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Diving into OOC, a fun new programming language

OOC is cool.  Yesterday I started writing some code in it after reading about it on the github blog.  Here is the first result:

[gist id=”232942″]

I’m extremely happy with how well this performs.  Using the latest ooc Java compiler from the github trunk to handle the each() functions, this compiles down to a bunch of C code, and then is automagically compiled behind the scenes into an ELF Binary!  This is totally awesome, and I have to commend nddrylliog and the other contributors for their work on this awesome project.  Now I should use it for something useful :D

A quick note about getting it running on Ubuntu:

sudo apt-get install sun-java6-jdk
git clone git://github.com/nddrylliog/ooc.git
cd ooc
JAVA_HOME=/usr/lib/jvm/java-6-sun/ make

At least, that’s how I did it. Then I compile all my ooc with a Makefile like this:

INPUTS=$(wildcard *.ooc)
TARGETS=$(patsubst %.ooc, %, $(INPUTS))

all: $(TARGETS)

%: %.ooc
  java -jar ~/repos/ooc/bin/ooc.jar $@

That will compile all ooc files in the directory.

Ruby to generate RSS feeds for sites that don’t offer them

There’s this site that has an equipment exchange I wanted to keep track of. Yet, it’s done with what seems to be a custom php file rather than vbulletin, so none of the usual RSS feeds from the site apply to it. So, I decided to make a scraper/feed-generator to get me the latest version every 5 minutes and generate a nice RSS feed, so I can view it in Google Reader. The volume of posting is low enough that this won’t be annoying to see in my daily feeds.

I usually use Ruby for this because it offers Hpricot, a very nice and fast scraper and XPath interface. This time, I resolved to find something that does RSS generation better, and I stumbled upon RubyRSS, which happens to be in the core ruby distribution!
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