Author Archives: Bill Wadge

About Bill Wadge

I am a retired Professor in Computer Science at UVic.

Popcode, a FORTH-like language with looping

As part of the popshop project I designed and implemented a concatenative language I called Popcode. It has lists (of commands), which among other things makes loops possible. The first concatenative language was Forth and nowadays the best known is … Continue reading

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The Sin of Sloth – an external module system for C

A while back John Plaice and I invented an external module system for C . It worked pretty well for us but never caught on. Maybe it will be of some use to some of you. Sloth was part of … Continue reading

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Software Development: the Secret of Success

Recently I revealed the secret of academic success. This was so popular (16000 views!) that I decided I would follow up with the secret of software success – success in producing software. Not that I’ve always been that successful – … Continue reading

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The Intensional Spreadsheet

A while back Weichang Du and I designed a spreadsheet based on intensional logic, the  logic of values that vary over a coordinate space. Spreadsheets are a natural fit for ‘intensifying’ because a sheet is already a two-dimensional intension, varying … Continue reading

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Punched Cards? Sheer Bloody Luxury

by Bill Wadge And you try and tell the young people of today that … they won’t believe you! – Monty Python, the Four Yorkshiremen Yes, punched cards – that’s how I  learned to program.

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In This Talk …

by Bill Wadge Academics love to talk, talk, talk … and to give “talks”. I was no exception. Sometimes they went well, sometimes not so well … and sometimes they went weird. Here are some outstanding ones in various categories.

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Markup Macro Processor

by Bill Wadge The Markup Macro Processor (MMP) is a text based macro system that uses a markup-like syntax, similar to (but much simpler than) XML.

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Branching Time Iteration

By Bill Wadge In the original Lucid language, the index domain (the set of natural numbers) was thought of as a set of time points-Lucid was designed as a temporal functional programming language. Of course by choosing the set of … Continue reading

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I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, and dog-gone it, people like me. Writing grant applications

For two years I was on the Canadian NSERC committee that reviewed individual grant applications. Fascinating. After reading dozens of applications you can begin to see patterns emerging. I’m going to review some of these  patterns, all but one of … Continue reading

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The Secret of Academic Success – or fun filled failure if you prefer

In my research career I’ve discovered many things, including the secret of academic success (too late to help my own career). I’m  going to share the secret  with  you.

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