After seven years, I’m leaving Apple. Today (November 1) is my last day in office.
Those seven years have been good for me. I started off on the Clang Static Analyzer, and eventually moved onto the secret project that became Swift. As someone interested in programming languages and compilers, Swift was…I don’t want to say the chance of a lifetime, but maybe the chance of a decade, at least. I got to shape and contribute to a language used by people all over the world during its early years, and it’s been a heck of an experience. To everyone in the Swift community, thank you and also I’m sorry for the bugs.
I’ve had a connection with text adventures for a long time, coming back to the format year after year. For the most part I’m not a player of text adventures, but instead an enthusiast for implementations thereof. I’ve talked before about using this as a way to learn a new language and to learn about parsers, but I also just like making them, an effort that has shaded off from actual plausible implementations into mildly unusual attempts at the format. The latest of these is to just host the world in the filesystem.
Imagine you have a search feature, and you find that basically no one is using it. That is, the number of loads you get on the dedicated search page is tiny. You make a tweak to your UI, and suddenly way more people are going to the search page! Sounds like a win, right?