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Comment: Re:PHP is an ugly programming language (Score 0) 519

by ErGalvao (#38571920) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Which Web Platform Would You Use?
"An ugly programming language"? PHP syntatically follows the same style as Perl and C, so you're basically saying all three are ugly? Or maybe you're saying that only about PHP because it makes you look so cool? Seriously now, if you wanna criticize a programming language do so by using technical arguments, this is not a beauty pageant.
Businesses

+ - Developer Job Growth Slows in North America

Submitted by
narramissic
narramissic writes "New research from Evans Data Corp. finds that by 2010 North America will account for 18% of worldwide software developer jobs, down from 23% today, further documenting the trend of software development work shifting away from the U.S. It is worth noting, however, that there are still 'elements of software development,' including Ajax, that are strongest in the U.S., says John Andrews, president and chief operating officer of Evans Data."
PHP

+ - Command-line PHP? Yes, you can!

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Learn how to debug PHP code from the command line and examine the strengths of PHP as a shell scripting language unto itself. Give PHP a chance on the command-line interface, and you may find that it has become your new favorite shell-scripting tool. There's really nothing stopping you from using PHP as your Swiss Army knife for almost any given programming project."
Windows

+ - What's missing from Vista's "official apps"

Submitted by
PetManimal
PetManimal writes "Microsoft has just released a list of 800 applications it says are "officially supported" on Windows Vista. What's special about this list, however, are the programs that are not included:

Popular Windows software that is conspicuously missing from Microsoft's list includes Adobe Systems Inc.'s entire line of graphics and multimedia software, Symantec Corp.'s security products, as well as the Mozilla Foundation's open-source Firefox Web browser, Skype Ltd.'s free voice-over-IP software and the OpenOffice.org alternative to Microsoft Office
Another area in which Vista has found to be lacking is gaming, as discussed earlier on Slashdot."
GNOME

+ - The Perfect Desktop - Part 1: Fedora Core 6

Submitted by
hausmasta
hausmasta writes "With the release of Microsoft's new Windows operating system (Vista), more and more people are looking for alternatives to Windows for various reasons. This tutorial is the first of a series of articles where I will show people who are willing to switch to Linux how they can set up a Linux desktop (Fedora Core 6 in this article) that fully replaces their Windows desktop, i.e. that has all software that people need to do the things they do on their Windows desktops. The advantages are clear: you get a secure system without DRM restrictions, and the best thing is: all software comes free of charge.

http://www.howtoforge.com/the_perfect_desktop_fedo ra_core6"
Announcements

+ - Call from 'anywhere'... from anywhere!

Submitted by Butcher
Butcher (1067084) writes "Network World talks about a new service called Whooptones which lets you add backgrounds to your phone calls — backgrounds that let you create the illusion that you're somewhere else. Just think — now you can cover up your Saturday night at home reading Slashdot with a call to your friends — just activate the party background and scream into the phone "SORRY, CAN'T HANG WITH YOU TONIGHT!" That's it — you're done, they think you're cool, and you can go back to Slashdot! (I know, unrealistic example because Slashdot on a Saturday night is already cool.)

There's even more. Whooptones also lets you 'inject' sounds by pressing the buttons on your phone — sounds that you select from the library or create yourself. How about greeting the customer care rep after your 25 minutes on hold with chain gun fire.

Some other cool features: it works with any phone (cell, fixed), voice recognition for dialing contacts, click-to-call, and ability to create your own private sounds as well as publish some for others."
Education

+ - Contracts required for training dollars?

Submitted by Rev Cacher
Rev Cacher (1066854) writes "Since certifications make you more valuable, it seems reasonable that a company would want to protect their investment in your education. Does your company require that you sign an agreement to stay there for a certain period of time prior to sending you to certification classes? What is a reasonable time? Does it depend on how much is being spent on the class, such as you must stay for X months for every $1000 spent on you?"
Microsoft

Ballmer Repeats Threats Against Linux 470

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the this-can-only-end-badly dept.
daria42 writes "Steve Ballmer has reissued Microsoft's patent threat against Linux, warning open-source vendors that they must respect his company's intellectual property. In a no-nonsense presentation to New York financial analysts last week, Microsoft's chief executive said the company's partnership with Novell, which it signed in November 2006, "demonstrated clearly the value of intellectual property, even in the open-source world.""
Red Hat Software

+ - Eric S. Raymond switches from Fedora to Ubuntu

Submitted by kRemit
kRemit (666) writes "Eric S. Raymond announced that he switched from Fedora Core to Ubuntu Edgy Eft for his workstation on the Fedora dev mailing list (https://www.redhat.com/archives/fedora-devel-list /2007-February/msg01006.html), because of numerous issues ranging from dependency-hell to the "culture of Fedora" — especially the apparent decision to give up the struggle for desktop-marketshare."
Announcements

+ - Chain-mail could connect wearable gadgets

Submitted by
MattSparkes
MattSparkes writes "Microscopic chain mail has been made by US researchers, which could ultimately be used to create textiles with sensors and other electronics built in. The links are about 500 microns across, and the fabric has a similar tensile strength to nylon. It can be bent around any shape and stretches to increase its length by one-third, and readily conducts electricity. Microchip-scale electronic components could perhaps also one day be built directly into the links of the chain-mail."

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