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Long time developer in lots of different fields on different hardware using different languages for different reasons.

Greatly enjoying Ruby, Sequel, Nokogiri, Rails, Sinatra/Padrino, and trying to find time and opportunities to work with Python.

I have years and years of experience with Perl too, along with Java, SQL, Pascal, C, various assembly languages and interpreted BASICs.


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comment Why there is much more support for closed xls format in rails (and ruby) than to an open ods format?
Corporations, enterprises and committees are not individuals, nor do they act or think as individuals. There is a well-known herd-mentality in groups, that as someone who's been in IT for years, I can attest to. They make stupid, cattle-like decisions, preferring safety of well-known (highly advertised) solutions over packages that fit their environment better and that could save them millions of dollars. I have dealt with it time and again. The assumption people go to the best solution no matter the cost is silly.
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comment Why there is much more support for closed xls format in rails (and ruby) than to an open ods format?
No, Open Source is written to soothe the creative urge and do something for the common good. It's something we do because we want to make the world a better place. It's a way to strike out at "the man" and show them we don't need the commercial packages.
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comment Why there is much more support for closed xls format in rails (and ruby) than to an open ods format?
I think you're tilting with windmills with this question. It doesn't matter when XLSX came, because XLS was around a lot longer, well before ODS, and that's the anchoring (as in ball-and-chain) spreadsheet format that people are trying to deal with. XLS has a 16-year lead, there's 16-years worth of spreadsheets more than Open-Office had. That's a huge difference.
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comment Why there is much more support for closed xls format in rails (and ruby) than to an open ods format?
Interesting? Ha. It's enough to make us scream. Evidence? Not recent evidence in my case, but I've had requests in the past from management for very similar things. Some office drone abuses XLS, using it for everything they can think of, locking the data into a spreadsheet they can't live without, though it should never have been put there in the first place. We get called in WAY after the fact, and asked to pry it loose when someone leaves/gets invited to leave by management. There is no choice of using ODS or OS, it's a "do it now" task.
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answered Why there is much more support for closed xls format in rails (and ruby) than to an open ods format?
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comment What is ActiveRecord in Rails?
And sometimes they're buzzword parrots who don't really know what it is they're talking about, so unless you use the exact words they're looking for your words will mean nothing to them. Even if you do use the correct words, they'll still be the same since they don't know what they're asking in the first place. That's why we tag-team candidates with real developers who'll be working beside you. No BS coming from the people in the trenches.
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comment Do you own your tools?
Or, if the fancy hammer doesn't exist, as programmers we can try to find other programmers, band together, and develop a new and improved hammer to replace them all. We should call it a... "Screwdriver!" :-)
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comment Why do we have postfix increment?
"it must have mattered a lot on those 0.001GHz machines". Um, I hate to say it because it dates me, but I had Motorola and Intel manuals for my CPUs to look up the size of the instructions and how many cycles they took. Finding the smallest codes added up to being able to add one more feature to a print spooler and saving a couple cycles meant a serial port could keep up with some protocol like that newly invented MIDI. C relieved some of the nit-picking, especially as the compilers improved, but still it was important knowing what was the most efficient way to write code.
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comment Why do we have postfix increment?
+1 "some people find while (*dst++ = *src++); to simply be a more beautiful solution". Definitely. People who don't understand assembly language don't really understand how elegant C can be, but that particular code statement is a shining star.
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answered What to watch out for when writing code at an Interview?
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comment I'm a student learning C++ and I've recently found out about Ruby. Would learning (some of) Ruby help me with C++ or would it just confuse me?
I'd say that C is probably the most used, as it predated C++ by many years.