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Oct
4
answered Where did the notion of “one return only” come from?
Feb
10
comment What are the biggest differences between F# and Scala?
Also Futures are not closer... Promises are closer to async workflows. See stackoverflow.com/questions/5579602/… and docs.scala-lang.org/sips/pending/futures-promises.html . If Scala doesn't generate continuations aka green thread aka coroutines aka lwp .... I feel even less inclined to use it. I still think your tone is biased.
Feb
10
comment What are the biggest differences between F# and Scala?
Hmm maybe your right I could have sworn that Scala generated Kilim like bytecode but maybe they haven't implemented that yet.
Feb
10
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Feb
10
comment What are the biggest differences between F# and Scala?
You might want to read up more on Scala's implementation of Actors :) If it was just a library you could just emulate it in Java but there is special byte code generation going on. The compiler most certainly does special things for Actors. They provide green threads and continuation like behavior that is not possible in Java. I'm almost certain its not just a tack on library but I can't find a reference so... maybe I'm wrong.
Feb
9
comment What are the biggest differences between F# and Scala?
I guess its the semantics of the word minimalism. Haskell is thus more minimal than Scala. The FP-OOP mariage I think is by definition much more complicated than say pure FP. F# has OOP mainly for compatibility with .NET. Scala embraces it. Scala's actor model is IMHO more complicated than F# async workflows. The syntax of the language by your definition maybe more "minimal" but the languages as a whole can't be compared like that.
Feb
7
comment What are the biggest differences between F# and Scala?
I feel like this whole answer is a little biased towards Scala. For example Scala is much more minimalistic language than F# which seems to go against his argument/later point of a more complex type system.
Nov
18
answered Immutable design with an ORM: How are sessions managed?
Sep
20
answered If immutable objects are good, why do people keep creating mutable objects?
Sep
16
comment Computer Science and other advance topics taught in javascript
BTW how Crockford learned the "good stuff" of Javascript was trying to solve a problem: Children's Chat website he was building.
Sep
16
answered Computer Science and other advance topics taught in javascript
Sep
16
comment Is it true that once you learn one language most of the rest come easy?
I completely agree. The more stuff (particularly type theory and concurrency) your first language has the more you will be exposed to directly or indirectly. I think F# or Scala would be an ideal first language because of the immense amount of features and mainstream usage. Then again I'm a big fan of throwing people in the deep end.
Jul
6
answered Why don't relational databases support returning information in a nested format?
Jul
6
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May
24
comment How do you tell if advice from a senior developer is bad?
Most Programming is minute Jim G. And from experience (I am a senior developer) there is much other B.S. involved with being right. There is almost always a bigger picture. And the people higher up respond to bigger picture (see his update), not to "but my design is more decoupled". Since the OP did not give an example I had to take some liberties.
May
24
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May
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May
24
answered How do you tell if advice from a senior developer is bad?
May
24
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