Programmer Bedtime Stories: King Floyd and the Seventeen Princes

“But how does that help me,” asked King Floyd.

Ahn explained that a listener for the birth could be set for each prince’s mirror. When the baby was born and the gender was known, each mirror would receive the news nearly instantaneously and simultaneously. Only the combination of close cooperation between the princes and the magic of a sorcerer would be able to determine who got the news first. King Floyd approved.

She wrote out the spell in a language she had picked up while travelling the islands of the south seas, called JavaScript. Based on documents available from that time, it may have looked something like this…

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