Hello, World

‘Hello World’ is in the news once again. Bill Gates recently joined Twitter and chose this to be his first message to the community. For the uninitiated, this message was popularized by the book “The C Programming Language” where the first program to be taught to the readers by authors Kernighan and Ritchie printed these words on the screen.

Hello World

Above you can see one such program in action, written by the undersigned in Java. This also happens to be the first class packaged under the URL of this blog: Java code authors conventionally package their code under the name of their website, to prevent a clash with a class of the same name written by someone else.

My musing is, why did he choose something from the C language, where as BASIC happens to be his love? I sent him a direct message asking him what ‘gw’ in ‘gwbasic’ stood for – some readers would be aware that there was controversy around this with many believing it stood for “Gates, William” but there being no confirmation. Let there be light.


Unjumble on mobile using Twitter

Now the English word unjumbling service at unjumble.SeeingWithC.org is also available via Twitter. It can be accessed directly from the mobile phone using text sms messages. This is what you need to do:

  1. Sign up on twitter if you do not already have an account.
  2. If you want to use mobile phone, your number should be linked to it.
  3. Send message “follow dwealth” (without quotes) to follow dwealth.
  4. Send message “follow t411” (without quotes) to follow t411 which is the parent bot in use.
  5. That’s it, for the setup (configuration)!

When you want to unjumble a word, send a message d t411 unj word where word is the word to be unjumbled to twitter. For example if you SMS

d t411 unj heepntla

you will get a response message containing the word “elephant”.

Please use this, and post comments. Also let me know what will make this more useful.


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