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Oct
14
answered How should I go about learning a very large and complex application?
Oct
14
answered What does “programming concepts” mean?
Oct
12
comment Is hungarian notation a workaround for languages with insufficiently-expressive (i.e. Haskell-style) static typing?
It does in a language where you can define types like an xCoord and yCoord that are treated as different types even though they're both Integers. I've been spoiled though :)
Oct
12
comment What is easier to do with web applications compared to native GUI applications?
They were screwed. The authentication the .exe used is a weeks worth of Daily WTF posts :)
Oct
12
comment What is easier to do with web applications compared to native GUI applications?
I've upvoted this but a lot of what you've said doesn't make sense for most corporates where the application is only to be used in a few locations and the SOE is locked down. We deployed new builds of the application by overwriting the one master copy on a network share & the users all ran the .exe by loading it from there. In that situation using a web app doesn't make sense but a lot of corporates are doing so at great cost & little benefit as far as I can see.
Oct
12
revised Is hungarian notation a workaround for languages with insufficiently-expressive (i.e. Haskell-style) static typing?
Deleted the leading "s" from the psedudocode example because people were getting a bit mixed up by it.
Oct
12
comment Is hungarian notation a workaround for languages with insufficiently-expressive (i.e. Haskell-style) static typing?
@cHAo, No it doesn't - My point was trying to explain why people put the extra information into variable names generally. I studiously avoided mentioning any version of Hungarian notation. Maybe the example I gave in the "why search & replace doesn't work on source code" section looks to you like "Systems Hungarian" but it wasn't meant to. I've deleted the leading "s" to avoid the confusion.
Oct
12
answered How can I properly manage commits, prevent feature conflicts, and manage dependencies with a VCS?
Oct
12
comment How can I properly manage commits, prevent feature conflicts, and manage dependencies with a VCS?
In what way does Git make Mercurial obsolete? Especially in a Windows development environment. It would be better to say DVCS makes other VCS obsolete rather than chucking a petrol bomb & starting a holy war.
Oct
12
comment Is hungarian notation a workaround for languages with insufficiently-expressive (i.e. Haskell-style) static typing?
@Larry, maybe, but you couldn't get them to run on the systems I was programming in the '80s
Oct
11
answered Is hungarian notation a workaround for languages with insufficiently-expressive (i.e. Haskell-style) static typing?
Oct
11
answered “sell” coding my next project in an unfamiliar language
Oct
11
comment Is hungarian notation a workaround for languages with insufficiently-expressive (i.e. Haskell-style) static typing?
Pascal - although if you try and add an XCood and YCoord type you defined in Pascal you will just get a compiler warning IIRC
Oct
7
comment When the shell prints “TBD: create a test thread to print info from the Test object”, what does the 'TBD' stand for?
Gentler than "Let me Google that for you"
Oct
7
answered The cost of running a Windows App Server
Oct
5
comment I'm a contract developer and I think I'm about to get screwed
+1 If you built the server during the time you've not been paid for (and it seems you did) I think you probably can link the payment of your invoice to the release of the work that you've done for them since the last paycheck. Sounds like the company's going broke so look for other work. When I was in a vaguely similar situation I presented my timesheet to the Finance director & he wrote the cheque for me (helped that I sat a few seats away - one advantage of the small company).
Oct
3
comment What's a good book to help non-technical management understand software development?
Agree that they're both a bit too old and also, probably too technical for "non-technical managers"
Oct
3
comment What's a good book to help non-technical management understand software development?
+1 The Software Project Survival Guide is designed for this.
Sep
30
comment Is it legal to recreate/opensource a program that you previously coded for another company
@Clement - I have to disagree because I learn from my mistakes. I've had the opportunity to do similar systems twice in my career & the second one was much better in both cases because I had a better grasp of the problem domain when I started designing the second system.
Sep
30
answered What is the point of properties?