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Feb
22
comment Learning to program in C (coming from Python)
I'm to late to add an answer, but there's this online C for Python Programs booklet. Also, the makers of "Learn programming the hard way" are making a book called "Learn C the Hard Way", which is aimed at people who already know a bit of python or similar.
Feb
10
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Feb
9
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Sep
12
comment Herding your users to your bugtracker
This answer isn't entirely true. As discussed at programmers.stackexchange.com/questions/191961/…, at least in the context of open source development, a bug tracker can be quite beneficial for users: it acts as a support knowledge database of known issues, and can provide workarounds, if they exist. It lets the user assess how quickly their issue is being addressed, helping them decide whether to move to a different solution. It also helps potential contributors how the team operates and where help is needed.
Mar
30
comment Why do some big projects, like Git and Debian, only use a mailing list and not an issue tracker?
@gnat: A major part of that linked answer being so great is the "if it's easy for you, you can enter that sort of thing right there" part. That is key to many open source projects, as there is no funding for phone support. A mailing list is a turn-off for me as a bug-reporting user, as I don't want to have to sign up for responses. With a bug tracker, I can see that the issue I have is in the system, and can come back and search for it later, and see if it's been updated. This is difficult with a mailing list, unless there is a really good web-based list tracker, which often isn't the case.
Mar
30
comment Why do some big projects, like Git and Debian, only use a mailing list and not an issue tracker?
@RossPatterson I was thinking that. But it seems unlikely that it's older than the web, considering it contains a bunch of URLs...
Mar
30
comment Why do some big projects, like Git and Debian, only use a mailing list and not an issue tracker?
@CedricMartin: I know, I agree. Mailing list bug tracking clearly works adequately for some teams, but it still seems less easy than a bug tracker, to me. I've been thinking though, that for the core project developers, the difference may seem very small: they follow nearly everything that's going on anyway. But for new-comers, a mailing list is nearly impossible to grok, so no simple overview of project fitness can be had. A bug tracker lets new users/devs quickly figure out how a project is moving, and get an idea of which kind of improvements are considered important by the core team.
Mar
27
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Mar
27
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Mar
26
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Mar
26
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Mar
26
comment Why do some big projects, like Git and Debian, only use a mailing list and not an issue tracker?
Hrm, well I was under the impression that there were more... Debian uses a mail based system, albeit more complex than a mailing list. Ok, but the main point is 'what are the advantages of using a mailing list over a bug tracker?' Unless the answer is "there aren't any, git developers are just luddites".
Mar
26
comment Why do some big projects, like Git and Debian, only use a mailing list and not an issue tracker?
@ShivanDragon: err... git-scm.com/community
Mar
26
comment Why do some big projects, like Git and Debian, only use a mailing list and not an issue tracker?
Ok, but the linux kernel now has a bug tracker: bugzilla.kernel.org. Clearly that's not such a large barrier.
Mar
26
asked Why do some big projects, like Git and Debian, only use a mailing list and not an issue tracker?
Feb
16
comment What are the best tactics for practicing touch typing?
"been dubbed" seems like weasel words to me. Citation?
Feb
10
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Nov
21
comment Is there an excuse for short variable names?
@DominicCronin: a lot further than that. At least back to 1901: jeff560.tripod.com/matrices.html
Nov
17
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Nov
17
comment What does SVN do better than Git?
@WyattBarnett: Git isn't designed to make everyone feel stupid. Just CVCS users. Linus Tovald's long-winded and sometimes arrogant explanation of the road to git is quite enlightening, as long as you allow that he's actually attacking a technology, and not a group of people.