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Jul
17
comment Which is Preferable: FirstName LastName or Forename Surname etc
@TruthOf42 If you're going that route, just follow Javier's answer and use only Name. Less confusing for everyone involved.
Jul
17
comment Which is Preferable: FirstName LastName or Forename Surname etc
@TruthOf42 My mom has 5 names. You'd be calling her "Mrs. <not her family name>". And one of my friends has 2 names, no middle name.
Jul
16
comment Is PHP actually a web framework?
@DeerHunter That's like saying Java, Python, and Brainfuck are equivalent because they're all Turing-complete. I'd call your statement more wrong than anything else...
Jul
15
comment How to make sprint planning fun
Our 2-week sprints are planned to take 4 hours for planning (they sometimes end up a bit more, sometimes a bit less), so that does seem like a good general rule-of-thumb.
Jul
15
comment Is it legitimate to ask co-workers to use specific browser in an intranet website?
@Ofiris That seems to have been due to incompatibility between a third-party JQuery plugin and a newer version of JQuery, not an actual bug in JQuery.
Jul
15
comment What is the best way to store configurations of shell/script code to execute later?
And I wasn't even referring to the point user13739 makes.. Forgot about that
Jul
14
comment What is the best way to store configurations of shell/script code to execute later?
A note, your last example doesn't do the same thing as the first two. The third can go either way depending on implementation, but removes the option from the user.
Jul
14
revised What is the best way to store configurations of shell/script code to execute later?
Typo, string not ended
Jul
14
comment Is it legitimate to ask co-workers to use specific browser in an intranet website?
Depending on the skill level of the users, they might not. They might just complain that it's not working.
Jul
14
comment What's the difference between college-level and corporate programming?
@Bevan It can also be argued that that's the difference between a "programmer" and a "developer". Not sure where I stand on it, though.
Jul
12
comment Established antipattern name? Only getting data ducks in a row right before you need them
@PieterB US English (don't know about elsewhere), "sorted out" means "make correct", which here could mean sorting, filtering, or other transformations. Granted, I don't usually see it in a programming context - usually, it's more like "Lets get this problem sorted out".
Jul
3
comment Why do most programming languages only support returning a single value from a function?
I agree with @LegoStormtroopr - Python's tuple unpacking is extremely flexible, so calling (a, b) = foo() a function with 2 return values can get especially hazy due to the fact that, if bar returns the right format, this works: ((a, b), c, ((d, e), f)) = bar() (Just, don't ever do that! Please!)
Jun
28
comment Why not have a High Level Language based OS? Are Low Level Languages more efficient?
@pllee Depends on what "level" you usually work at. I'm in Python and Javascript all day, so C looks pretty low-level to me.
Jun
24
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Jun
23
comment Should we be looking out for lying code?
@user16764 Without looking at the other thread, the first thing to pop into mind is the Underhanded C Contest
Jun
23
comment Are certifications worth it?
@Keeno If there were flaws in the basics being taught, as jwenting said, someone with 10 years in the field should have realized it during the course and known not to put that certification on their resume.
Jun
23
comment Functional as a first language
+1 for mentioning higher-order functions - I was ready to post my own answer about them. Half my co-workers struggle with the concept, and the rest who do get them don't think of them when it would be the simplest solution.
Jun
23
comment What does “branching is free” mean in Git?
With Git, it's even less than a commit - a branch is just a label. And SVN sounds as expensive as CVS, since they both copy all files.
Jun
20
comment Is web session “Bad Design”? Why?
but you can't always count on the client being able to save cookies then AFAIK, you can't count on sessions, either. Aren't cookies used to identify which session belongs to which user, or are there other methods and that's simply the most common?
Jun
20
comment Is web session “Bad Design”? Why?
@Katana314 Database storage with cookies. You can use sessions for very basic information like identifying the user, but a lot of session implementations (particularly in Django, which we've hit multiple times) have flaws that can create race conditions with more transient data whenever multiple requests by the same user are sent at once (like with AJAX calls)