My name is Eric MacAdie (muh-KAY-dee). I am a software developer in Austin, Texas, The City That Matters, and this is my blog. I am a longtime Java developer, transitioning to other JVM languages, Groovy and Clojure. I am also looking at Elixir and Go. I am looking for a (Groovy, Clojure, Go or Elixir) position in Chicago, Austin, Texas or Portland, Oregon. Or Edinburgh or Dublin.

You can find my Codeberg page here. You can find my Mastodon feed here. You can find my GitHub page here.

The purpose of this site is to help me improve my development skills and keep an eye on what is going on in the Java, Groovy, Clojure, Elixir and Go worlds.

In addition to languages, I will also talk about other technologies. Functional languages and mobile development are things to look at as well. And if Emacs is not the answer, you are asking the wrong question.

My ideal job: spending all day in Emacs, preferably working on Lisp. No Sharepoint. No MS Office. No MS products at all. No Javascript. (If your first ten reactions to that statement include some form of “But everybody uses Office” or “You must be an Apple person”, do not call me.)

All opinions expressed are my own, and not those of any past, present, future or potential employers or organizations with which I have been, am, or may someday be affiliated with. See this site’s disclaimer. And if I want to call someone a jackass in a post for disagreeing with me, then I will.

I have images on pages on this site. Someone suggested it in one of the few useful comments that I get. The images may or may not have anything to do with the topic of the page/post. Usually they do not, although I do like to use images of the evangelists writing the gospels on posts about Emacs simply because the idea of using images of someone writing seems fitting for posts about a text editor. Religious art is not intended to be an endorsement of religion. Most of the images are ancient or medieval art because 1. It’s in the public domain, and 2. I would like to know more about art, and that was a good place to start. The only downside to medieval art is they aren’t making any more of it.

Lastly, I am not a Haskell bigot.

Here is the correct spelling of my name: MacAdie

To use the NATO phonetic alphabet: capital Mike, small alpha, small charlie, capital Alpha, small delta, small india, small echo.

Here are some incorrect spellings that I have seen:

  • McAdie
  • Mcadie
  • MacCadie
  • Macadie
  • Acadie

Think of Douglas MacArthur. Or Duncan MacLeod (either the character on Highlander, or the soccer player; yes, we call it soccer in America; I am not THAT Scottish).

“Mac” is Gaelic for “son of”, not “child of”. All these people calling their daughters “McKenzie” (or “Mc$ANYTHING”) are unclear on the concept. “Child” is leanbh, “daughter” is iníon.

You’re welcome. And no, I do not want to use your phone app.

Image from “Manuscrits de la Bibliothèque Carnegie de Reims. Quatuor evangelia, cum prologis”, a 9th century manuscript housed at the Bibliothèque nationale de France. Source gallica.bnf.fr at BnF; image assumed allowed under Public Domain.