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Delphi, Java and PHP programmer from Southern Wisconsin.

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awarded  Peer Pressure
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accepted Munging intro level knowledge of set theory with intro level knowledge of electronics to parse and evaluate the content of HL7 messages
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comment Benefits of Masters of Engineering Professional Practice for the lowly (yet aspiring) programmer
RE: software engineering's usefulness. Now that I am a professional programmer I think I'd know what to look for in a MS in Software Engineering and would be able to make it more useful than I would if I had pursued after getting my BS in CompSci. The one real question I have is whether a PM degree has anything to do with the specific problems found in software development (SDLC etc...)
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asked Benefits of Masters of Engineering Professional Practice for the lowly (yet aspiring) programmer
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comment What do neglected O'Reilly book topics tell us about that topic?
@Fru even less scientific, but an order of magnitude higher (in the Delphi direction): stackexchange.com/search?q=Delphi About 23,400,000 results. stackexchange.com/search?q=Haskell About 2,890,000 results
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comment What do neglected O'Reilly book topics tell us about that topic?
@FUZ well when someone talks about 'maintaining legacy applications' they're not the folks purchasing Delphi XE2 to make iPhone/Android apps. I'd like to think that I was hired to work on new software, not maintain legacy software - but the line is pretty blurry when you get down to it.
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comment What do neglected O'Reilly book topics tell us about that topic?
@FUZ yeah, well the same could be said about Delphi. I'm not sure when Borland/Embarcadero stopped shipping books with their Delphi's, we got a free copy of Marco's 2009 guide when we bought Delphi 2009, but nothing but the help file for Delphi XE2 and there is a ton to learn in there. The point is, O'Reilly has the best books about their topics, in general, so that would be really useful to me as a Delphi programmer who constantly has to refer to the rather terse and exampleless help file bundled with Delphi.
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answered What do neglected O'Reilly book topics tell us about that topic?
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comment What do neglected O'Reilly book topics tell us about that topic?
That's kind of what I thought too, although they did once do the Delphi book, and never updated it. Also, they could just do an Object Pascal book cross platform and open source with Lazarus and Free Pascal. Or they could do a half and half book. And it's not like they've shied away from C# or .NET stuff - or even iPhone development, which arguably costs more for the independent developer than Delphi programming nowadays.
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comment What do neglected O'Reilly book topics tell us about that topic?
@thiton I'd imagine there are 9 or 10 O'Reilly employees here on programmers.SE. Probably working on a book, "Figuring out how to ask questions that don't get closed on Programmers" with a beady eyed vulture on the cover.
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comment What do neglected O'Reilly book topics tell us about that topic?
I dunno, it's not like Haskell is torchin' the TIOBE charts.
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comment What do neglected O'Reilly book topics tell us about that topic?
@stuperuser, you're right. I'm too busy writing programs in Delphi to read books about how to program in Delphi. But somehow, I'm not too busy to ask questions about why two Europeans (Dr. Bob and Marco Cantu) have a monopoly on the most earthy American programming language ever.
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revised What do neglected O'Reilly book topics tell us about that topic?
Oh, I forgot about pig and robotlegs
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asked What do neglected O'Reilly book topics tell us about that topic?
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answered Is the term “web portal” obsolete?
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comment Is the term “web portal” obsolete?
Ahh yes I fondly recall the Town Portal spell from Might and Magic, Clouds/Darkside of Xeen, that got me out of quite a few tight spots!
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comment Is the term “web portal” obsolete?
Your second definition jibes most concurringly with my antiquated web development books.
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comment Munging intro level knowledge of set theory with intro level knowledge of electronics to parse and evaluate the content of HL7 messages
also, thanks for taking this question seriously and offering up a well thought out response!
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comment Munging intro level knowledge of set theory with intro level knowledge of electronics to parse and evaluate the content of HL7 messages
Yeah, I can add all the functions I want. I think I'm just going to call it AnyOf (I already had MoreThan0, but that was too confusing). Thanks for reminding me about Exists. That would have been sufficient! I should just assign a value of 1 to strings returned from HL7 messages and let the formula add'em up, if the result = 0 then no existen.
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comment Munging intro level knowledge of set theory with intro level knowledge of electronics to parse and evaluate the content of HL7 messages
Yeah AllOf[Undefined] = Undefined, but AllOf[empty] = true (but I coded that possibility out of existence). If undefined escapes the factor part of the formula yeah, it's treated as false. The only problem is, I still treat (not undefined) as undefined and yes, it remains false. I think removing the unknowns (or keeping the ability to handle them, but not to generate them) is probably the road I'm going to go down. The problem is that, AllOf[empty] = true, I'm going to have to make AllOf[empty] = false.