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Once Upon a time a magical company called MagicDollars (for the sake of brevity for the rest of the answer we will refer to this company by its stock ticker M$) and this company made the most widely used, operating system, internet browser, office productivity suite, and various other products. M$ had this great idea to just integrate all of its software so that they would all work together seamlessly. This would be great for users of this software since this would make doing things like importing a webpage in a Ward processing (because in magicland we have wards instead of words) document, seemlessly and natively.

But this would evidently make the software too good. And we cant have people getting software that is too good. Because then if another company came along with their own version of good software people will be too dumb to install and use that if they have the already integrated versions that were included. So the Neanderthal Union decreed that M$ was using its magical abilities to make things too difficult for smaller developers to create super complex applications that they must give away for free. And said you will no longer make things work together seemlessly.

And instead of extending their middle wand to the NeU and saying fine we shall no longer make software that can be used in the NeU... M$ bowed before the luddites and said ok. So now you can not rename a file from inside of your office productivity suite in Magicland.


Jul
6
comment Why do we still use JavaScript?
@Jason Exactly. But saying that javascript is assembler and that using jQuery is not using javascript are the fallacies that I was trying to correct. @Ryan I guess you can say compiled though I dont really like that word. The javascript is built but not really compiled as compiling indicates something that is at least somewhat optimized for execution. Javascript is not. It is interpreted at runtime. Some of us old farts that have coded in assembler get picky about these distinctions.
Jul
6
comment Why do we still use JavaScript?
@Alex no JS is not the assembler of the web. JS is interpreted by the browser. Assembler is machine language it works directly with the machine. It doesnt care what your OS is it just executes instructions. And the language you use to call the jQuery is javascript. It calls javascript and returns back to javascript. It never goes outside of javascript. It is not a dialect, they are prepackaged methods of javascript. But they are all intepreted not compiled.
Jul
6
comment Should you bother with SVN branches if you only ever have one?
This works until it fails. If you need to implement a fix before the new feature is ready... Or if a new feature release wasnt as ready for primetime as you thought it becomes much harder to back that change out of the code if you do not use branching.
Jul
6
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Jul
6
revised In .NET (Visual Studio), when do you create a new assembly?
Fixed for readability and added a tag
Jul
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suggested approved edit on In .NET (Visual Studio), when do you create a new assembly?
Jul
6
comment Is it common for developers to deal with extensive change control procedures?
Over time you will learn to predict their questions and proactively justify the changes. Take the time to listen to what they ask and try to figure out what they are trying to find out. There are probably good reasons for asking the questions. There may be a posted agenda you can use to follow along loosely while working on other things too but still be ready when it is your turn.
Jul
6
answered Is it common for developers to deal with extensive change control procedures?
Jul
6
comment Why do we still use JavaScript?
-1 jQuery is a Javascript library. It simply wraps several handy methods into its libraries. With out JS we have no jQuery
Jul
6
comment Why do we still use JavaScript?
Actually IE tried to start down a path of fixing JS the result was IE 6...
Jul
5
answered Promotion or De-motivation
Jul
5
comment What does the term day-one-bug mean?
It means that your "Dead Relative" in Ghana with the fortune they imbezeled through their computer trickery... does not really exist... I know that probably shakes you to the core.
Jul
1
comment Inspiring a co-worker to adopt better coding practices?
Are you the coders direct supervisor? If not then can you get management buy in on establishing coding standards?
Jul
1
answered How do you track Production tasks
Jul
1
comment Does over-reliance on tools imply that you are lazy?
Coder I have to go 120 miles for work pretty regularly. If I had to walk that It would take over 24 hours at a good (Military March) pace. Cars are a tool. That said I also hop in the car to go 3 blocks to the grocery store for a gallon of milk(Thats cause im lazy).
Jul
1
comment Does over-reliance on tools imply that you are lazy?
@Dave actually modern electronics have made the automatic actually more efficent on average. My Ford Fusion with same options was rated almost a full mile per gallon less. I am sure there are times where the manual is still better in the micro but over all automatic has the lead.
Jul
1
comment Does over-reliance on tools imply that you are lazy?
+1 yes, uninformed opinionated junior programmers have become lazy and less competent
Jul
1
comment Does over-reliance on tools imply that you are lazy?
+1 so true. Not to mention that of the 25k crew of the the Enterprise im sure that there were people responsible for the programming of Computer so that it can take those simple program commands.
Jul
1
comment Does over-reliance on tools imply that you are lazy?
+1 for the whole. I am not sure I with "The only thing you should be developing is code that is unique to the business you're developing for." But I will concede that it is a valid business strategy.
Jun
30
comment How were the first compilers made?
+1 for the answer but I am tempted to remove it for the use of goto