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Apr
13
comment Web applications and homogeneity across users
And this is where a lot of web will go. It's just super easy to access from everywhere. Also we have tools, often for free, that our ERP system does not have or that would be prohibitively expensive.
Apr
13
comment Web applications and homogeneity across users
Sounds like a very common problem actually. We have a web site that provides services for a variety of roles (like customer support, sales people, customers, product support..., an API for a web app). We have different functionality as much resource based (who can see what, customers can only see specific brands or assortments. Also single fields, eg employees can see inventory while customers can not) as based on functionality (sales people can edit certain fields customers can't, as whole blocks of functionality like statistics). It's not easy, but can be done and has been done.
Apr
13
comment Fine grained search over a large dataset
PS: I would at least prototype it with Elasticsearch or Apache Solr. They both use Lucene and this would give you some idea and estimate about how Lucene behaves.
Apr
13
comment Fine grained search over a large dataset
Very roughly this could work. If you look at Elasticsearch this is somewhat similar. You don't talk much about what exactly you want to do with this data. Depending on the type of query you would organize the data in indices based on months. If your queries would be something on the line of statistics you could also add aggregation tables that make some calculations per month, week or quarter and optimize your code so it can use those aggregations. Also you could maybe share data over multiple machines and split queries. It just hurts to write this if Elastic would do it out of the box.
Apr
5
comment Client wants source code, but it contains a lot of shared code I reuse with other projects
What do they need it for? Chances are they only want to be sure to have the code in case you go out of business. You possibly can add licensing that limits allowed usage. At one time a company I worked deposited (right word?) source code with a lawyer company as security for such a case.
Apr
4
comment Parking Simulation Software Design
In some other context you would be right maybe. If this would be about real vehicles and would carry more vehicle information then the parking size and fee should go somewhere else. But: in this very specific context the vehicle classes solely exist for their parking space properties (if I understand this right). Without that information you would not need those classes at all. Maybe just badly named, VehicleParking, CarParking and TruckParking could avoid such confusion.
Apr
1
comment Enforcing open source software license
In many cases this is very difficult obviously. But once you have to fire one of your employees you may be very happy if you haven't done anything illegal. Upset former employees, competitors (who may know more about your business than you may like) and various other sources are possible in such cases.
Mar
17
comment Is this a race condition?
Is the calculation of the total and updating the sum field a single query?
Mar
13
comment Can i write html on one line only in my php code?
Yes, a lot of sites run their html, css & javascript through minimizers that remove unnecessary whitespace (and do other optimizations). The result looks mostly like this. Though I don't see why you would care about those few bytes in this specific case.
Mar
12
comment Java and C++ connection?
This may depend on how easily you get confused I guess. There are some similarities as there are huge differences. Most programmers at some point master several languages and it's not that difficult. Maybe just give it a try and concentrate on the one you more like if you get confused and feel that you lose too much time that way.
Mar
11
comment In a program written in Pascal, what hardware components are used?
A program can use mostly any hardware components it likes (depending on OS and various access restrictions). It can place data in memory, video memory, write to hard disks or printers or communicate with any part inside the PC or attached to it (eg trigger the LEDs on your keyboard), send sound to a speaker. Obviously everything happening on your computer is done by 'programs' so programs must be able to do all those things.
Mar
11
comment In a program written in Pascal, what hardware components are used?
It's stored in RAM and executed by the CPU. Your writeln('hello') example will be stored in RAM as a combination of executable code (mostly to move around data and trigger OS functions for rendering) and data (the string 'hello'). What exactly happens would depend on the OS this runs on (and more details). With todays GUIs this will lead to a rather complex set of operations that will render the text with the help of font information and finally output the result (kind of bitmap) into a window which in turn means changes to video memory on your graphics card.
Feb
23
comment Database data Bucketing Report Design
If the only interesting option here is if the item exists in the time range why do you even count? (instead using "select count(*) ... group by item_id, customer_id" maybe?) Also how arbitrary are your date ranges? Are those always months? Or could it also be something like 15.1.2014 to 30.1.2014 or even something like calendar weeks? You could have buckets (as for example months) and a unique key on bucket_id (the month) and item_id (and maybe customer_id if that is relevant in the context) so duplicates are rejected on the db level.
Feb
16
revised How discrete should a RESTful API be?
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Feb
3
comment What's the benefit of GIT for solo programmer?
Every five minutes: Well, I don't do it that often, but basically it's a backup, so if my local machine crashes I get the work back. Why branches: because then I can work on something new and still fix bugs on master. A branch may take days or even weeks.
Jan
28
comment Creating variables in methods/functions
@Bas there are really lots of cases where variables make sense even if only used once. Think of very long and complex calculations or string concatenations for example when you generate html or sql strings (in many cases there may be better options than string concatenation to do this but if you have to having subsections with clear names may make such things much more readable)
Jan
28
comment Creating variables in methods/functions
Basically all of this as needed. You can use variables for the sole purpose of increasing readability (though you don't have to always do this, just use where it makes sense). In some cases you may even split a function in several sub functions for readability, even if those new functions are only called once. Your second example may not be too great, but if there is some deep nesting it may become more interesting. Also when you have rather complex calculations that become difficult to read you may split them into smaller steps that way.
Jan
28
comment Application with really dynamic data structure
Without knowing what exactly changed and what types of query run on this data this is quite difficult to say (also other information like data volume etc). Maybe some kind of schema less store (nosql document store like Elasticsearch) would be easier to use.
Jan
26
comment What's the best practice for adding a lot of attributes to a Rails model?
Maybe you would be better off serializing the data and doing the search with something like Elasticsearch. It's easy enough, adds lots of bonus features (full text search one of it) and if the project grows you will use it anyway.
Jan
23
comment If-else in C++ Programming Language
Look, with "no sense" I just meant that the if works differently and part of this is ignored, and that it only compiles for some details of how C++ works (as basically npinti explains in his answer). Yep, you learned something important here (C++ can make a true/false value out of a lot of things). This is actually the source for many errors (like by accident assigning a value with x=0 instead of comparing x==0). You are totally right to try out such things, even if they look weird. But that is why I asked what you did expect it to do.