Author Archives: Brent

About Brent

Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Hendrix College. Functional programmer, mathematician, teacher, pianist, follower of Jesus.

Advent of code #16 solution: an algebra of bitstrings

I had fun this past December solving Advent of Code problems in Haskell. I was particularly proud of my solution to one particular problem involving generating and processing large bitstrings, which I’d like to share here. I think it really … Continue reading

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My new programming languages course

tl;dr: my new PL course is now finished, and all the course materials are freely available. Working through all the exercises should be a great option for anyone wishing to learn some basics of programming language design and implementation. Last … Continue reading

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MonadRandom 0.5 released

I’m happy to announce the release of MonadRandom-0.5, a package which provides a convenient monadic interface for random number generation in the style of transformers and mtl: a Rand monad (essentially a state monad that threads through a generator), a … Continue reading

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MonadRandom 0.5 and mwc-random: feedback wanted

Since 2013 or so I have been the maintainer of the MonadRandom package, which provides an mtl-style type class for monads with support for generation of pseudorandom values, along with a concrete random monad transformer RandT. As of this writing … Continue reading

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The divided difference track

My wife and son made a train track corresponding to the regular expression of divided differences, :

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Adventures in enumerating balanced brackets

Since I’ve been coaching my school’s ACM ICPC programming team, I’ve been spending a bit of time solving programming contest problems, partly to stay sharp and be able to coach them better, but also just for fun. I recently solved … Continue reading

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ICFP roundup

ICFP 2016 in Nara, Japan was a blast. Here are a few of my recollections. The Place Although I was a coathor on an ICFP paper in 2011, when it was in Tokyo, I did not go since my son … Continue reading

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