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Comment: Re:Fractal rant makes about six good points (Score 1) 536

Regarding your code example, you can always write it as

if ("".equals(firstName))

because you never have to worry about "" being null (and if firstName is null, the equals returns false). I used to do it the same way as you before someone pointed this out to me.

Comment: Re:You Don't (Score 1) 384

by Bucky24 (#46298607) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Do You To Tell Your Client That His "Expert" Is an Idiot?

Half of the huge threads on stories are about things that only very vaguely (if at all) have anything to do with the topic. 2 people get into an argument about something really fucking stupid like hosts files (hi APK) on an article about Fukushima, etc.

To be honest that's half the reason I even read the comments anymore. It can be quite interesting to see exactly HOW those discussions get so far off track.

Comment: Re:Use the Best Tool for the Job (Score 1) 232

by Bucky24 (#45881125) Attached to: "Clinical Trials" For Programming Languages?
I work with a large number of programmers overseas in India who only know one language. Our UI team is made up of 2 guys who understand Javascript/CSS/HTML, 2 who understand PHP/MySQL, and one that understands both (but can't actually do either very well). And while I've observed it to be a terrible handicap to them a lot of the time, and I really wish they would find a new career, that seems to be the norm over there. So I guess if you only know one language you have good prospects in India.

+ - The Patent Problem Is Bigger Than Trolls

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Bob9113 (14996) writes "Ars Technica reports the following: "Canada-based telecom Nortel went bankrupt in 2009 and sold its biggest asset--a portfolio of more than 6,000 patents covering 4G wireless innovations and a range of technologies--at an auction in 2011. Google bid for the patents, but didn't get them. Instead, they went to a group of competitors--Microsoft, Apple, RIM, Ericsson, and Sony--operating under the name "Rockstar Bidco." The companies together bid the shocking sum of $4.5 billion. This afternoon, that stockpile was finally used for what pretty much everyone suspected it would be used for--launching an all-out patent attack on Google and Android. The smartphone patent wars have been underway for a few years now, and the eight lawsuits filed in federal court today by Rockstar Consortium mean that the conflict just hit DEFCON 1.""

+ - SPAM: DropX .

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+ - Larry Page and Sergey Brin Are Lousy Coders

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theodp (442580) writes "Don't tell Business Insider's Nicholas Carlson about Santa and the Easter Bunny just yet. He's still reeling after learning that Larry Page and Sergy Brin are actually pretty lousy coders. That's according to I'm Feeling Lucky: The Confessions of Google Employee Number 59, a book about the company's startup days by Douglas Edwards. "I didn't trust Larry and Sergey as coders," Google engineering boss Craig Silverstein recalls in the book. "I had to deal with their legacy code from the Stanford days and it had a lot of problems. They're research coders: more interested in writing code that works than code that's maintainable." But don't cry for Larry and Sergey, Argentina — even if the pair won't be taking home any Top Coder prizes, they can at least take solace in their combined $50+ billion fortune. And, according to Woz, they certainly could have kicked Steve Jobs' butt in a coding contest!"

+ - Phone Calls More Dangerous Than Malware->

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dinscott (1951608) writes "During Social Engineer Capture the Flag contest, one of the most prominent and popular annual events at DEF CON 21, a pool of 10 men and 10 women, from diverse backgrounds and experience levels, tested their social engineering abilities against 10 of the biggest global corporations, including Apple, Boeing, Exxon, General Dynamics and General Electric. The complete results of the competition are in, and they don't bode well for businesses."
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+ - SPAM: 5 Practical Tips for Ruby on Rails Developers

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Jay Dee (2931271) writes "Ruby on Rails or RoR is an open source web app development framework written using Ruby programming language. It has been designed to specifically address agile development approach. It facilitates rapid web app development with re-usability of code. Ruby on Rails framework uses Model View Controller (MVC) development pattern to organize app files. This design pattern facilitates app developers to separate user interface from business logic. It also enables developers to work on separate modules of a project without affecting others work. It includes logic to make common development tasks easier. By following these conventions, programmers can avoid long configuration of files and devote more focus on the business logic."
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