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Oct
20
comment Is HDTV good as a programmer's monitor?
I also used to use a 42" HDTV as a monitor. The key is to not sit too close to it. I quite liked it, and it was great for playing videos. :)
Oct
19
comment Is object pooling a deprecated technique?
And I would add that it is a good idea to avoid GC whenever the objects are long-lived enough that they've moved into the older generation.
Oct
10
comment Is garbage collection necessary?
Of course mistakes in a GC language still result in bugs, such as many Java programs which continue to consume memory until they crash, because of programmers that retain live references to unneeded objects.
Oct
6
comment Are operators just “special” methods?
sizeof could be a function if the language supported type arguments. sizeof(a) would cast a to a Type object, then the sizeof function would return x.bytes. For example. Of course you are right that this cannot be done in C.
Sep
30
comment Harmful temptations in programming
@Merlyn: If you find yourself writing an instruction simulator so that you can force a context switch in just the right places, then you've probably gone way too far in your concurrency testing. :)
Sep
30
comment Why don't all companies buy developers the best hardware?
You switched from laptops to desktops? I just don't understand some people. I'd much rather have the laptop. It goes to meetings with me where I have everything at my fingertips to answer questions and make quick notes. I can easily work at home without spending time configuring two work environments. It's also a free second monitor.
Sep
30
comment Should I bother to develop for JavaScript disabled?
Be sure to consider your target audience. If your target is tech-savvy, security conscious people a much larger majority of your readers will be running NoScript. If they are like me, when they hit a site through a search link and that site offers nothing useful without javascript, I immediately hit Back and look at the next site on the list.
Sep
7
comment Can the language make us stupid?
@MattDavey: "You can write FORTRAN in any language."
Aug
30
comment Are compilers used outside of development?
@Jan: Running Gentoo Daniel was using a compiler as an end user just as a Windows end-user is using a compiler when installing .NET software which is compiled from CIL to machine code during installation.
Aug
30
comment Are compilers used outside of development?
@IronMensan: It's also possible for a .NET compiler to have slipped onto an XBox at one time or another. I believe there is a .NET game development environment, and there are .NET language compilers that can be included as modules (often used for dynamic languages to implement eval), so...
Aug
22
comment Can software licensed under GNU General Public License v3 be sold by the original author?
Read it again. If you provide the source to them with the binary your obligations are met. GPL version 2, section 3 has the text "provided that you also do one of the following:" and options a, b and c. Option a is complete machine readable source code.
Aug
22
comment When would polling for events be better than using observer pattern?
@Jojo: You could, yes, but then you are putting policy that should belong in the display into the RPM counter. Perhaps the user occasionally wants to have a highly precise RPM display.
Aug
22
comment Does writing a programming blog reduce your learning speed, compared to reading other people's blogs only?
Yes. Completely true. You never see the gaps in your own knowledge until you try to pass it on.
Aug
22
comment Can software licensed under GNU General Public License v3 be sold by the original author?
The easiest way in my opinion is to just drop the source .zip or .tgz in the doc directory of the installation. Done and you have no further commitment, ever.
Aug
22
comment Is running an executable as a child process the same as linking a library?
@phkahler: Not true about dynamic linking. Right, you mention that. But it isn't clear if David meant static or dynamic linking either.
Aug
6
comment Design flaws and dealing with humiliation from it
@Greg H: "bizzarely detached?" No, only rational. Someone trying to do a good job who makes a mistake, learns from that mistake. Replacing that person, after they have learned better, with someone else who doesn't have experience is a bad decision. They new guy may have a clean record, but only because he's never tried anything interesting.
Aug
1
comment What can multiple threads do that a single thread cannot?
@james: UI is IO. The user is a very slow input device.
Jul
18
comment Why don't all companies buy developers the best hardware?
@FarmBoy: Having to stop everything and reboot is more likely a software problem than a hardware issue. Having 8 GB of RAM might hide the problem for a longer time I guess.
Jul
6
comment Are there some types of software that cannot be developed by all major programming languages?
@whatsisname: Of course, very serious routers are programmed in VHDL. :-)
Jul
1
comment Does over-reliance on tools imply that you are lazy?
@Kristofer: Maybe it'd be better if Pete knows some electronics. While Brad only knows how to use the diagnostics computer and read off that the O2 sensor has gone bad, Pete sees that the sensor wire is a bit burned, gets out the meter to measure it and realizes that the voltage regulator has gone wonky and is burning out O2 sensors.