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comment What is negative code?
@Jay: Ten years before this, programs were stored on punched cards. When you use punch cards, software has negative weight, because the cards weigh less after being punched!
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comment What is negative code?
A programmer who wrote code for the Space Shuttle's onboard computers told me that he had to account for the weight of the software! The software was real (money was paid for it); it was on the shuttle; the weight of everything loaded on the shuttle must be accounted for. First example of measuring programmer productivity by weight of code. (Zero wasn't allowed, so he specified 0.00001 gram and all was satisfactory.)
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comment Getting a coherent view of the state of the data
A lesson I take from this is that RESTful web services should allow complex queries, not just get-one-resource-at-a-time.
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comment Getting a coherent view of the state of the data
In the case where only one service is involved, this is possible by adding functionality to the service. 1 and 3 are good. 2 would lock out all other users until the first is finished. It works for rest rooms but not for high-volume web sites. In the case of multiple services, for instance checking at www.chase.com and savings at www.wachovia.com, it's a more difficult problem.
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