 2012 by Jim Purbrick

A few years ago nearly all the code I wrote was in C++, but increasingly I’m finding myself writing in a variety of mostly C-style languages and having to perform crunching mental gear changes as I switch between them.

In the interests of making these language switches less painful I thought about listing the commonly used features of the languages I commonly use in a side-by-side format. Luckily I’m a lazy programmer, the web is large and there’s nothing new under the sun, so I quickly found Hyperpolyglot which provides commonly used programming language features in a side-by-side format, which is what I wanted. Nearly.

Hyperpolyglot organizes it’s language comparisons in to several catagories: scripting languages, C++ family languages, embeddable languages and so on. In my case (and I suspect in many cases) the languages I wanted to compare were spread across several pages.

After briefly considering some cut and paste to get what I wanted I started playing with Google Spreadsheets, which has a very nifty importHtml function which allowed me to pull the Hyperpolyglot data in to several sheets which can be combined to produce arbitrary language comparisons.

It’s not perfect as different languages have different features and in some cases the Hyperpolyglot data doesn’t use exactly the same terms across tables (“version used” vs “versions used”) and I’m not a spreadsheet ninja, but it’s good enough to generate PDFs like this JavaScript Python Java C++ Comparision. As a Hyperpolyglot derivative work, The Super Hyperpolyglot Spreadsheet is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 License, please let me know if you improve it.


Introspecting Python Decorators

Thu 25 August 2011 by Jim Purbrick

Over the last couple of years I’ve found myself using python decorators to annotate handlers for web requests more and more, both when using Django and with micro-frameworks like mnml and newf.

Where the same functionality is required for all handlers, or the required functionality can be determined from ...

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The Why and How of Automated Testing with Python and Django

Thu 04 November 2010 by Jim Purbrick

Jamie has just uploaded the movie of my talk “The Why and How of Automated Testing with Python and Django” which I gave at BrightonPy a week ago (and this time it really is a movie, clocking in at a feature length 1 hr and 35 minutes). The audio on ...

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Spawning Django Blogs

Mon 18 October 2010 by Jim Purbrick

Since leaving Linden Lab I have been talking to a number of people about doing freelance consulting and development work while I get my start-up off the ground and last week got round to setting up a UK limited company so that people will actually be able to pay me ...

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4 Robot Attacks!

Sat 21 November 2009 by Jim Purbrick

Incredibly, 100 robots have 4 gigs lined up in the next 3 weeks: tomorrow we’re playing at an electro/rock night at The Freebutt with Bang Bang Eche, Son of Robot and labasheeda, then next Thursday we’re playing at a more hip hop themed night at The Hope ...

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