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comment Why is chaining setters unconventional?
"You've got a command (changing the state of the object) and a query (returning a copy of state -- in this case, the object itself) mixed into the same method.": If you were using functional objects, a setter would return a new object with one attribute changed. Then a fluent interface like this would be perfectly OK.
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comment Great Programmer Productivity - Accounting for 10,000 fold difference?
"everything to do with negotiation ability": Hm, you might be able to negotiate a good salary but then if you're not up to the task you'll probably be asked to leave. Unless your employer likes throwing their money away.
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comment Help in understanding computer science, programming and abstraction
@KevinKrumwiede: While I agree these concepts are not necessary to learn programming, I believe that they are sufficient. Mastering them will make learning programming a matter of practice. I also know good professional programmers who came from other directions: they have degrees in Mathematics or Physics. They did not directly learn to program during their study but they acquired skills that make learning to program quite easy.
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comment Help in understanding computer science, programming and abstraction
@KevinKrumwiede: Maybe it is different from place to place. I finished my study more than 20 years ago and it was mainly theoretical stuff: data structures, operations research, computability, logics, principles of operating systems (not how to use a particular OS). Practical subjects like C and assembly were considered too easy to be worth making a course about: stuff you learn by yourself or discuss with other students over a beer.
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comment Help in understanding computer science, programming and abstraction
@KevinKrumwiede: Nice prejudice based on a wrong premise: Most university courses prefer to teach high-level stuff like formal languages, functional programming, logics, and consider low-level stuff such as machine language as something that one should learn in their free time or discuss during lunch breaks.
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comment Should a C++ program catch all exceptions and prevent exceptions from bubbling up past main()?
@Deduplicator: No: you can always catch the exception and handle it.
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comment How did you become a const correctness convert?
@MatthieuM.: As with any new concept, it takes a while to digest Haskell. I bought "Real World Haskell" 5 years ago and still have to read some parts. Probably it would have gone much faster if I had had the chance to use it full time. Maybe you can try with "Learn You a Haskell for Great Good", it is easier for learning the basic stuff.
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comment Big O Notation of an example
+1: I think this should be the accepted answer.
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comment Is it bad to write object oriented C?
@jpmc26: "no polymorphism" you can use function pointers in structs, "no encapsulation/ability to hide state": use opaque data types (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opaque_data_type).
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comment How did you become a const correctness convert?
@MatthieuM.: Ever considered switching to Haskell? ;-)
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comment Ruby on rails not popular in big international IT companies?
@Kenzo: Java is also heavily use for server-side applications. With this I do not mean a web application (even though HTTP may be used for communication) but the server back end to which clients (e.g. apps running on smart phones) connect. For such applications Java has the advantage of being faster and statically typed (which is definitely good to have as soon as your code reaches a certain size).
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comment Why do python generators and functions share the “def” keyword?
@jamesdlin: Of course you can distinguish functions and generators by looking at their body, but the question argues that using different keywords would make the code more readable.
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revised How useful is C's “true” sizing of variables?
Fixed spelling
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comment Why do python generators and functions share the “def” keyword?
With Pythonic meaning: "The way it is done in Python"?