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Jun
27
comment How to explain pointers to a Java/VB programmer
In C# you also have access to real pointers, which means you have the option of using them if you need them.
Jun
22
comment Finding a new programming language for web development?
Your needs aren't beside the point when the point is that you're asking a bunch of complete strangers on the internet which language you should choose. That's why the highest voted answer atm is "Good Luck".
Jun
20
comment Flash development under Ubuntu
There's Adobe Air... but they just deprecated it on the Linux desktop. The current version might work for you immediate needs.
Jun
16
awarded  Nice Answer
Jun
16
comment How do I create my own programming language and a compiler for it
Thanks for the edits, unknown person. I tried a couple of times but couldn't get my thoughts focused enough for the description... but didn't want to not mention the book. The book is now online at the Study Plan link: www1.idc.ac.il/tecs/plan.html. It's also very reasonably priced online. Enjoy everybody.
Jun
16
answered How do I create my own programming language and a compiler for it
May
24
awarded  Nice Answer
Apr
1
comment Which job opportunity is better? The one with the most learning potential or the most teaching potential?
Regarding company B... you'll either be looked at respectfully as an experienced developer that can help the company grow and everybody will cooperate willingly, or be resented as some new guy that thinks he knows everything and wants to change the whole system, and be the target of a smear campaign by your co-workers. Unless you being hired specifically to implement the proposed changes, with the full backing of management (like, they make you a manager, or pay you $1,000,000 for the project, so they'll back you because of money spent), you probably won't be received very well.
Mar
24
comment What is TCL, and is it a marketable skill?
Also, it wasn't me that left the wikipedia comment. :-)
Mar
24
comment What is TCL, and is it a marketable skill?
I didn't miss that, but the question is biased to assume it's not marketable. The answer is yes, it's marketable. Then the issue becomes how large of a market is there, and is that the market that you personally want to be in. The market isn't huge compared to some other languages, but if you look at companies like ActiveState, they're still making money off their Tcl distro. As for the unasked question of whether working with Tcl will expand your programming horizons... yes, it will. You might end up hating it or loving it, but you'll definitely learn something.
Mar
24
comment Book on Access and SQL
They might let him use another tool, but they'll probably need to install it for him. He should at least try, because his job can be a lot more efficient with better tools than Access.
Mar
24
comment What is TCL, and is it a marketable skill?
Cisco uses TCL as the embedded scripting language for IOS.
Mar
24
comment Book on Access and SQL
When you say "required to use Access", do you mean by policy, or that's all they give him to use? Writing SQL queries in Access is fairly awkward. Also, what database is he connecting to? A better tool might be available.
Mar
18
answered How to explain that writing universally cross-platform C++ code and shipping products for all OSes is not that easy?
Mar
18
comment Should I break contract early?
@cbang - By not standing up to him, it basically says to him that you fear him, which is what he wants. Whether you deal with this via management or privately, you need to deal with it, even if it costs you your job.
Mar
18
comment Programming in the Security Field?
The book Hacking: The Art of Exploitation is a good place to get started: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…
Mar
17
awarded  Critic
Mar
12
comment Is there value in having new developers (graduates) start as testers / bug-fixers?
I think an "orientation program" where they spend 2-4 weeks focused on the different aspects of the job migh not be a bad idea.
Mar
9
comment Not getting paid for hours you've worked?
@Mercfh - "Oh thats not bad then." - Except that overtime is time and a half, and comp time is pretty much always straight time. So you're still losing out.
Mar
9
answered iPhone app store — adding ads to free app