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Programming

+ - Tips On Coding Style For A Software Dev Major?

Submitted by Gazzonyx
Gazzonyx (982402) writes "I'm a software development major in college and lately I've been trying to refine my coding style under various languages. It all started with a comment from someone about my use of white space, or lack thereof. I always prefer my code to be 'tight' in blocks with white space between blocks, regardless of the official convention of the language that I'm writing. I can never get my code to look great, like most geeks I have no sense of style. I can look at code and appreciate how well spaced, commented and indented it is, but I fail miserably at doing it myself.

I just don't like many of the things that are conventional. Full tabs for indentation drive me nuts. K&R brackets make me trace backwards constantly. I like GNU brackets, but I put the opening and closing brackets under the second letter of the function name and the enclosed code one more space in from the bracket to emphasize the codes scope. My comments are almost always directly above a block it corresponds to, with a single line break above it. I always figured that if it were an issue, I could just run 'pretty print' on my files, but somehow I've become really self conscience about the flow of my code.

Does anyone else use their own style (when allowed), or do you guys usually just stick to the convention of the language you're using? Any tips on keeping a coherent flow while also maintaining a decent amount of readability for others? Are 8 space tabs really necessary? Any language, it doesn't matter, I use C/C++, Java, LISP, VB(A/6/.NET)(sigh), ADA, PERL, BASH scripts, etc. I just want to make my code a little clearer and cleaner with some help from the guys who've been doing this for more years than I've been alive."
Microsoft

+ - Microsoft Shuts Down AutoPatcher 2

Submitted by Gazzonyx
Gazzonyx (982402) writes "It appears that Microsoft has demanded that AutoPatcher, a free patching solution that allows you to get patches via bittorrent, shutdown. Although AutoPatcher could be used as a way of getting around WGA authentication for patches, it was stated that they were afraid of security issues; although AutoPatcher had its own built in measures to make sure that the program would only install AutoPatcher.com's patches, which were unaltered patches from Microsoft. AutoPatcher has been providing patches for 4 years."
Programming

+ - Choosing an Enterprise Linux Server Stack

Submitted by Gazzonyx
Gazzonyx (982402) writes "I'm a complete code monkey; I end up trying every language that I can get my hands on, (yet always go back to C++ at the end of the day) and my editors of choice are vi, Eclipse and PSPad. I'm a software development major and I've invested all that I'm making this summer working into building a real server to replace my old sub-gigahertz box that holds my code repository. As far as a good, versatile, modular, software stack goes, what would you seasoned vets recommend? Should I just load up a JBoss stack? Would it be be more versatile to use an Oracle stack and play with Business Intelligence reporting tools and have a database backend tied in? Should I look into Novell's stack or IBMs Websphere stuff over at the AlphaWorks? Or would it be worth it to mix and match various stacks? What have been your experiences developing web apps with different database backends? There are so many configurations to play with and only so little time! Tell me what you love and hate about whatever product you've had to work with, and if you'd use it of your own free will, given the choice!


Side Note:
I'd like to work my lacking Java skills with a J2EE web application server; I'm also thinking about learning a bit of PHP and database programming. For kicks and giggles I've picked up a copy of Flex Builder 2 and Expressions Studio through the school for $100 each. I figure that any way I go, I can use Eclipse as a centralized environment, except for the .NET stuff, obviously. So long as I can keep building on the project as a means to play with (and break) everything from a SQL backend to a multi-language front end framework, I'll be happy!"
Windows

+ - Windows Longhorn Continues Development

Submitted by Gazzonyx
Gazzonyx (982402) writes "According to an article just posted at softpedia, a group of developers have decided to continue coding Windows Longhorn. What's more, the 'Technical Refresh' release of the M1 release is available for download as a torrent at this moment!

The developers over at Longhorn Reloaded describe the project as:

Longhorn Reloaded is a Project dedicated to the revival of the Operating System known as Code Name "Longhorn". To put the projects aims simply, we aim to finish off what Microsoft started before the operating system was canceled. It is a modification of Windows 6.0.4074, which was originally released during the 2004 Windows Hardware Engineers Conference.
The project's web site even includes the serial, to boot (no pun intended)! Microsoft hasn't yet responded to this project other than releasing a statement to the effect of, "modification and distribution of the source for the official Longhorn Beta, is against the EULA."

How can Microsoft claim any wrongdoing on the part of Linux while this project is allowed to live? Should they even care?"
Operating Systems

+ - Linux and Solaris face off

Submitted by Gazzonyx
Gazzonyx (982402) writes "Reader responses to Linux versus Solaris. This short article quotes readers from both ends of the spectrum, in regards to their opinion, about which operating system they prefer, and why.

Oliver Jones provides an even-handed summary: "I've been a stalwart Solaris x86 user for many years now — I refuse to run Linux on my hardware, when Solaris makes the penguin look decidedly second-rate." For reliability, he says: "I truly can't fault the Sun option: I consider that if Solaris is good enough for the banks, it's good enough for me."

But, he also says: "To be honest, Solaris isn't without issues — the number one I see at the moment is the user experience (especially with regard to hardware support). Sun really needs to plough some more development resources into hardware support, but we're getting there: Solaris x86 is absolutely fantastic compared to how it was in 2004, but it still has a while to go. Having the likes of Nvidia on-board is great, and hopefully the hardware support will accrete with time — as more people see the benefits of going Sun."
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