When I was still researching this fabled obscure language called Lisp one thing people kept saying about it is that “Lisp is a programmable programming language”, but I could never figure out what they meant by that. It sounds like a smug buzzword or like a gimmick from an academic toy language. Lisp programmers have gotten so used to metaprogramming in Lisp that they seem to forget that it is either an entirely alien concept to people, or something people have been burned by too often (like every C programmer).
When I first learned about rotation matrices they appeared quite “magic”; if you squinted your eyes a bit it sort of made sense, and if you did the math you could prove that the matrix does indeed perform the rotation and that all the group properties are met, but none of that explains where that form comes from, why it works. In this blog post I will explore a way to derive the formula for rotation matrices step by step. If you wish to follow along you need only basic knowledge of linear algebra and trigonometry.
Vim has good support for Scheme, but the problem with Scheme is that every implementation adds its own features to the language. My guile.vim plugin aims to improve support for GNU Guile by augmenting these settings. It can attempt to detect when a Scheme file is Guile-specific and it adds syntax highlighting for Guile-specific forms.
I use GitLab to host my various projects, but it is always a good idea to be able to have an automatic mirror set up. It adds redundancy in case something goes wrong with GitLab, and having a mirror on a popular site like GitHub allows people to file issues without signing up for a less popular service. I am writing this down for myself so I don't have to figure out how to set up a mirror every time anew. This was written for GitLab version 12.0.0.
In order to make writing Awk scripts easier I have written a new Neovim plugin: Awk-ward.nvim (GitHub mirror). This plugins allows you to edit an Awk script or its input, and see the output live as you are making changes.
When I wrote guile-messagepack I needed an object to represent the
nilvalue, which embodies the concept of "nothingness" or "no value" in MessagePack. None of the existing objects like
'()were adequate, so I decided to make a new one:
nothing. It does not make sense for there to be multiple instance of
nothing, so it had to be a singleton. In this blog post I will describe a way of creating such a singleton.
NCM2 is a plugin for Neovim and Vim which provides users with a unified completion menu. By default it displays nothing, users need to add sources for completion. These plugins instruct NCM2 on how to get completion candidates for a particular use-case, such as words in the current buffer, or function names in a programming language. The NCM2 documentation explains how to write the individual pieces of a source, and in this blog post I am going to dive into how to connect those pieces into a working source.
I have written a Common Lisp completion source for NCM2, built upon Vlime. It provides asynchronous Common Lisp completion and should work in both Vim and Neovim, depending on how well NCM2 and Vlime themselves work.
In the previous article we have seen how to pack an object, this time we will see how to unpack it again on the receiving end.
In this part of the series I want to go into how to pack data to bytes in MessagePack. We will see how to dynamically dispatch on type and how to pack a selection of particular types.