The unfolding

In great literature, especially long running ones, the story and characters often acquire a life of their own.

This is evident when one looks at the early episodes when the characters and stories are being given identities.

As one moves towards the middle and the end, a sort of automatic motion can be detected in the series.

Stand

In the war of conquest against the Gauls, the Romans under the leadership of Julius Caesar went all out in their efforts.

The origins of this conflict lay around 350 years prior to this final war in the Battle of the Allia, when the Gauls sacked Rome.

During the war with Rome, the Gauls put up incredible resistance until the end. The last stand took place at Alesia.

Constructs

Every programming language has its own set of constructs for any given feature.

Each feature of a language is implemented based on the available resources and the underlying assumptions of the language.

If one wants to have a table of elements with a key, one finds this feature supported in various ways in most modern languages. In a language like C, however, one ends up making one’s own implementation.

What is unsaid

Often, in literature, one comes across scenes and settings in which the story and dialogues are suggestive, than straightforward.

Such parts form some of the most powerful components of any writing, be it a novel or play or poetry.

Perhaps the attractive quality of such writing is what is left to the reader’s imagination.

If it so happens that most readers have similar ways of filling in the void left by what is left unsaid, it speaks to the wondrous achievement of the writer.

Runtime

The behavior and information of a program is usually seen and controlled at either the time of compiling or at runtime.

For compiled languages, attributes and types cannot be manipulated dynamically to the them extent it can be for a language like Python.

The danger of uninhibited runtime manipulation is it may lead to indeterminate behavior.

Of coding

Coding is said to be a great exercise of the brain:
Occasionally, it even involves the brawn;
More often than not, we try with the results to make it rain;
Great is the feeling when the job gets done when gets called the main()!

Details

In the classic Sanskrit play, Shakuntala, poet Kalidasa achieved one of the peaks of human achievement.

The play is structured from beginning to end in symmetry. As a whole, it is harmonious.

One observes such minute details such as how the stem of a flower appears when plucked. This serves as a plot device to help the lovelorn King Dushyanta to locate Shakuntala, the object of his desire.

Impressions

Among the factors that impact a person right from birth include genes, environment and a third unseen factor that accounts for the missing pieces in the other two.

This third factor is assigned the name of karma which is said to carry over previous births.

A person’s life however can always be influenced by the actions taken out of their own free will. These actions cause samskara (impressions) on the mind.

The practical approach of Indian philosophy emphasizes the necessity of samskara by performing the right dharmic actions to overcome the limitations of past karma.

Understanding

However small or insignificant it may be, following the process of science has given humans the gift of understanding.

The time spent on this has been enormous.

It can be said that, broadly, the topics of curiosity have been ourselves and nature.

Types

A programming language usually defines numerous base types for it’s variables. Examples include strings and integers.

In most languages, there is a need for an all-encompassing type of variable that, in theory, can store any value.

This type is variously defined as the union type, the void pointer or the empty interface in different languages. In a duck typed language such as Python, all variables can take on any type based on runtime usage.