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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.


Jun
23
comment Move on and look elsewhere, or confront the boss?
I thought at first this was a sarcastic post... When you are at work you are being paid to work not post on SE... But the reality is employers have the right to review what you are doing with their systems. You may think that someone is looking over your shoulder but it is also possible that they have screen monitoring software being used by the managers. It is more common than you think, but my experience was your first knowledge of this software in use at your company was someone being fired because of its contents.
Jun
23
answered Should senior programmers be required to take on and mentor a junior developer?
Jun
23
comment Is it acceptable to decompile someone else's code for the purpose of learning what they did, and how they did it?
@Stephen - And just because the court should recoginize the fair use portion does not gaurentee it will...
Jun
22
comment Is it acceptable to decompile someone else's code for the purpose of learning what they did, and how they did it?
@zenbike - They would be sueing for damages. If all you did was read their code and did not copy it or try to duplicate the functionality then there are no damages. If you disclose what you know then you start opening yourself up for them. There is also fair use. If you were arrested for the decompiling under criminal statutes in the US or EU you should have a fair use defense so long as you did not change, or communicate what you learned about it.
Jun
20
comment Architecture diagram of a computer virus
@eddie Maybe not but I am sure that there are some security researchers that have generated one for them. And do not confuse a virus programmer with the script jockeys that deploy them.
Jun
17
answered 30 minutes to explain programming to a 15 year old
Jun
17
answered Models should match table structure, Viewmodels match how the data need to be displayed?
Jun
15
answered Logging, do you do it?
Jun
15
answered Giving employer power of attorney to obtain your inventions
Jun
15
comment Mix three different licenses for an open-source software
@David I think he is just saying he doesnt want someone coming in taking his free website, rebranding it and selling it as their own solution. I would bet that he is not looking for a prohibition of ad revenue or account revenue. Is that really against FOSS priciples?
Jun
15
comment Sr. Dev made a database I disagree with. Advice sought
In the end all that really matters is: can you make the design work as is? If you have problems ask the developer for help. As a new developer the worst thing you can do is prejudge. Once the project is complete you will probably have a better understanding for why some of the decisions were made.
Jun
13
comment How can we maximize our value and get paid?
@jhocking - I dont know how they calculated that but it is not accurate from my experience. In the midwest entry level is 12-14 / hour.
Jun
13
comment How can we maximize our value and get paid?
@Rein no I understand that beig a good teacher is not easy. However a tenured teacher can only be fired for misconduct. They can be horrible teachers that parents and students hate and even adminstration knows do not belong around students if they do not misbehave they keep their jobs.
Jun
13
answered How did they count the number of lines of code executed at runtime?
Jun
13
comment How can we maximize our value and get paid?
@Rein that isnt really true on the whole. A first year teacher generally makes more than an entry level programmer. While the top end of a programmer is generally much higher top end programmers are required to produce teachers just need to show up 4.3 days a week for 8 months and can not be fired unless they do something stupid.
Jun
10
comment Strange names for revisions?
@funderbolt actually a revision would be the copy you check back in.
Jun
10
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Jun
9
answered Entity Framework book for beginners
Jun
8
awarded  Commentator
Jun
8
comment Entity Framework book for beginners
What are you wanting to understand? I have not found a good book that really leverages integrating EF and ASP.net/WCF/WPF.