25 Aug 2002 fxn   » (Master)

Reading

This week I have read Free as in Freedom, I bought the printed version, and have started Literate Programming, which jao lent me (those are friends! :-). By the way, a printed manual of his GNU MIX Development Kit has been recently published by GNU Press.

I need to be somewhat acquainted with agent-based simulation because of a project I am involved in at work. I have found Why Agents? On the Varied Motivations for Agent Computing in the Social Sciences to be a very good introduction to the usefulness of this methodology in the social sciences scenario. It is not quite clear to me how one can capture social behaviour and model it in a way that relevant conclusions can arise, but people seem to be doing it.

Literate Programming

I heard about Literate Programming before, when I studied LaTeX in my graduate days, but the book I mentioned above is arousing a latent interest. I have always felt I am naturally inclined to this paradigm.

Curiously enough, in my daily visit to Freshmeat I've come across the announcement of a new version of Ben Pfaff's GNU libavl, which is implemented in a custom literate programming system called TexiWEB. There is a HTML version of the documentation, I think it's an impressive work.

Music

Music of the day: Steely Dan. They are damn elegant.

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