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Apr
25
comment Is the algorithm more important than the programming language?
What you're writing only scrapes the surface. You are assuming a notion of 'better' that not everyone shares. Quality is always a matter of suitability to one's goals. Programming in C++ isn't always a good fit for every goal.
Feb
28
comment How many lines of code can a C# developer produce per month?
E.g. the code can be run through a formatter before counting.
Feb
5
answered How can I deal with a team member who dislikes making comments in code?
Jan
24
comment Is there a correlation between code complexity and developer productivity?
Not really. the complexity of the task performed by the software must be distinguished from the added complexity caused by the implementation chosen.
Oct
24
comment “Never do in code what you can get the SQL server to do well for you” - Is this a recipe for a bad design?
This question is two in one - I think it should be split. 1) How much should be done in SQL? 2) How much should be done in the DBMS? Stored procedures fall in the middle. I've seen entire applications coded in stored procedures.
Oct
24
comment Why didn't “cloud computing” offer appear earlier?
@Warren P: That is not the definition of cloud computing to me. It's cloud computing only when the remote computing resources are virtual and their mapping to physical resources may change without the user noticing. If this characteristic isn't included, it just becomes a new name for time sharing, as Jimmy Hoffa stated.
Oct
24
comment Why didn't “cloud computing” offer appear earlier?
@Jimmy Hoffa: Sure, but it isn't implied by the concept of timesharing.
Oct
23
comment Why didn't “cloud computing” offer appear earlier?
@Jimmy Hoffa: I didn't claim that the cloud is new, I claim that the concept is different from the concept of timesharing.
Oct
23
comment Why didn't “cloud computing” offer appear earlier?
This is not entirely accurate - what is different about the cloud is that as a user you no longer know or care where your time sharing machines are; hence the name.
Oct
5
comment Is it a bad practice to store large files (10 MB) in a database?
I don't see any vagueness in the question as it is now. I have no idea why it was closed.
Jun
11
comment Visual programming for serious software
Textual programming languages use lots of compact syntactic constructs. For the most part they are essentially 1D languages that lean on our natural language processing capabilities and our years of training in reading and writing. 2D languages can't build on this prior knowledge, so it's much harder for them to develop a compact, highly expressive syntax without becoming hard to learn.
May
30
comment Is it a bad practice to store large files (10 MB) in a database?
@briddums: Yes, once you need DO TRANSACTION you have that problem ... but that statement only does anything meaningful for your database operations. For transactional filesystem operations, you e.g. have to implement rollback. See also Thomas's answer.
May
30
comment Is it a bad practice to store large files (10 MB) in a database?
When will programmers learn that performance isn't all that matters?
May
30
comment Is it a bad practice to store large files (10 MB) in a database?
@briddums: The main problem with your argument is that you move the responsibility for maintaining ACIDity into your application oode. With a single-concurrent-user, single-application database it may be an acceptable workaround, but it makes database people cringe.
May
25
comment Definition of “state”
I think this is the best answer, if rephrased to be intelligible to a nonprogrammer. Say: all activities handle things and/or information. This happens in three ways: 1) any activity may take or use or read something: its input; 2) it may produce or write something: its output; 3) while in progress it may hold, keep, memorize, store something: its state. For most computer programs, all input, output and state consists of information, while for other types of activities (say, cooking) physical objects are usually involved as well.
May
25
comment Synchronously write file
Have a look at, say, logging in Apache.
May
25
comment Can a C# developer turned VB developer ever return to C# later in their career without a significant penalty?
Ahem. In case you haven't noticed, much of the improvements have gone the other way: VB.NET features and VB.NET IDE features having been carried over to C#.
May
2
comment What constitutes a dead programming language?
@TimPost: I don't think that is the case by definition, but as a result of the language not being used. I wouldn't call a language dead if it is used but not changed, but that very rarely happens.
Apr
13
comment Is it just me or is this a baffling tech interview question?
If the interview is for a systema analyst or a similar position, this is entirely apt: your job is to help customers clarify their questions, rather than to answer them.
Mar
20
comment Are SMART goals useful for programmers?
@Geek: So what message of trust in their planning abilities are you sending to your developers by making them sign off on a list of activities in advance?