Wednesday, 5 November 2014

“The Opponent” by Playwright Brett Neveu

Chicago writer Brett Neveu never really put on enclosing gloves and ventures to the ring while he was making what would turn into his acclaimed two-character play, The compitetor, for Chicago's A Red Orchid Theater and now in New York City. Despite the fact that he drew on exploration with battle industry people, he generally dug into his brain and heart.

"Pulling from my creative ability and research on spaces was most of the task," Neveu let me know in the weeks paving the way to the play's Manhattan make a big appearance on July 31. "After that, I depended on the architects to help me a considerable amount when building the universe of the play. They truly kicked ass in that respect."

From Chicago, Neveu (maintain it "nehv-you," like the French for "nephew") addressed a large number of my inquiries concerning his play, his past and his methodology. That Q&a takes after. (Additionally look at the peculiarity that I expounded on Neveu and the play for TDF Stages, the online magazine of the Theater Development Fund.)

The meat of The Opponent — which debuted at the 70-seat A Red Orchid Theater in 2012, and now makes its New York City debut through Sept. 7 at a 54-seat venue inside 59e59 Theaters — is less about the demonstration of boxing and fighting (however there is a lot of that) and all the more about the gristly forms of an understudy guide relationship. It's a punchy investigation of the shared needs, individual and expert, of father and child figures.

Friday, 8 March 2013

Scripting language

A scripting language or script language is a programming language that supports the writing of scripts, programs written for a software environment that automate the execution of tasks which could alternatively be executed one-by-one by a human operator. Environments that can be automated through scripting include software applications, web pages within a web browser, the shells of operating systems, and several general purpose and domain-specific languages such as those for embedded systems. Scripting is usually a property of the primary implementations of a language, although many languages are not very suited to this kind of implementation.

Typically, a scripting language is characterized by the following properties: Ease of use. Scripting languages are intended to be very fast to pick up and author programs in. This generally implies relatively simple syntax and semantics. OS facilities - especially file system and related, built in with easy interfaces. Scripting is usually aimed at desktops, limiting the portability needs of the pre-built libraries. Interpreted from source code - to give the fastest turnaround from script to execution. On a desktop, the performance of even a slow interpreter is often non-problematic. In comparison, non-scripting languages intended for large programs are often precompiled in at least some sense for superior performance.

Relatively loose structure. It would be difficult to use Java as a scripting language due to the rules about which classes exist in which files - contrast to Python, where it's possible to simply define some functions in a file. Scripts can be written and executed "on-the-fly", without explicit compile and link steps; they are typically created or modified by the person executing them. A scripting language is usually interpreted from source code or bytecode. By contrast, the software environment the scripts are written for is typically written in a compiled language and distributed in machine code form; the user may not have access to its source code, let alone be able to modify it.

The spectrum of scripting languages ranges from very small and highly domain-specific languages to general-purpose programming languages. The term script is typically reserved for small programs.

Friday, 11 May 2012


Annonaceae, also called the custard apple family is a family of flowering plants consisting of trees, shrubs or rarely lianas. With about 2300 to 2500 species and more than 130 genera, it is the largest family in Magnoliales. Only five genera, Annona, Rollinia, Uvaria, Melodorum and Asimina produce edible fruits. Its type genus is Annona. The family is concentrated in the tropics, with few species found in temperate regions. About 900 species are Neotropical, 450 are Afrotropical, and the other species Indomalayan.

Compared to the species from the Neotropics, very little is known about many species from Indomalaya. Only a few attempts have been made for the phylogeny-based reclassification of the family, and those have been hampered by the Neotropic bias in the available information, with the most of the work having been done on genera and tribes.

Sunday, 25 September 2011


Early mainframe computers (in the 1950s) were non-interactive, instead using batch processing. IBM's Job Control Language (JCL) is the archetype of language used to control batch processing.
The first interactive shells were developed in the 1960s to enable remote operation of the first time-sharing systems, and these used shell scripts, which controlled running computer programs within a computer program, the shell.

Languages such as Tcl and Lua were specifically designed as general purpose scripting languages that could be embedded in any application. Other languages such as Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) provided strong integration with the automation facilities of an underlying system. Embedding of such general purpose scripting languages instead of developing a new language for each application also had obvious benefits, relieving the application developer of the need to code a language translator from scratch and allowing the user to apply skills learned elsewhere.

Some software incorporates several different scripting languages. Modern web browsers typically provide a language for writing extensions to the browser itself, and several standard embedded languages for controlling the browser, including JavaScript (a dialect of ECMAScript) or XUL.