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Please compile, please compile,
It would surely make me smile,
When I glance at the clock,
And thirty minutes has gone by non-stop,
I think that I've won, that I've beaten the odds,
But alas it is not the day, says the evil programming gods,
As this is all a ruse, just one big long deception,
Since my terminal froze ten minutes ago, from an UndefinedException


This is lame but try it on Language CLI.

If you happy and you know it.
SyntaxError: invalid syntax

If you happy and you know it.
SyntaxError: invalid syntax

If you happy and you know it, Then your face will surely show it, If you happy and you know it.
SyntaxError: invalid syntax


Code, oh code,
is this string a float?
Let me write a method to check,
with numerous errors the compiler reports back!
What the heck did I wrong?
Give me a hint, at least a little one!
After searching half the day,
I got it fixed - hurray!
Brought up during my daily retrospective,
in the future, I have to be more perceptive!

  • Robin

Originally posted on my blog:

I started out coding, some five years ago, the language was MATLAB, though I wish it was Go.

I was really tired, of tough physics lore, I went to switch majors, to code even more.

I first was astounded, how simple it was, when I first coded Python, I felt like a boss!

At first it was for-loops, and functions and such, And then there was Django, it assisted me much.

While Python has helped me, to get good with code, lately I’ve tended to do more with node(.js)

val fable =
  ("Nouns *AND* verbs, what a thought!" ::
   "I'd heard they'd fought" ::
   "War!" ::
   "Internet said, 'WOT?  NOT!'" ::
   "Verbs are still an afterthought?" ::
   "Noire..." ::
   "A val, he kills" ::


Midway upon the journey of our debugging
I found myself within an exception,
For the straightforward console.log had not been working.
Ah me! how hard a thing it is to say
What was this session, long, exhausting, and unproductive,
Which in the very thought renews the headache.

So bitter is it, kernel panic is little more;
But of the good to treat, which there I found,
Speak will I of the bugfix I wrote there.

I cannot well repeat how there I entered,
So full was I of linting errors at the moment
In which I had abandoned the right way.

But after I had reached a stack’s trace,
At that point where the stderr terminated,
Which had with consternation pierced my shell,

Upward I scrolled, and I beheld its cursor,
Vested already with that red flags,
Which leadeth others right by every log.

PS: This is Dante’s Inferno


As listed on, written in 2015

Bits. And pieces.

By Derk-Jan Karrenbeld, published on 9 April 2015

Bits. Bits and pieces. Bits and Bytes. I see the spinner whilst it compiles. Waiting. Chunks of code. Bits and pieces. My mind reduced to machinery; logic; harsh, rude and singular truth.

I type. I save. I press the button. I watch the spinner.

Code lights up as exceptions are thrown. Thrown exceptions, breaking the code in bits and pieces. Like a CPU, my mind goes into overdrive, heating up ever so slightly. Where did I go wrong, what did I do wrong. I think, I linger.

I type. I save. I press the button. I watch the spinner.

“It works for me”, “Not enough information”, “By Design”. Writing on the interwebs can only answer my lingering questions so much. Piece by piece I will find the solution and write the code, from mind to machinery.

I type. I save. I want to press the button

My mind wanders and I am lost.


while (TRUE) {
if (happiness / 1 > π)
return free;


I didn't write this but I have to share it. Jo Pearce owned it An angular poem


Code oh code
You should work
But you don't
You're a real mess
Oh, maybe that's the point?


I scaffolded it
I coded it
I refactored it
I tested it
I deployed it
I need a beer


Summertime code - a haiku.

Tranquil summertime
A snaking, squiggly code builds
despite the linter


git co -b feature-branch
git commit -m "some code"
git rebase master
error: could not apply 230d653...


answer == false
Error! Instruction is bad
def Try_Harder end

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