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Been paid for developing for a couple decades, in addition to the assembly, Basic, and DB III I learned for the fun of it. Most of my professional career has been spent developing server systems and web applications.

Some things I have come to believe are:

  • Simplicity is hard, but oh so necessary
  • The hardest problem is understanding
  • Users are great, they keep you humble

Mar
23
comment Haskell vs Erlang for web services
@thecoshman, My appologies... After 3 years I can't even recall the contents of what used to be on the page.
Mar
11
comment How do I licence my OS project, which uses other (differently-licenced) projects?
Read the licenses in question. Both FSUnit and NancyFX provide the clauses to use the software as you see fit (including sale) provided the license for the library is preserved. The ASL has the additional proviso that if there are any grants or patents that they convey without royalties to all users of the code. The critical section is the AS IS clause which all software licenses include. I'd only consult an attorney if we are talking about GPL, MPL, or various other licenses that are not so clear cut.
Feb
28
comment How to prepare for rewriting an application's glue
I have not done one rewrite (targeted or otherwise) where there were not changes you could not account for. My experience is to expect that there will always be. If I'm ever proven wrong, then I'll finally beat my projections. The point of the estimate is to give you and your boss a rough idea of the amount of investment required before you start.
Feb
28
comment How to prepare for rewriting an application's glue
@RobertHarvey, that's not true. Check the second bullet of the second set of bullets in my answer.
Feb
28
comment How to prepare for rewriting an application's glue
Fancier estimation procedures aren't going to make you more accurate. The issue is the problems you don't know about until you start changing things. There are inherently consequences that are hidden from your initial analysis. It's when you are in the midst of the rewrite you discover these issues. Coming up with the rough estimate before your project begins, tripling your original estimate is going to be the closest bet. As you progress and find more tasks that have to be added to the list, you can refine the estimate over time.
Feb
27
comment Programs that claim they are not “multi-core” friendly
The real point is that you need to design for parallel execution, and if you don't you are constrained by your lack of design. I agree that it can be very easy to do different things in parallel, but not if it's an existing application with high user expectations. In that case it very well may need a rewrite to make it possible. Rewrites are inherently risky, but occasionally you can make a good argument for them. I've done a couple such rewrites which maximized parallel processing while preserving as much code as possible. There's a lot of hidden factors.
Jul
31
comment Why are most browsers developed in C++
Depends on which version of IE and Firefox you are comparing. Benchmarks are also only part of the picture. I've always found IE to be very slow and cumbersome to work with. Still have to support it with some apps.
Jul
31
comment Why are most browsers developed in C++
Honestly a lot of it comes down to the enemy you know vs. the enemy you don't. I doubt you'll be able to get an all Java browser to be as performant as Firefox (possibly Internet Explorer but that's a very low bar). I made my living doing Java programming for a while, and it's the last thing I would choose for making a browser. There's a lot of practicalities involved here that neither Java or C# address.
Jul
13
comment Should software engineers also act as tech support?
You want your developers to be perceived as knowledgeable--make them the second person the customer talks to. By then the customer will calm down some and behave a bit more reasonably. Now, if it's a customer you have a good relationship with and it's not the first introduction the developer has to the client, then it would be perfectly fine. First contact should be vetted through someone else first though.
Jul
1
comment Windows Permissions for Developers?
Correct. Separate machines for internet and devopment
Apr
17
comment Dealing with profanity in source code
@TRiG, My answer to the OP's question was one of understanding the context and culture of the development team. Sounds like we are getting off on a tangent.
Apr
12
comment What are some arguments AGAINST using EntityFramework?
If you use the EF XML and let the EF generate your classes for you, that is your only option. Getting EF to work with POCO can be challenging particularly if you are on a private network with no direct access to the internet.
Mar
22
comment Balancing dependency injection with public API design
@MichaelDudley, did you read the OP's question. All "assumptions" were based on the OP's provided information. For a time, the "bastard injection" as you called it, was the favored dependency injection format--particularly for systems whose compositions don't change during runtime. Setters and getters are also another form of dependency injection. I simply used examples based on what the OP provided.
Dec
13
comment Will Java catch up with C#?
It's not a dig on Mono, but not all the .NET APIs are supported directly. While they are making headway, and have come quite a long ways, there are limitations--particularly in desktop applications. Not sure how close Mono has come or if it legally can come to implementing Winforms or WPF. However, for strictly server side work, I'm pretty sure it's compatible. Haven't looked into it recently.
Nov
16
comment Is there a software development methodology that is best suited for iPhone Development?
It only makes a difference if you want to sell your app... However, if you want to have an app to sell (or approve), the basics above apply.
Jul
4
comment When is Java a good choice for web development?
@Raynos, to be clear, there are no official C APIs that allow all these things to happen without any change to the source code. However, there are a few third party APIs that allow you to do something similar. The core C language purposely stayed out of attempting to do that, and for good reason. There are things you can do in C that you could never do in Java--such as create the OS to begin with.
Jul
3
comment When is Java a good choice for web development?
@Raynos, if only that were true. Unfortunately, unless you have the same standard libraries on all platforms, that cannot hold true. The core C language is very portable, I give you that. However, anything that is OS specific (like creating a thread, opening a socket, or creating a UI element) has something in the API that cannot be ported with a simple recompile. With Java, no recompile is necessary, much less changing the code to use the new system API.
May
31
comment How Does Download Size Affect Potential Users of Your Product
Hmm. I have a 20mbit connection at home, 70MB takes about 30+ seconds for me. That's not too bad. However, if it were to take something like 5 minutes to download, and I had to leave soon, I would probably not mess with it.
May
31
comment How Does Download Size Affect Potential Users of Your Product
By all means, don't assume the target computer has full access to the internet. There are several cases where files are downloaded, vetted, and then moved to a private network. The private network has no internet, while the public network does.
May
31
comment Can CSS be considered a DSL?
I understand your point, however, I also don't trust your source. You are treating Wikipedia as if it were the Bible. Both articles are incomplete. It's almost as if it doesn't exist on wikipedia it doesn't exist. I could (but won't) go up on both of those articles and edit them to add information or change information. That doesn't necessarily make it true or more accurate. You can do the same. But how about martinfowler.com/bliki/DomainSpecificLanguage.html?