Sunday, July 29, 2007

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Monday, July 16, 2007

The Cocaine of Scripting Languages

This REBOL BEGINNERS TUTORIAL isn't really much of a tutorial but, after spending the better part of last Saturday trying to grok REBOL, I can relate to what the author is saying.

REBOL is the cocaine of scripting languages. I love it and I can't stop, yet at the same time I hate what it's done to me and the depths I've gone to to get more of it.

Do I sense a little frustration?

The words: [word, function, value, object] are used so interchangably, so vaguely, so often that they become meaningless. Anything can be anything in REBOL, except when it's not.

I feel it, man. I've used REBOL before to implement several fairly simple tasks. The built-in support for Internet protocols makes some things very easy. This time I was trying to solve a more complex parsing problem (well, complex for me) and I just couldn't get it. I had to throw the monkey off my back and move on to something else.

From reading examples and messages posted online I get the notion people who DO grok REBOL like to show off how much they can do in the fewest lines of code. I think I saw a one-liner that reproduces the entire Internet (but I can't find that one now). I won't be showing off any of my REBOL code anytime soon.

Wednesday, July 04, 2007


TCPDUMP public repository


Wireshark: The World's Most Popular Network Protocol Analyzer

Matasano Chargen

Matasano Chargen - Binary Interactive Netcat Wrapup
Matasano Chargen is a blog about information security.

Hex-dump port-forwarding network proxy server

ASPN : Python Cookbook : Hex-dump port-forwarding network proxy server
A lightweight and portable way to hex-dump network traffic between network applications.


Twisted – Trac
Twisted is an event-driven networking engine written in Python and licensed under the MIT license.

cURL and libcurl

cURL and libcurl
curl is a command line tool for transferring files with URL syntax, supporting FTP, FTPS, HTTP, HTTPS, SCP, SFTP, TFTP, TELNET, DICT, FILE and LDAP. curl supports SSL certificates, HTTP POST, HTTP PUT, FTP uploading, HTTP form based upload, proxies, cookies, user+password authentication (Basic, Digest, NTLM, Negotiate, kerberos...), file transfer resume, proxy tunneling and a busload of other useful tricks. - The WWW Text Browser.