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Feb
24
comment Why are dark color schemes in editors so popular?
At least with web sites that use white text on black backgrounds, I get after-images only minutes after reading. I just can't do it. (Whereas I'm fine with black text on white background).
Aug
20
comment Is a well written documentation a good enough reason for learning a programming language?
Since you're new to Python, I would suggest you consider stopping referring to it and thinking of it as "a scripting language". It's a language. People write web sites, desktop apps, small scripts, huge libraries, embedded controllers, etc. with it. Calling it "a scripting language" seems inappropriate to me.
Aug
11
comment When thinking about dates and times - is midnight today in the past or future?
There is no confusion about AM / PM for midnight. It is always defined at AM. 12pm is noon (mid-day).
Aug
17
comment Should I take care of race conditions which almost certainly has no chance of occuring?
It's always nice when probability provides humor ("that's probably reliable enough"), and a good answer besides.
Mar
22
comment PHP, Python, C# for web and desktop applications
@jasondavis To answer this question: "If a desktop application is built with Python and some GUI library for a windows app, does the user need to install Python for the app to work?", the answer is NO. You can bundle the whole Python language ("the interpreter") with your application. But note: the .exe size will be no less than 5 MB but more likely 10-20 MB. And it still won't be compiled, so it won't run as fast as a compiled (like C or C++) program. Still, I think it's perfectly fine.
Mar
20
comment Path forward into making Python web applications
Why the vote to close?
Mar
12
comment Path forward into making Python web applications
Thanks--this is just the sort of stuff I wouldn't be able to as easily find without querying a human. And what about a (Javascript, I guess?) widget toolkit?
Mar
12
comment Path forward into making Python web applications
@CFL_Jeff I don't need to use Python; I'd just like to, since I already know it and like it.
Mar
12
comment Path forward into making Python web applications
@CFL_Jeff This might be part of my problem: what is the difference between a web application and SAAS?
Mar
5
comment Path forward into making Python web applications
@maple_shaft I hope that helps.
Nov
13
comment Programming language for simple program?
@ironcode I disagree, at least regarding wxPython. It's native. If Windows 7 looks "sleek" and "2011", then, by definition, wxPython apps look sleek and 2011.
Oct
23
comment Learning Python from Beginner to Advanced level
I don't think you provide nearly enough information to know if it is worth it to learn Python. I mean "a really good website" could mean just about anything, from Google to Youtube to Snopes.com, etc. Also, "really good software...on many mathematical and statistical techniques" could mean quite a bit, too. Such programs already exist of course. I just think your description leaves a lot of options open, so it's hard to answer it with any certainty.
Oct
13
comment How does a one-person ISV handle software patent research? What due-dilligence is required?
Generally, the tone here is quite histrionic. Patent lawsuits are certainly a serious problem and an example of simply terrible U.S. law, but getting an accurate assessment of their dangers to small developers is crucial to responding effectively.
Oct
13
comment How does a one-person ISV handle software patent research? What due-dilligence is required?
3) "In theory a patent holder is obligated to act to enforce their patents whenever they become aware of a violator lest they forfeit their right to enforce the patent. The courts have seen non-enforcement of patents as a signal to the market place that the patent is in the public domain." Nothing I've read about this issue supports this. The mere fact of the danger of submarine patents or patent war chests indicates this cannot be true. It is true of trademarks, however--but that's an entirely different issue.
Oct
13
comment How does a one-person ISV handle software patent research? What due-dilligence is required?
Based on some research, there appears to be a number of things incorrect about this answer. 1) "Specifically, forming an LLC will only protect your personal assets". Depending on the case, an LLC may not protect you, if it is merely an alter ego of a one-person ISV. 2) "force you into bankruptcy...which is what will happen". If the LLC protects your assets, it is not you who is forced into bakruptcy, but your company. And there is no guarantee that your company will be bankrupted. It all depends on what the judge awards.