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What is meant by “Now you have two problems”?

There is a popular quote by Jamie Zawinski: Some people, when confronted with a problem, think "I know, I'll use regular expressions." Now they have two problems. How is this quote supposed to ...
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Does a programming language have to be compiled to be considered a programming language? [duplicate]

A person I met recently had an argument. It was that a programming language had to be compiled to be considered a programming language. This would make HTML/CSS (unless you're using SCSS or LESS) not ...
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What does “enterprise” means in relation to software architecture?

I see the term "enterprise" being thrown around software developers and programmers a lot and used loosely it seems. en·ter·prise/ˈentərˌprīz/ Noun: A project or undertaking, typically one ...
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can we do scaling by throwing ruby stone

I heard developers at my office discussing Ruby language can be used for following purposes: Desktop apps,Web Apps,and may be handheld devices. Actually,we are in phase of selecting technology to ...
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What is the “PHP Way”?

I see constant references to the " Way," such as descriptions of a particular framework or application as "Pythonic," a certain person as a "Perl hacker," or "true Ruby code," but where are the "PHP ...
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Are languages just syntax or do they include the framework too? [closed]

In building a language history for Pascal I noticed that at some point languages changed from a strong line between the language and its common libraries to more of a blurry one. In the first few ...
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When and why you should use void (instead of i.e. bool/int)

I occasionally run into methods where a developer chose to return something which isn't critical to the function. I mean, when looking at the code, it apparently works just as nice as a void and after ...
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What are the basic skills a beginner JavaScript programmer should have? [closed]

In NYC, we are working on creating a collaborative community programming environment and trying to segment out software engineers into differing buckets. At present, we are trying to define: ...
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The importance of javascript and the best way to learn it? [duplicate]

I'm a new graduate, but I have been doing web development for about six months. When I was finishing university the server side languages (PHP, Java) were more important then client side languages. ...