The Best of Verity Stob: Highlights of Verity Stob's Famous Columns from .EXE, Dr. Dobb's Journal, and The Register
It’s hard to believe now, but there was a time when writing jokes about multi-dispatch inheritance in dynamically typed languages simply wasn’t the glamorous, highly paid profession that it is today. Before Slashdot, before User Friendly and the Joy of Tech, before Futurama, before Old Man Murray, before Dilbert, and before “1001 Surefire Gags about C++ That Will Wow Your Klingon Wedding Guests,” funny for geeks was a criminally underserved market sector. Biro-drawn cartoon strips were the typical fare, all called something like Just Byting Around! or Giga-giggles! These would run for a few months in Practical Computing or PC Handholder or some such ma- zine. After recycling gags revolving around hard drives and floppy disk entendres, these wretched specimens died for lack of inspiration and, I would hope, some vestigial sense of shame. And then there was, thank God, Verity Stob. I remember the first time I read the Stob column. It was 1988, and I was hiding in a fluorescent-lit dungeon in the heart of my university, strumming futilely through the lower-rent academic journals and controlled-circulation tech mags. The first few lines—some throwaway comment about Lisp, I think— had my snorts echoing across the library.
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The Dogs Breakfast
Boys eh? Why does one bother?
Claires Story and Other Tragedies
Down the Pole
Out to Lunch
When I reused the detail about the Basic code in
If you arent familiar with the film Brief Encounter try
Not Fairies Footfalls
My headline celebrates the now obsolete practice of games manufacturers
Anyway the rot set in early
THE RASP OF THE
Thanks Chris I think that came off beautifully
Around and Around
When Sun Microsystems first introduced Java in the mid 1990s
Dont Look Back
The Black Eye of the Little
Douglas Couplands novel Microserfs made me laugh like a drain
8086 and All That
At about this time newly crowned prime minister Tony Blair
This article appeared during the chaddimpling crisis that soured the
Wherever He Goes
The Devils Netiquette
At the Tomb of the IUnknown
Double Plus Good?
By the way the Ten Immutable Laws of Security are
Fragments from a New Finnish Epic
Damnation Without Relief
Cold Comfort Server Farm
One After 409
A better case for the banning of all poetry is
Patenting by Numbers
Confessions of a Spammer
This column was commissioned for a proposed relaunch of Byte
Laras Last Stand?
Too Obscure or Rude
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