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And So Ends the Flight of the Honey Bee

Actually, I suppose the flight has really just begun. It's true that GSoC is nearly at its end but, ironically enough, it doesn't really feel like the end but more of a new beginning. A new debug data format is in the works and it has so much potential!

SOD: Symbolic Opcode Description

Well, GSoC is starting to wind down. I can't believe it's almost over. It feels like the "pencils down" date just jumped up out of nowhere. I had a lot more planned for HBDB but there are many flaws in Parrot's design that make even some of the most basic debugging tasks very difficult which I'll explain in a moment.

IMCC Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...

It is a period of binary war. Rebel hackers, striking from a hidden base in New Jersey have won their first victory against the evil IMCC Empire.

HBDB Closed for Construction, Please Use Detour

This past week was admittedly dull. I've reached a bit a road block and this time it's blocking the way forwards, backwards, left, and right.

Good News, Everyone!

Today you'll be making a delivery to...

Okay seriously, besides Futurama being the greatest show ever, I actually do have good news. Last week was a very successful week. I was able to implement several commands within just a few days. They're still a bit "rough around the edges" but they work none the less.

Load Source and Testing and Build Errors...Oh My!

Nothing too spectacular went on this past week. It mostly consisted of typical technical work. If I had to pick one thing that was significant, it would be that I was able to eliminate all build warnings/errors in gcc and g++. Eliminating those warnings was incredibly irritating and honestly, I don't really know how I fixed it. Actually, I shouldn't say that. I do know how I fixed it but what I don't understand is why the first method didn't work in the first place but this one does. Oh works.

Battery Low, No Time for Title

I must be brief again as 1) I am using my laptop which has a terrible battery and 2) I am writing from the car and this is making me carsick. :-C~

This past week was a little bitter sweet. Bitter because I did not have much time for GSoC work but sweet because I was at YAPC::NA with some of the other Parrot developers. As much as I would like to talk about YAPC (which was awesome sauce), I must limit myself to GSoC-only topics.

It's a Miracle!

This week in HBDB-land was very significant. I was finally able to achieve command recognition. I had abandoned work on it for about a week because it was such a nuisance. Instead, I focused on testing which was a pain as well but it got done. Reluctantly, I returned my focus to the command parsing logic and within 5 minutes, I had solved my problem with a single ampersand. This makes me so happy.

It's So Close, I Can Almost Smell It

Ok, not literally. Though I wonder what code would actually smell like. Burning brain cells, maybe?

Alright, here's the scoop. I'm going to keep things brief as I eagerly want to get back to my adorable little segfaults. :)

Progress at Last!

This week in HBDB world was very productive. I was able to identify the root of all the difficulties and complications that I've been experiencing: poor design.

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