The short-form week of 17–23 Nov 2014

24 Nov 2014; last modified 17 Dec 2014

The week in review, 140 characters at a time.

This document was created automatically from my archive of my Twitter stream. Due to limitations in the Twitter API and occasional glitches in my archiving system, it may not be 100% complete.

In a conversation that started on Sunday at 11:37pm

@JohnTheBastard @gruber @hopsinglaundry Also a shame they no longer sell dry white. Only "extra dry" now in the US. #sadpanda —@ndw
@ndw @JohnTheBastard @hopsinglaundry But that said, it’s not available in Pennsylvania and I’ve never seen it in New Jersey, either.—@gruber
@gruber @ndw I thought both the French and American variety were supposed to be available now, but I haven't specifically looked for them.—@JohnTheBastard
@JohnTheBastard @gruber I haven't seen dry recently. I console myself with the fact that I'm getting 2 bottles of Ambré in December.—@ndw
@ndw @gruber @hopsinglaundry I always preferred the extra dry in martinis (still have half a case of pre-2009 bottles), and Dolin otherwise.—@JohnTheBastard
@ndw @JohnTheBastard @hopsinglaundry Noilly “Extra Dry” is supposedly the same stuff they used to call “Dry French”: —@gruber
@gruber @JohnTheBastard @hopsinglaundry Perhaps. I still prefer the stuff they used to sell as simply "Dry".—@ndw

In a conversation that started on Tuesday at 01:47am

Enquiring minds want to know: what is the state of the art wrt monads in XQuery? @jpcs @ndw @xquery #fp —@mdubinko
@mdubinko @ndw @xquery Using monads is a style of programming, like OO. You can write in monadic style in XQuery. But there is no IO monad.—@jpcs
@mdubinko @jpcs @ndw 10 yrs ago I read this and this illustrated monadic io (I get 404 now)—@xquery
@mdubinko @ndw @xquery More importantly, IMO better ways exist to do procedural in functional than confusing monads.—@jpcs
@jpcs @ndw @xquery over in Scala land, I am finding flatMap-able composition a really useful tool. It's monads minus confusion.—@mdubinko
@mdubinko @jpcs @ndw btw we will all be around in Jan ... will give you a shout be great to catch up—@xquery

In a conversation that started on Thursday at 09:38am

@ndw Can you give us a rough estimate when Saxon 9.6 will be supported in @xmlcalabash? We’d like to use the EXPath binary module. Thanks!—@gimsieke
@gimsieke @xmlcalabash Not really. There's a bug in tree construction and it's been a struggle to make a useful test case. #asap —@ndw
@ndw @xmlcalabash Ok, we’ll write a Java extension function for the time being. An add’l advantage to that is that it works with Saxon HE.—@gimsieke