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Jan
12
comment How would Functional Programming proponents answer this statement in Code Complete?
@mikera "The reason functional languages will ultimately offer superior performance is that we have come to the end of the line for single core performance, and it will all be about concurrency and parallelism in the future" - That's short sighted. We may have reached the end of the line for silicone-based cores. That's all. There's lots of research in different techologies (spintronics, quantum computing, adiabatic computing) which may provide unimaginable breakthroughs in single-core performance.
Jan
12
comment How would Functional Programming proponents answer this statement in Code Complete?
@mikera "Give me a enough cores and I'll beat your single-threaded C++ game engine" -- with such statements one can excuse performance problems of any magnitude.
Jan
11
comment “Gödel, Escher, Bach” still valid today?
@MartinBeckett Art is different than science. We enjoy baroque music, even though other kinds of music (like Mozart or Mahler) came after it, but theory of ether has been buried due to the emergence of Relativity and Quantum Mechanics.
Jan
11
comment What are the complexities of memory-unmanaged programming?
@DeadMG RAII is not manual memory management
Jan
11
comment What are the complexities of memory-unmanaged programming?
And the double free!
Jan
11
comment “Gödel, Escher, Bach” still valid today?
Heh, we are so different. I wanted to like the book, but couldn't -- Hofstadter spends so much time elaborating simple concepts, that it makes me scream in my head "I get it! move on!". I've been fascinated by textbooks on functional analysis and Hilbert spaces, but GEB simply puts me to sleep. The book has its merits, but should have been edited down to at most 50% of its current size. Hofstadter in his foreword says that he considers his work a finished perfect piece of writing -- I admire his self-admiration!
Jan
11
comment “Gödel, Escher, Bach” still valid today?
Mathematics will last forever, but the AI concepts can get outdated.
Jan
10
comment How do I choose a package format for Linux software distribution?
@MikeBaranczak "That's the great thing about Linux - so many different standards to choose from." That was irony, I hope?
Jan
10
comment When practicing collective code ownership, can there be experts of each component?
Collective code ownership does not mean exclusive rights to modify the code, it means shared responsibility. E.g. if the "main owner" of a particular piece of code cannot/will not fix a bug in it, another developer can and should step in and fix it to the best of his/her abilities.
Jan
9
comment Should software patents be legal?
This is a subjective question.
Jan
9
comment What kind of software should we write? What technology should we deliver?
"But I wonder, what is the purpose of Twitter and Facebook?" - That's easy to answer: their purpose is to extract data about consumers which they wouldn't be willing to share otherwise and sell them to advertisers.
Jan
9
comment Is it okay to use a short EULA?
@JoeyAdams I'm not sure what is the point -- if they user cares about the contents of the EULA, they will have to read the full version anyway.
Jan
5
comment How can programming ability be used to help people in poverty?
Some people make money in such a socially destructive way, that even if they donate some % of their profits to charity, the net result is negative.
Jan
5
comment Computation Program Not Running at 100% CPU Utilization
Quick&dirty profilng: debug a release build and break the process at random times. You'll gain an insight in what part of the code takes most of the time (statistically).
Jan
5
comment What do I need to know about Agile to blag my way past a recruitment agent?
@ThorbjørnRavnAndersen Sorry, what splinters?
Jan
5
comment When is a BIG Rewrite the answer?
I think Joel's point is that by doing a rewrite, you lose the knowledge accumulated in the old code.
Jan
5
comment What do I need to know about Agile to blag my way past a recruitment agent?
@ThomasOwens It's austerity time in the UK. If a company can save 20-30% of your annual salary by hiring you directly, they'll be happy to. It's usually best to be hired through an internal reference, though - but not always possible.
Jan
5
comment What do I need to know about Agile to blag my way past a recruitment agent?
Never lie during the recruitment process. For many employees it's an automatic disqualification, no matter how otherwise good you turn out to be.
Jan
5
comment What do I need to know about Agile to blag my way past a recruitment agent?
@ThomasOwens World is not so simple. A company with a great development team may be mired in an exclusive contract with a sub-par recruitment agency. Or the stupid agent may be a one-off case. Your attitude is a bit like rejecting the company because you didn't like their choice of toilet paper.
Dec
31
comment Can we use Java for commercial use?
This is FUD. I see plenty of companies around me, including big-name banks, using Java without any giving any thought to licensing problems.