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Being relatively anonymous allows me to submit the stupid questions that other people are too afraid to ask.


Mar
20
comment Is a company order to switch to a certain IDE a red flag?
@Andy Hoarding cats is easy (speak to any spinster), hearding them is another matter entirely. ;o)
Mar
20
comment Is a company order to switch to a certain IDE a red flag?
It looks like the boss has just seen the bill for 5, or so, IDE's + other tools that they wern't expecting and nipped it in the bud.
Feb
9
answered Do you Know of Any Audio Podcasts Discussing PHP Standard PHP Library (SPL)
Jan
27
revised Difference between a service class and a Helper class
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Jan
27
answered Difference between a service class and a Helper class
Jan
25
comment Why doesn't the DART language use a special character to identify variables?
I was assuming that they looked at the features of existing languages. Then, carefully considered the costs and benefits of each feature. Then, decided to either adopt it or not. I've never designed a language, but I'd probably take an approach like that. Despite the religious hatred, PHP still managed to become one of the most popular and easy-to-learn web languages. Hence, I assumed they'd looked at its features.
Jan
24
accepted Why doesn't the DART language use a special character to identify variables?
Jan
24
comment Why doesn't the DART language use a special character to identify variables?
Thanks for the answer. Just out of interest, when you switched from PHP to Java did you have to make any changes to the way you do find and replaces of variable names? Do you rely more on a specific tool? I guess with good naming conventions, my worries would be unfounded.
Jan
24
comment Why doesn't the DART language use a special character to identify variables?
@Ingo It was easier to ask here (I am habituated to this interface). But, yes. I'll probably join the group at some point soon. I've never done any heavy refactoring of Java or c/c++ but always wondered how one copes without the leading variable name marking. I find it almost essential for my sanity.
Jan
24
comment Why doesn't the DART language use a special character to identify variables?
"Not necessary". Could you expand on that? Do you mean 'not necessary' to: (a) function, (b) 'to understand', (c) 'to automatically refactor' (d) perform static analysis? etc .Does a language only have to include necessary things? I do not know much about the theory of language design. Which is why i ask the question.
Jan
24
revised Why doesn't the DART language use a special character to identify variables?
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Jan
24
asked Why doesn't the DART language use a special character to identify variables?
Jan
22
comment Difference between brittle and fragile
@DXM Thanks for the link. I see, that pattern needs to be renamed to Brittle Test. Ha, ha.
Jan
22
comment Difference between brittle and fragile
I see brittle used quite alot to describe tests. "This unit test needs improving cos its particularly brittle. Its testing unstable/wrong aspects of the test-subject.". I spose fragile is just as good a word, but I don't see it used in that context as often.
Jan
16
awarded  Necromancer
Nov
11
accepted “Dedication of the Harvard Mark I computer, 1944 August 7”- Which text is Brooks referring to and where can I find it?
Nov
11
comment “Dedication of the Harvard Mark I computer, 1944 August 7”- Which text is Brooks referring to and where can I find it?
Its a shame its subscription only. Given that it was a press release its probably not copyrighted so hopefully there will be another copy kicking about on the web. Or I'll work out if the 'wonder and delight' is worth the hassle of $x per month.
Nov
11
asked “Dedication of the Harvard Mark I computer, 1944 August 7”- Which text is Brooks referring to and where can I find it?
Oct
29
awarded  Yearling
Oct
5
accepted Why is using 'final' on a class really so bad?