This gets geeky fast – bail out now to save your sanity.
I’ve been tired recently. Lots of work and work-related stuff, a couple car problems keeping us hopping, the silly thought that I’m as capable of handling short nights as I used to be thirty years ago. I try to do a blog entry daily, and one in this series weekly. It’s hard sometimes, coming up with a useful free tool every week.
I haven’t found any/many recently, because I don’t have time to browse the intertubes very often. While looking tonight, I found that there was some neat stuff out there, some of it new to me, some of it older and just forgotten.
This is a new one to me, but I get it, and it’s great. IDEone (spell out the caps, and then put a 1 there) is an on-line compiler. It will take your source code, compile it, and run it.
And it does it in forty different languages. That’s mind-jarringly awesome. It does C, and C++, and C#. It does two different flavors of AWK, and two Pascals. Pascali?
It doesn’t just stick with the old favorites. It supports Google’s Go. And on a less serious note, it supports less serious languages. Specifically, Intercal and Whitespace.
The thing is, this web site works! I wanted to do a typical “Hello, world” program. I wrote up a one-liner, and then had to hunt to find a language it was valid in. And now I’m a Perl programmer.
If you’re a watcher instead of a doer, the site lets you see recent submissions, and the success/fail result.
So this can be useful. Probably not going to change the world. Still a pretty cool tool.