Dear JFKBits readers,
I want your input. Are you interested in JFKBits including highlights of Wikipedia articles on topics related to programming languages, tools, and the mathematics behind it?
What I'm proposing is to add occasional posts highlighting an article, with a quoted excerpt and some discussion.
For several months now I have been consulting Wikipedia articles on related areas and found them very helpful. As in, man I wish this was around when I was going through grad school. For example, my view on closures came exclusively from the Essentials of Programming Languages by Friedman, Wand and Haynes. Now there's a concise explanation available on Wikipedia with examples for different languages and a wealth of useful external links.
To give you another example, right now I'm going back to some of my probability and machine learning course materials and trying some proofs. On the way, I'm running across the Wikipedia articles for
So, I'm finding these articles helpful not only for the subject matter, but also for a view onto what's known, and what differing views and philosophies exist about the topics. Let me know if this is interesting for you, the JFKBits reader by leaving a comment.