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Just another nobody out in the world, banging out some code from time to time...


Oct
9
comment Choosing a Programming Language Systematically
By Lisp, you mean ClojureScript of course. :-)
Sep
5
comment What licenses are compatible with MASM32's license requirements?
From what I read, Microsoft made MASM itself freely available under a EULA that brings about the "MS-only operating system" requirement. The rest of "MASM32" is an SDK that Hutch developed himself and packaged with MASM in accordance with the MS EULA.
Sep
5
comment What licenses are compatible with MASM32's license requirements?
The restrictions do make it awkward since I'd hoped to share my source code freely, but in today's world that's not safe without a license unfortunately. Alternate environments are available (JWASM, etc.), but MASM32 really is the cleanest set of tools IMO. Oh well, I guess I'll have to decide between MASM32 and being able to share my code.
Jun
20
comment I'm doing 90% maintenance and 10% development, is this normal?
For all those telling you to put in your 2 weeks notice and get out of there, well, I'd say to not be that aggressive. I've got numerous programmer and IT friends that can't even get back into the industry right now. They'd kill (probably not literally, but I dunno, some have been out of work for a couple years now) for even cashier level pay at this point. Don't leave one job until you've got the next one in the bag.
May
9
comment Single programmer working on a project from different computers: is Dropbox a good solution?
+1 for the remote desktop solution. That's the route I've taken and it's working out great. I have a VM in the cloud with all my stuff on it and I just connect to it from wherever I happen to be and whatever device happens to be available. As long as I've got 1 Mib/s of bandwidth available the experience is fine.
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
5
comment Does Refactoring towards Looser Coupling and Smaller Functions affect Speed of Code? (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...
Aug
8
comment Java - Why do we call an array a “vector”?
Deprecated is what java.util.Vector is. :-)
Jun
4
comment Do we actually have to pay to make Windows Phone, Android, or iPhone apps?
Truth. That's the biggest problem I have trying to maintain some iOS and Android software that our company has. The emulators only get you part way there. Without actual hardware, it's really tough to develop for these platforms. And these platforms are so splintered now (even Apple's) that it costs a small fortune to get all the hardware needed for proper testing.
Jun
4
comment Do we actually have to pay to make Windows Phone, Android, or iPhone apps?
However, then hosting fees become a concern.
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
1
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.