Should I Switch To WordPress?

I’ve got six years of DasBlog entries in my /content directory. I don’t have time to maintain my blogging infrastructure (it’s hard enough to justify the time I spend just writing the darn thing). For whatever reason, DasBlog and my hosting company just don’t seem to get along … problems with the comments, problems with memory consumption, I dunno…

My only caveats are: I want it to be locally hosted, I want to customize the templates, and I don’t want any limitations against uploading other types of pages via FTP (i.e., static HTML pages or ASP.NET programs or whatever).

If you have an opinion on the pain or ease of switching from DasBlog to WordPress, please leave a comment or send email.

ToyScript and the DLR : 3 Different Compilers

While I talked about being blown away by certain talks at Lang.NET, from a pragmatic standpoint I very much enjoyed the practical talks, such as those given by Harry Pierson and, especially, Martin Maly. Martin is one of the IronPython / DLR developers and hand-wrote a compiler for a language called “ToyScript.” This compiler is now part of the IronPython distribution. Harry wrote an F# PEG parser (is that redundant?) of ToyScript and I wrote an ANTLR-based parser. The hope is to show 3 different approaches to building the compiler front-end, but all using the same backend (“Hand off the AST to the DLR”).

Now, on the way to that, I started yesterday writing a series of examples that do things exactly backward: start with the handoff to the DLR (“GenerateNopFunction()“), add nodes (Using XML to represent the AST), and then say “Oh, and you create that AST using compiler front-end techniques.” The sad thing is that all of this will have to be in my copious spare time, since my language stuff isn’t supported by paying articles (I did the Lang.NET conference on my own dime).