The Joy of High Level Languages

  • 16 February 2010

When programming you should use a high level programming language. This is important since you do not ever again have to deal with the intricacies of the platform you are working on. Coding becomes paradise. And the Earth is flat, and pigs can fly. I’ve spent over ten days tracking down a problem of Awstats stopping to update the web statistics. The configuration was copied from the old server, as were all the logs, the previous configurations, everything. Yet Awstats did not generate new statistics.

Finally I found an unsuspecting line in the logs. It went: „Warning: Error while retrieving hashfile: Byte order is not compatible at ../../lib/Storable.pm” It’s just a warning, so it’s nothing to be worried about, right? And since we use a high level language surely the change from 32 bit to 64 bit Debian cannot make a difference, right? We code in high level, we do not deal with byte orders and other wordly stuff anymore. We are enlightened. And obviously we are fucked. Thanks to a hint on a blog somewhere the web statistics are working again.

I will continue my text indexer project today. It’s written in C++.

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