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Sep
8
comment Should a developer know the inner workings of the computers' hardware?
@AndrewHill: When is that a hardware matter and not an algorithmic one? The question is about understanding low-level hardware behavior, not high-level algorithms.
Sep
7
revised Should a developer know the inner workings of the computers' hardware?
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Sep
4
awarded  Good Answer
Sep
1
awarded  Yearling
Aug
24
comment Why does void in C mean not void?
@Snowman: Your most recent comment is a much better description of what void is than your answer: It is, literally, the absence of type. Simple as that. And, having no type, it can have no value; so a type of pointer to void is a pointer to nothing in particular, just a location in memory.
Jul
18
comment What was Ruby used for before Rails?
@djechlin: Anything. Everything from build systems to web applications. Rails is merely a framework. Asking what it was used for before it got one of several dozen web frameworks implies it has no use without that framework, which is patently ridiculous. It was used for all of the same things that Python, PHP, Perl, and a dozen other languages were used for.
Jul
9
comment What do you think was a poor design choice in Java?
@Andrea: Unlike Java, Scala has the privilege of having a stronger type system from which weaker generics can be generated. You can always go to weaker typing, but you can't always go stronger.
Jul
8
revised Can an algorithm be patented?
new information
Jul
8
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Why use Android Fragments?
Jun
20
comment Learning computer architecture as a programmer
For the record, the books assume C or C++ (which includes Objective-C, as it's a strict superset of both), and discusses inline assembly. It doesn't get much more "high-level" than that.
May
12
comment Can C++ be used as a server-side web development language?
@PaulDraper: Does it matter? The point, and implication, is that the reason Facebook moved away from using a pure PHP infrastructure is the expense of scaling, specifically because of the execution overhead of PHP interpreters. Surely that's changed, but my point stands, unaltered.
Mar
16
awarded  Enlightened
Mar
16
awarded  Nice Answer
Mar
12
comment How do I licence my OS project, which uses other (differently-licenced) projects?
I'm only saying that it's bad form to offer legal advice without appropriate disclaimers. Getting licensing wrong can be a big deal to some very litigious folks, and the best way to avoid it is to have an attorney's assistance in verifying that the licensing is correct and valid. You and I may read the license one way, but a Court may one day read them another, despite the best efforts of the license authors. Adding the simple disclaimer "TINLA, IANAL, talk to your attorney" is a sufficient CYA.
Mar
11
comment How do I licence my OS project, which uses other (differently-licenced) projects?
But, he should probably consult an attorney anyway.
Mar
1
comment What data cannot be compressed by huffman codes?
@Carson63000: That sounds about right. 256 values with evenly distributed probabilities would require an average of at least 8 bits to represent them, and depending on how your huffman tree is built, that could mean more bits, yes.
Feb
28
answered What data cannot be compressed by huffman codes?
Jan
24
reviewed Reject suggested edit on SQL: empty string vs NULL value
Dec
5
comment What is considered best practice for printing usage / help (--help)?
@mouviciel: ... I thought it was. I guess not. C++ has a related standard stream (cin, cout, cerr, and clog), so I guess I thought stdlog was in the C standard. My bad.
Dec
5
comment What is considered best practice for printing usage / help (--help)?
But help is not necessarily desirable standard output, is it? How about stdlog?