My last post showcased what I thought was a complete GW-BASIC expression parsing solution. Hence, I pushed forward with a new project to implement statement parsing. This went fine for a bit, but I quickly encountered overly complicated situations. Without…

## BASIC solutions: expressions

Previously, I showed the beginnings of a GW-BASIC expression parser. As of now, the parser is essentially feature complete! I fixed the unary minus bug and went on to implement all the remaining features — mainly relational, logical, and functional…

## BASIC complications: expressions

My GW-BASIC saga continues. I’m on the third rewrite now of this “simple” translation app. I keep encountering problems that ultimately challenge core design decisions I made early on. Given the time scale and the fact that this is a…

## More four fours

Astute readers may have noticed in my previous post about the four fours that I neglected to include exponents in the set of supported mathematical operations. Well, that is fixed now. Perhaps these imagined readers also noticed that my recursive…

## Four fours

Back in elementary school, I became aware of the four fours puzzle. It is a seemingly simple mathematical exercise where you must generate all the integers from 1 to 100 using arithmetic expressions and the digit 4 exactly four times.…

## Back to (GW-)basics

My foray into programming began with GW-BASIC on a Tandy 1000, an 8-bit IBM PC clone. In those days, one had only a few avenues of learning for coding knowledge: physical books and more experienced friends (who had probably read…

## Async holes: StringContent

In a previous post, I introduced the concept of “async holes” — those unexpected gaps and obstacles when using asynchronous APIs in .NET. This time I will tell the tale of the async hole in StringContent. System.Net.Http.StringContent is the derived…

## Async holes: ZipArchive

From time to time, I encounter unexpected gaps in asynchronous object models in .NET. I’ve taken to calling these “async holes” since they usually present an unpleasant obstacle in the clear path I try to follow while executing the TDD…

## Bring me the simulator, on the double!

The (oft-misunderstood) dependency inversion principle states that abstractions should not depend on details, and instead details should depend on abstractions. As an example, let us first consider a violation of this guideline: The so-called “abstraction” around configuration ConfigFile is very…

## Just for the test of it

Ian Cooper implores you to test behaviors, not implementation details. His video “TDD, where did it all go wrong” expands on these points a bit. The summary is that a bunch of really thorough tests with explicit inner knowledge will…