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Comment: Java and demographics (Score 1) 319

by Arkan (#49085135) Attached to: Java Vs. Node.js: Epic Battle For Dev Mindshare

Ok, I've had enough. Where all those who're shunning java come from exactly? How on earth can someone still spew stupidities like "compiled java executes slowly" or "generics are stupid"? What the fuck are you doing as a living to be so out of the usual programming practices?
Next, you'll tell us that Design Patterns are bullshit and statically typed language are dead?

No, sincerely, I HAVE to know!

Just look at John Allsup, comparing oranges to apples, putting side to side Haskell, Javascript, Java and Python?! At least Java and Python are natively object-oriented... Haskell is in a totally other alley - and I personally believe that functional languages are vastly underrated - and then, boom, javascript. Seriously?

So please, just tell me what you do for a living and your past experience in programming/software architecture, because I really want to understand the background that makes you express these opinions.

Comment: A small french sample (Score 1) 809

by Arkan (#49049699) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Portion of Developers Are Bad At What They Do?

Very, very local sample: out of 5 I work with currently, I have:
* 1 with a real interest in his work, eager to learn and improve
* 3 with a "happy with what I know, afraid of anything new"
* 1 with a toxic attitude, i.e. resists any attempt at being introduced to version control systems, code reviews, unit testing and the likes

For the past 15 years, I've come across maybe 4, 5 developers really engaged in their trade, with a positive attitude and a genuine eagerness to learn new things, find the proper tool for a given problem and learn from mistakes they and others have done.
A good 20 others could have been janitor for all they cared: it's just a 8-17 job for them.

Sample is quite small, and comes mainly from french consulting firms - CGI, Sogeti, Atos, Accenture, Sopra.

Comment: Re:Makes sense to me (Score 1) 411

by Arkan (#49036129) Attached to: Your Java Code Is Mostly Fluff, New Research Finds

(...)accessor methods (which I think if we admit, do something besides just set or get a private member variable like 1% of the time, why the hell we still do this I don't know..), (...)

Lookup "encapsulation": this is why your class members can't be declared public as long as they're not final.

If you're writing a one-off code chunk, so be it: you'll be the only one to use and debug it. But you'll soon learn that a lot of "one-off" soon become "pre-release" and "sold to the customer as done, tested and readily available".

Comment: Re: New research find's water wet (Score 1) 411

by Arkan (#49036115) Attached to: Your Java Code Is Mostly Fluff, New Research Finds

And this is why C is not an appropriate language when you're developing an application where the important aspect is the result, not the amount of memory of the speed required to achieve it.

A language is a tool, and each language is a somewhat different tool. A good architect/analyst/developer knows which tool to apply to which problem, the associated "fluff" being largely nonsensical with regard to the inherent benefit of applying the right tool to the right problem.

This, my friend, is common knowledge among experienced practitioners and often fly a mile above the head of beginners which tend to have the "have a hammer, everything looks like a nail" mindset.

Comment: Responsibility starts at the very top (Score 1) 183

by Arkan (#48458569) Attached to: Cameron Accuses Internet Companies Of Giving Terrorists Safe Haven

How come Cameron, being the PM and all, not be held fully responsible for his inability to prevent UK resident to perpetrate terrorist acts on the very sole he's in charge of? After all, he's the one with intelligence services and such, stampeding the privacy of the very people that elected him. Would all this just mean that he violated fundamental rights of the British people to no avail?

Comment: Not that much intelligent adaptation (Score 1) 69

by Arkan (#47515809) Attached to: Robot With Broken Leg Learns To Walk Again In Under 2 Minutes

As far as I understood the article, everything is based on a behavioral repertoire... The only advancement of the study would be the confidence mapping of said repertoire? Wouldn't it be better to work toward the automatic creation of this repertoire by the robot itself?

Comment: The environment is key (Score 1) 466

by Arkan (#47243885) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Rapid Development Language To Learn Today?

It greatly depends on the environment in which your data processing and glue scripts runs: if it's homogenous enough to go for an installer runtime like python or ruby, then so be it.
As a matter of fact, Perl is often available, and the CPAN is a trove of readily available solutions.

This kind of scripts is typically what I'm doing on frequent occasion, and I've always found that portable shell scripting has always trumped any other solution as long as your environment is unix driven - and then for this rare cases where Windows is the platform of choice, I package a few cygwin exes and dlls with the script. I'm working on a very controlled environment though, and expecting to have access to CPAN, much less to Python or Ruby runtimes is a recipe for a great deception.

Shell scripts I say: it's a default on so many plaforms that it's worth keeping it fresh.

As for the next step, I'd say Perl because of its pervasiveness - and the fact that it's a still alive and mightily kicking language - then Python as it's quite common on Linux distributions now.

A closing word: don't dismiss a language because it feels old. If C is a bit overkill for glue and data manipulation code, shell scripting is not going away soon. IMO, the important part of doing our type of job is to know to use the pertinent tool to get a result quickly enough without compromising maintainability too much.

Comment: I'm in! (Score 1) 209

At 400$ a pop, I'd be willing to shell the cash to have access to this kind of chip/board. There's at least one direct application I'd like to try: source code analysis. The current tools are quite powerful, mind you, but I'm sure the pattern recognition capabilities of such chips should be a lot better at pinpointing ill side effects, inefficiencies, memory leaks and such.

Now, just imagine a biowolf cluster of those...

Comment: Stop it! (Score 1) 268

by Arkan (#45167077) Attached to: Has Flow-Based Programming's Time Arrived?

Stop it already! Non-programmers will never build applications, because on a programmer CAN build an application. Stop tooting your flavor-of-the-week 4GL solution and focus on providing more astute tools to programmers. The myth of a business type obtaining a proper result out of a computer without any a programmer being somewhere in the picture is NOT going to happen before we get Turing test worth IA. Period.

If only all these companies selling those products would learn a bit of computer science history before embarking into yet another flawed implementation of a 50 years old idea, and start enhancing testing, debugging, profiling, and - $Deity forbig - deployment and environment dependency manager tools, we'd be all for the better.

Damn. Do I sound as bitter as I feel?

Comment: Re:Simulate the spyware (Score 1) 212

by Arkan (#33158604) Attached to: Tech Specs Leaked For French Spyware

That's not what it's supposed to do: it's just sniff the protocols used on your computer and report them to Hadopi. If at the same time your IP is found on a tracker sharing "illicit" files and Hadopi or one of its affiliates can download a portion of the file from you, then you're in for one of the strikes.

Real Users never know what they want, but they always know when your program doesn't deliver it.