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A mildly humorous title, spawned by a link my friend Jon sent me about calculating Pi using a batch file. Technically interesting, if less than useful. Made me curious what had been done with Pi in SQL, so went looking:

Interesting, but not incredibly useful. The problem solver portion of me can appreciate tackling something like this for the fun of it, but the more pragmatic portion of me says I should spend time on more useful things.

Which isn't to say that I've never spent time on stupid code. At various points I've had code to "net send" a sentence to another machine one word at a time (annoying to be on the other end), an exe that just emailed a mailing list to tell them that the coffee was ready, and perhaps most strange, code to convert an integer to a 12 character base 36 representation (we had an application that used them for primary keys).


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Posted by Steve Jones on 11 February 2009

One of my early CS assignments in college was to perform a large calculation using LISP and manipulate the numbers as strings. I did Pi, not sure how far out but pretty far.

This was one of those short programs that I'd also stick on the demo TRS-80s and Commodores sitting in stores when I was a kid, letting them fill the screen until they crashed on the precision.

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