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May
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Apr
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answered Why can we not insert into files without the additional writes? (I neither mean append, nor over-write)
Apr
28
comment Is it considered 'reasonable' to implement a major part of a program largely by subclassing a library class?
I would base it off of the Netbeans platform, since they already have that problem solved. From netbeans.org/features/platform/index.html - "Building a desktop application on top of the NetBeans Platform can save years of development time."
Mar
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awarded  Nice Answer
Mar
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comment Does Refactoring towards Looser Coupling, Smaller Functions, and Separate Classes affect System Performance? (and Should I Care)
@Dennis I can say that writing ASM code (directly, not compiled) for Windows goes along the lines of "mov, mov, invoke, mov, mov, invoke". With invoke being a macro that does a call wrapped by pushes/pops... Occasionally you'll do function calls in your own code but it's dwarfed by all the OS calls.
Jan
20
comment Is virtual machine image a good protection for source code?
Unless the disk image is encrypted in some way, I can easily mount a virtual disk image to another running VM, then peruse the contents at will.
Jan
14
comment Is there already a commonly known name for the 'ensure pattern'?
I've seen it used and called "ensure" in code before.
Jan
14
comment Is Assembly still relevant?
I've got a small installer that I support now that's in assembly. It was as easy to write in assembly (with Windows API) as anything else, so why not? I've also got a credit card swiper interface written in assembly. Started in high level languages, but had so many difficulties getting it to work that I rewrote in assembly to get better control of all the bits flowing...
Sep
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awarded  Yearling
Aug
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comment Java - Why do we call an array a “vector”?
Deprecated is what java.util.Vector is. :-)
May
28
answered Should I bother to develop for JavaScript disabled?
May
23
comment How to decide between using an existing eCommerce solution and building your own?
Good point, this is another issue with the off the shelf ones I looked at. Multiple facility/business/pricing combinations are one thing that none of them really seem to handle very well.
May
23
comment How to decide between using an existing eCommerce solution and building your own?
The one thing that the common off the shelf ones seem to fall short on are custom configurators. If you've got a highly customized product that you're selling, make sure the platform can handle your requirements!
May
20
comment Why isn't Java used for modern web application development?
A lot of hatred towards JSF2 form @CraigRinger in these comments. :-) What is it about it that irks you? I found it complex to start with, but once I got going, I love it. Of course, I was using Spring before that, so anything else is going to look like an improvement... :-)
May
2
comment How does a programmer used to static languages cope with lack of Javascript tooling
I feel your pain. Dropping down into javascript is the web version of dropping down into assembly language on the client side. It can certainly be fun, but the toolsets are weak and productivity definitely drops with all the extra work you have to do. That's life in programming though. Not everything gets to be done at the highest level of abstraction. :-)
May
2
comment how safe/sane is it to use git for deployment on my webapp production server?
The update security isn't what I was warned about. The issue was with having the version control files on a box that can be accessed from the Internet. Something about being able to glean details from it that can be used to form an attack on either the exposed system and/or the dev computers? I really wish I could find the details again. I didn't keep track of them, I just walked away with the knowledge that there's no safe way (at that time, about a year ago) to allow version control deployment to servers exposed to the open Internet. :-)
May
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comment how safe/sane is it to use git for deployment on my webapp production server?
I'm surprised that's something that hosting sites would do. I've always been told (by security minded folk) that it's a disastrous security hole and should never be done. :-)
May
1
comment Is JSF really ready to deliver high performance web applications?
I don't use JSF on highly loaded servers, but for light usage it's VERY fast, even when handling a lot of data. I've done a few custom apps for manufacturing in it and was impressed to the point where it's my primary web tool now.
May
1
comment Are you a member of a trade union?
@bit-twiddler Sounds like you've had some really bad experiences. I've worked at a number of places in my career and none of them required uncompensated overtime (or overtime at all). They've all been great to work for. I hear the high-tech sweatshop thing from sysadmins that I know, but not from any programmers. Are you in the gaming industry? I have read articles about how abusive that one particular industry is to programmers.
Apr
26
comment How to motivate team for knowledge sharing sessions
Not sure it can be done for free. Around here if you want anyone to show up for anything, it's going to require pizza. :-)