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Dec
17
comment Is there a practical use case for 5 stars (pointer to a pointer to …)
Sure: When you need one more level of indirection than 4 stars provides.
Dec
15
revised What are technologies like XML, JSON, and YAML classified under?
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Dec
11
comment Matching algorithms in context of data quality problems
@w0051977: String dates could be difficult. You'll have to decide how you want to handle strings like 01/02/1980 vs. 02/01/1980: Is it Feb. 01 1980 or Jan. 02 1980?
Dec
11
comment Matching algorithms in context of data quality problems
How is date of birth stored? As an actual DATE object, or as a free-form string?
Dec
10
comment Company decides standard language for all development, or coder can pick their own standard…so that is the standard? What is the norm?
@VSW: Ideally, there would be discussion among all the employees before the pick something to standardize on. Their input should be taken and considered when deciding on what to standardize on (although there should be other inputs to this process). And yes, if someone would really prefer to give up their job than learn a new language, I guess that's what they'd have to do. Most mature programmers I know are willing to learn new languages if necessary, and some even look forward to it. People who refuse to learn seem immature, and will eventually get left behind.
Dec
10
comment Company decides standard language for all development, or coder can pick their own standard…so that is the standard? What is the norm?
Not to mention what happens if there are three people who suddenly need to work on the same project, with the same files, and only one of them knows PHP because the others were hired when they could choose whatever they wanted to. Then they start complaining "Why does Liz get to choose to work in Python, but I have to work in PHP because Dave made that decision 2 years ago?"
Dec
10
reviewed Approve Is there ever a reason to use an array when lists are available?
Dec
10
comment Is there ever a reason to use an array when lists are available?
@ratchetfreak: Hmm maybe create a subclass of List that has a size constraint on the maximum number of elements in it ConstrainedList<ConstrainedList<String>(5)>(5)... Seems like a lot more trouble than it's worth, but it would probably work. ;)
Dec
10
comment Is there ever a reason to use an array when lists are available?
@Knerd: Why not have lists of lists List<List<String>>?
Dec
9
comment Why isn't software abstract on a grander scale?
@MasonWheeler: Great point. I would not be happy if my compiler compiled my code intuitively based on one possible interpretation of what I wrote in a natural language. Because I'd still get blamed for the defect when the code doesn't work correctly.
Dec
8
comment Test if a point is inside or outside a 3D polygon
Or maybe he wants to know if a 3D point is on a plane defined by a 2D polygon, and also inside the polygon. It's not clear...
Dec
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revised Escape a GameLogic god class.
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Dec
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answered Escape a GameLogic god class.
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revised architecture of database heavy application
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answered architecture of database heavy application
Nov
27
comment Internship guidance, things to consider
@Joe: So you understand then, how this is a pretty subjective question asking about career and education advice, and not a great fit for this site?
Nov
27
comment Internship guidance, things to consider
...then again, to some people, seeing IBM experience on a resume will earn you extra points immediately.
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revised Are there other ways to limit recursion depth for a function?
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