January 05, 2005
Who am I working with?

Arrrrgh!

El Presidente's been looking into MySQL, and we were chatting about searching and sorting techniques. In MySQL, I gather, you can specify one of a number of data structures and algorithms to be used for a given index. One of those available is a 'btree', which I assumed to be binary tree.

I dug out Knuth's The Art of Computer Programming, Volume 3, Sorting and Searching, (As much to scare El P as anything else - it's not like I understand it). El P asked what a Fibonaccian search is.

I haven't got any idea. Hey, I write accounting packages! But like anyone who's gone through primary school, I know what the Fibonacci Numbers are.

"Hey, I know that," piped up Tulna, "That's from The Da Vinci Code!"

Arrrrgh! Arrrrgh! Arrrrgh! What is it about that book that irritates me so much?

Perhaps it's the fact that I wasted a good few hours reading it. "Hey", I thought, "all those hundreds of people that I've seen reading it on the train can't be wrong. It must be good."

Wrong. It's dreadful. It reads like Jeffrey Archer's take on Holy Blood, Holy Grail.

If you want to read a good novel about the Templars, the Illuminati and so on, pick up Umberto Eco's Foucaultís Pendulum instead.

Posted to Rants by Simon Brunning at January 05, 2005 03:50 PM
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