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Nov
19
comment Why is JSX good, when JSP scriptlets are bad?
Sorry, I missed that point. I started to compose an answer but then realised it was simply a case of "your guess is as good as mine". A nice presentation layer syntax for JSX might be useful, I can only surmise that this was important to the Java designers and not to the JSX designers.
Nov
18
answered Why is JSX good, when JSP scriptlets are bad?
Sep
23
comment How to illustrate to students why they should use the standard library?
I think this is a great idea, get them to stress test a container class (such as Vector) for performance and correctness with millions of inserts, deletes, shuffles etc. This should take them a small number of hours if they know what they're doing. Part 2 of the assignment will be to repeat the process with your own implementation (evil grin:)
Jul
9
answered Java desktop app with mysql database
Jul
18
comment Project is nearly done, but procedural spaghetti code. Do I rewrite or just keep trying to ship it?
And just to clarify, what makes the incremental improvements feasible is that you have a battery of tests to give you some confidence that you're not breaking existing functionality. If you find yourself thinking "I can't change that" then you've just identified somewhere that needs test coverage.
Jun
3
revised How should I refactor switch statements like this (Switching on type) to be more OO?
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Jun
3
comment How should I refactor switch statements like this (Switching on type) to be more OO?
By the way, is this ActionScript? I wasn't sure what language I was working in so the syntax may not be 100%.
Jun
3
answered How should I refactor switch statements like this (Switching on type) to be more OO?
Apr
25
comment How to reject a code review that you believe is unnecessary?
I always like the humble approach, I would reject the change on the basis that I don't understand and I'm therefore, not qualified to give it the ok.
Apr
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Apr
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revised Migrating web app from php to Java
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Mar
29
answered Migrating web app from php to Java
Oct
2
answered Is it possible for a good programmer to have never used version control?
Sep
8
comment My boss wants a narrated line-by-line English explanation of our code
I was going to make the same suggestion. The boss doesn't want a conceptual overview, he wants it line by line so it should be possible to crank out something in a day or so that creates utterly useless but superficially correct documentation. It wouldn't matter if it were a rats nest of if-elses in perl that was easily confused by corner cases, it would just identify variable declarations, modifications to variables, method calls etc (remember that it's line by line, it in no way groks the code).
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Sep
10
answered I'm graduating with a Computer Science degree but I don't feel like I know how to program