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Aardvark and Bandicoot, Chapter 19

Thursday 19 May 2016, 12:25

In which a Parable is Related and Betting Strategies are Considered

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Aardvark: Friend Bandicoot, I heard an interesting story recently. Perhaps you might find it edifying.

Bandicoot: Oh, goody! I do like stories, Friend Aardvark.

Aardvark and Bandicoot, Chapter 18

Wednesday 18 May 2016, 12:25

In which there is an Inquiry into What Counts, and into the Aardvark's Commitment to the Cause

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Bandicoot: Friend Aardvark, I've got the module passing the test suite now!

Aardvark: Really?

B: Yes.

A: And it's really the module passing the test suite, not one of your school chums hiding inside the computer?

B: Uh-huh. Well, almost.

Aardvark and Bandicoot, Chapter 17

Tuesday 17 May 2016, 12:25

Some Clinical Consequences of Introjection

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Bandicoot: Friend Aardvark, I've given a lot of thought to our conversation the other day about the ontology of software engineering.

Aardvark: I had hoped you would.

B: It took me a while to see it, but I think your point about no one single test case being necessary is in fact correct.

Aardvark and Bandicoot, Chapter 16

Monday 16 May 2016, 12:25

Studies in Ontology, with a Hint of Romance

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Aardvark: Friend Bandicoot, do you know what a formal ontology is?

Bandicoot: Yes, Friend Aardvark. I learned about them in library school.

Aardvark and Bandicoot, Chapter 15

Sunday 15 May 2016, 12:25

Introducing the Mechanical Australian

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Bandicoot: Friend Aardvark, I've implemented the double-double feature you wanted in the parser.

Aardvark: Again, Friend Bandicoot?

B: Well, you keep telling me to re-do it.

Aardvark and Bandicoot, Chapter 14

Saturday 14 May 2016, 12:25

In which a Feature is Implemented, but At What Cost?

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Bandicoot: Friend Aardvark, Friend Aardvark! I've added that extra double-double feature you wanted in the parser!

Aardvark: Really?

B: Yes!

A: Really really?

B: Of course!

A: Not just "almost," Friend Bandicoot?

Aardvark and Bandicoot, Chapter 13

Friday 13 May 2016, 12:25

In which we Accept our Limitations with Humility

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Bandicoot: Friend Aardvark, Friend Aardvark! I've added that extra double-double feature you wanted in the parser!

Aardvark: Really?

B: Yes!

A: Really really, Friend Bandicoot?

B: Of course! Well. Almost.

A: I see.

Aardvark and Bandicoot, Chapter 12

Thursday 12 May 2016, 12:25

In which a Blow is Struck for Feminist Scholarship

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Bandicoot: Friend Aardvark, I implemented the double-double feature you wanted.

Aardvark: That's excellent, Friend Bandicoot.

B: Yes.

A: So, the test suite passes now, right?

B: Well... actually, I did something even better.

A: Oh.

Aardvark and Bandicoot, Chapter 11

Wednesday 11 May 2016, 12:25

In which Priorities have been Implemented

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Bandicoot: Friend Aardvark, Friend Aardvark!

Aardvark: Good morning, Friend Bandicoot.

B: I implemented the optional extra double-double feature!

A: You mean, the module can finally add two plus two?

B: That's what I said.

Aardvark and Bandicoot, Chapter 10

Tuesday 10 May 2016, 12:25

In which Priorities are Set

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Bandicoot: Good morning, Friend Aardvark!

Aardvark: Good morning, Friend Bandicoot.

B: I'm wearing my programming trousers again today.

A: I can see that you are.

B: Well?

Aardvark and Bandicoot, Chapter 9

Monday 9 May 2016, 12:25

In which a Debt is Paid

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Post-It note on the Aardvark's office door: Home sick today. Migrane.

Aardvark and Bandicoot, Chapter 8

Sunday 8 May 2016, 12:25

In which a Post-Mortem Offers Valuable Insight

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Aardvark: Good afternoon, Friend Bandicoot. I'm sorry to be late for this meeting.

Bandicoot: That's quite all right, Friend Aardvark. Is your head feeling better?

A: No. But we need to get this module out the door anyway, so I'll go be sick some other day. I spent most of this morning going through the test suite trying to figure out what's wrong with your code, and I think I've at least got some idea -

B: But there's nothing wrong with the code. You saw me demo it yesterday.

Aardvark and Bandicoot, Chapter 7

Saturday 7 May 2016, 12:25

In which a Demonstration Begins Well, and Concludes

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Aardvark: Good morning, Friend Bandicoot. I trust you slept well?

Bandicoot: Very well, thank you, Friend Aardvark. It was most restful knowing I'd completed the project and wouldn't have to do any more work on it. Do you have new glasses today?

A: Yes, these are my demonstration spectacles.

B: Very appropriate to the occasion!

Aardvark and Bandicoot, Chapter 6

Friday 6 May 2016, 12:25

In which Concern is Expressed for One's Health

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Aardvark: Good morning, Friend Bandicoot.

Bandicoot: Good morning, Friend Aardvark!

A: I'm surprised to see you here so early. Usually, you don't come in until just before lunch.

B: I was here all night!

Aardvark and Bandicoot, Chapter 5

Thursday 5 May 2016, 12:25

In which there is No More Progress, and a Management Decision is Made

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Aardvark: Are you almost finished with that module for evaluating expressions?

Bandicoot: Yes! I have your module for parsing strings 80% complete!

A: Friend Bandicoot...

Aardvark and Bandicoot, Chapter 4

Wednesday 4 May 2016, 12:25

In which there Has been a Little More Progress, but Just a Little

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Aardvark: Friend Bandicoot, where do you stand with the expression evaluation module?

Bandicoot: I'm about 80% finished with the expression parser, Friend Aardvark. It's fun! I do like parsing.

Aardvark and Bandicoot, Chapter 3

Tuesday 3 May 2016, 12:25

In which Progress is Reported

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Aardvark: Friend Bandicoot, how is that expression evaluator coming along?

Bandicoot: Oh, you mean the parser? It's about 75% complete, Friend Aardvark.

Aardvark and Bandicoot, Chapter 2

Monday 2 May 2016, 12:25

In which Some Points are Clarified, but One is Left Unanswered

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Bandicoot: Friend Aardvark, Friend Aardvark!

Aardvark: Oh, good morning, Friend Bandicoot. I see you're wearing your programming pants again today.

B: Trousers.

A: What?

Aardvark and Bandicoot, Chapter 1

Sunday 1 May 2016, 12:25

"Ah, why, ye Gods! should two and two make four?"
- Alexander Pope, "The Dunciad"

In which a Project is Initiated

Bandicoot: Good afternoon, Friend Aardvark. I trust you're well?

Aardvark: Yes, thank you, Friend Bandicoot. Are you ready to do some software engineering?