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Dec
10
comment I don't understand the arguments against operator overloading
+1: Well written, well argued, interesting topic and highly debatable. A shining example of a p.se question.
Dec
1
awarded  Necromancer
Nov
29
comment Is the Java package name convention flawed?
@Thorbjørn: A namespace, unlike a domain, isn't, and can't be owned by anyone. It is only a logical division or categorization of code. The chances of collision between you and that other company approaches zero, unless that other company also happens to develop software, in the same technology, and has a similar offering (in short - a competitor of yours). In that case, I'd take RebBingo's suggestion, unless you're okay with having a competing company that has the same name as your company.
Nov
27
awarded  Revival
Nov
27
answered Which specific practices could be called “software craftsmanship” rather than “software engineering”?
Nov
27
comment Conflict resolution between programmers
Would the answers to this question be any different if you were talking about resolving workplace conflicts with other types of knowledge workers? If the answer is no, this question is off topic.
Nov
27
answered Is the Java package name convention flawed?
Nov
23
comment Why is it so hard to get people to pay for software?
Good point. But there is one part of games that may balance out DRM somewhat since it's only available for legitimate copies: multiplayer. Since in most games multiplayer is software plus services (S+S) rather than just software, it can't be pirated (although it can be imitated to some degree). This provides an added value that encourages you to purchase the game. DRM is still a pain, though.
Nov
23
comment Method vs Function vs Procedure
Great answer! Just one tiny addition: A procedure should "do something" to the arguments - or cause some other side effect (e.g. printf).
Nov
19
awarded  Critic
Nov
8
comment Why do so few large websites run a Microsoft stack?
Cost may indeed be the reason, but you bullet list of Microsoft technologies that cost money is wrong: .NET is free, Visual Studio is free (there are paid version too, just like there are paid version of PHP IDEs), SQL Server Express is free (again, there are paid version too), and IIS is an operating system component which is included for free with the OS. Also, you don't have to run the Microsoft stack (just call it by its name: ASP.NET) on Windows/IIS, it can run on Linux/Apache too (with Mono).
Nov
7
comment How do you use blank lines in your code?
@Mike: I don't know, I don't think the guy's around to ask him. I didn't even bother to check if all the methods were properly aligned. Like with a dirty public restroom, you go in, do your thing, and leave as quickly as possible.
Nov
6
comment How do you use blank lines in your code?
I'm assuming your Bad Whitespace example is a shortened version of what should be considered bad. At its current length, it seems unnecessary to split it up.
Nov
6
comment How do you use blank lines in your code?
@Rob: It was used in production code of a large system, but without the comment header, and having large enough method bodies that the alignment puzzled me, since I couldn't see other method signatures in that file. When I collapsed the bodies of the methods, I was able to see the "reason" for the whitespace.
Nov
6
answered How do you use blank lines in your code?
Nov
6
comment Which library/framework did you ditch as being too complex for the problem it is solving?
WCF 4.0 requires no XML configuration file at all. I don't have any experience with interoperability with other technologies (apart from using WCF as a client, which works well), but I can say I found it both easy and intuitive. Even though I started using it without reading any books or having any training (and with deadlines to meet), I was able to hit the ground running.
Nov
5
comment Why SQL is not so widespread in large desktop applications?
Databases are also just "a bunch of files". I'd argue that all the examples you presented are in fact databases, just not SQL-queryable relational databases.
Nov
5
revised Most logically consistent way to create methods of the form a affects b?
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Nov
5
answered Most logically consistent way to create methods of the form a affects b?
Nov
5
comment What does “Human Readable” mean? Is it a misnomer?
+1: Everything is "human readable" given enough effort. The de facto meaning of "human readable" in computers is: plain text, unstructured or some structure solely composed of textual characters.