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tinman (2063)

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tinman spent a few years mucking around industry before going back to school for a Masters. Currently not enjoying the weather in North England..

He wrote Perl that looked suspiciously like C code in 1998, while working as an intern, and has been trying to cure that bad habit ever since.

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Friday February 20, 2004
01:14 PM

wordnet ..

[ #17526 ]

Interesting times these days.. I'm looking at various ways and means of integrating Wordnet into the search routines I'm writing.

Wordnet allows me to look up senses of a particular word, understand some of it's hypernyms and so on. A dictionary on steroids.

Since my implementation language is required to be Java, I fumbled around a little bit before finding a couple of interface libraries. Only to see that both those libraries expose far too much of the Wordnet internals.. so, a wrapper is indicated. I just want something that returns arraylists of senses, not objects of type IndexWord and so on :)

I also noticed that JetBrains has released IntelliJ 4.0..Now, if I could only get the department to spring for the (relatively) cheap academic licensing, all would be well. The way the US $ is plummetting against the £, I might be able to get it out of petty cash, almost ;) Here's hoping.

Funnily enough, I didn't like Java very much until I actually started writing it in IntelliJ. Maybe it's because I'm primarily a keyboard person ? I don't like going clicky-clicky-clicky with the mouse when I'm typing. Would much rather prefer keyboard shortcuts. And IntelliJ lets me do that. (Well, so does Eclipse, to be honest.. but Eclipse has a way to go before it catches up with IntelliJ)

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