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Nov
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answered How to deal with clients that only gives you huge flow of “how to do this”, but can't say “what and why” they need?
Oct
15
comment Adding quirks from an old system to a new system because that's what people are used to - a term for this?
Bug-compatibility.
Oct
7
comment Why was Fortran never used to develop an Operating System?
In the time period in question, operating systems were not manufacturer- or platform-independent. As such, the fact that FORTRAN varied from manufacturer to manufacturer, and from machine to machine even at the same manufacturer, is not a significant issue. Far more significant is the lack of low-level access (pointers). More to the point, at that time, it was generally believed that high-level languages could not yield the performance and security needed for an operating system.
Sep
30
answered Comparing doubles
Sep
29
comment How do I compile my software for all platforms from Ubuntu Linux 64 bit?
With great difficulty.
Sep
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Sep
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Sep
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Sep
19
comment Is my work on a developer test being taken advantage of?
What Henry Keiter said goes for me too.
Sep
16
comment Are there any empirical studies on the effect of different languages on software quality?
@Kevin, while it may be true that good engineers can produce quality software in any language, we all live and work in the real world, and there is some evidence out there that suggests that, in the real world, with typical engineers, language makes a difference.
Sep
16
comment Are there any empirical studies on the effect of different languages on software quality?
If the study indicated, and strongly supported, a result that you personally found intolerable or disgusting, what would you do?
Sep
11
comment Is it ever OK for a conditional to have side effects?
Look at the bright side. You now know one more company where you DON'T want to interview.
Sep
11
comment dealing with a very large state machine in a class
Is there any chance you can get your employer to junk the protocol specification and START OVER??? Alternatively, out of morbid curiosity, what protocol is this, and where can I find the protocol specification?
Sep
9
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Sep
8
comment Ambiguous If-else nested block in C without braces
Because this is how C is defined to work. There was (and still is) a REASON why Ada required all control structures to be fully bracketed. Ichbiah et al. KNEW that the "dangling else" problem was Bad, and they Fixed It.
Aug
31
comment Testing multi-threaded race conditions
@PeterK., this is one of those few cases in software development, along with monitors, RAM, and disk drives, where bigger IS better.
Aug
19
comment What is the ideal length of a method?
so am I. The correlation study looked at LOTS of code, and LOTS of routines. (It was one of the big public repositories.)
Aug
19
comment When do you use float and when do you use double
"Modern computers" meaning Intel x86 processors. Some of the machines the Ancients used provided perfectly adequate precision with the basic float type. (The CDC 6600 used a 60-bit word, 48 bits of normalized floating-point mantissa, 12 bits of exponent. That's ALMOST what the x86 gives you for double precision.)
Aug
19
comment What is the ideal length of a method?
Cyclomatic complexity has been shown, on large quantities of real production code, to be VERY strongly correlated with raw SLOC, making the computation of cyclomatic complexity a total waste of time, energy, and clock cycles.
Aug
19
comment What is the ideal length of a method?
It isn't so much "get off my lawn" as an observation that I have seen a LOT of crap code over the years, and it seems to be getting WORSE.