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University of Calgary Alumni
B.S.c. Computer Science


Oct
4
comment Is Object Oriented Programming a solution to complexity?
@MichaelBorgwardt, I know, that's why I remarked that lisp really is used by people, so it's not just some ivory tower stuff.
Oct
4
comment Is Object Oriented Programming a solution to complexity?
@MichaelBorgwardt, mainstream adoption corrupts a useful idea because many people in the main stream don't understand what the idea is all about, so when you try to search for what OOP is, you see various misconceptions by various people. LISP still is used, but only by a minority, so it's less likely that the original ideas suffered from the corruption caused by pointy haired bosses not having a clue what it's all about.
Aug
19
comment Why does the Lisp community prefer to accumulate all the parentheses at the end of the function?
What editor moves by s-expressions? More specifically, how do I get vim to do that?
Jul
16
comment Programmer aptitude test
@Casey, I don't see the distinction. What is engineering, if not solving problems?
Mar
24
comment Why can't there be an “universal” programming language that serves all purposes?
Machine language is not universal; not even close. Each machine has its own language.
Feb
13
comment How could we rewrite the 'No Evil' license to make it 'free'?
This is still non-free
Jan
22
comment What's your favourite quote about programming?
not helping ...
Jan
22
comment What's your favourite quote about programming?
I still don't understand what it is. Seriously, if it's something well known in your culture, don't just assume that every one in the world knows what it is.
Jan
1
comment Programmer aptitude test
@Brennan: The only math I found similar to programming was Discrete Math in university. Most other math we studied was about mindlessly applying rules and formulas to solve some sort of an equation. You can argue that's not true math, but it doesn't matter to this discussion.
Dec
31
comment Why do so few large websites run a Microsoft stack?
Many people get windows for free. Specially the programmers/geeky types who can easily find a torrent for it. Also, many hacker types get Macs, which is rather expensive. As for the tools, well, the free Unix tools are available for windows too, and windows has its own free tools that are not available for Unix.
Dec
31
comment Programmer aptitude test
Well, it's a complicated field, if you approach it head on you will fail. Everyone who started programming started with easy stuff, and believed that it's really easy. That belief will likely be maintained through out their learning experience. You never realize how complicated it is until you look back, or watch someone struggle with something that you find very basic.
Dec
31
comment Why do so few large websites run a Microsoft stack?
It's not like they would love to move to windows but it's too late. They most likely don't ever want to move. The only reason people move from Linux to Windows is to play video games because video card drivers for Linux suck.
Dec
31
comment Programmer aptitude test
That's a very complicated test. If someone told me to take the test before delving into programming I would've been scared off. OK, maybe I wouldn't care, but anyone who would take the test seriously would be scared off.
Nov
18
comment What are the worst false economies in software development?
@MetalMikester, that's why I put a "when" clause; I'm talking about cases when free alternatives are better, and there are a lot of such cases.
Nov
18
comment What are the worst false economies in software development?
i.e. companies that stick with Java and C# and are too afraid to touch python or ruby because they're not "industry standard", which reminds me of: paulgraham.com/avg.html
Nov
18
comment What are the worst false economies in software development?
@Gan: They think using open source is the false economy, but they have it all backwards.
Nov
12
comment What are some famous one-liner or two-liner programs and equations?
it's LaunchNukes();
Nov
12
comment What's your favourite quote about programming?
What exactly is LSD?
Nov
12
comment What's your favourite quote about programming?
bad excuse for C++ suckage
Nov
11
comment Why do people say that VB gives you bad programming habits?
Basically VB is almost like a domain-specific-language that's only suitable for writing small GUI apps with few buttons.