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Comment: Re:Students + Anonimity (Score 1) 231

by Gramie2 (#49485935) Attached to: Can Online Reporting System Help Prevent Sexual Assaults On Campus?

Correct conclusion, but one point is entirely wrong. The police acted correctly, but only because there was no evidence to support her story and you can only convict people if you can prove guilt. There is no reason at all to assume that she was lying. The guy can not be found guilty, but that does not mean he is innocent.

Comment: b4i if you feel comfortable with BASIC (Score 1) 54

by Gramie2 (#49395793) Attached to: 5 Alternatives For Developing Native iOS Apps

Anywhere Software produces B4A for Android apps, B4I for iOS, and B4J for desktop Java. They all use a dialect of BASIC very similar to Visual Basic. The Android version, at least, compiles to Java bytecode and gives full access to the Android libraries, etc.

The first two are about $100 for a license and 2 years of updates, the third is completely free. There is a vibrant community, and the main developer is very active on the forums, answering many questions.

Comment: Re:Obvious? (Score 1) 274

by Gramie2 (#49282693) Attached to: Speaking a Second Language May Change How You See the World
Samuel R. Delaney wrote a book (Babel-17, won the Nebula Award in 1966) whose central idea was that humans could not understand an alien culture until they could understand its language. The protagonist, a language savant, discovered that thinking in that language dramatically changed her logical and perceptive abilities.

Comment: Re:Its very verbose (Score 1) 492

by Gramie2 (#48901447) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is Pascal Underrated?

With the modern Pascal IDEs (Delphi and Lazarus), you declare a procedure/function in the interface and press a hotkey that generates the skeleton for the implementation. It's fast and easy.

What I loved about Delphi, when I used it professionally 7 years ago, was compiling about 300,000 lines of code in under five seconds on a typical office PC. That kind of quick feedback made it easy to test things and find syntax errors.

Also built-in range checking on strings and arrays, ridiculously easy data-bound controls (at a time when even Microsoft was telling people not to use the VB ones), great set handling (as mentioned above, and I still miss it in today's languages), EXEs produced with no dependencies.

The Pascal (well, primarily Delphi) community was always very helpful, and most 3rd-party libraries came with source code.

A lot of people are complaining about "being/end", and I have to say that I prefer curly braces, but that is by no means a significant issue (especially because IDEs highlight and collapse blocks, and in fact write the "begin/end" for you).

Comment: Re:Oh my god, you're actually serious??? (Score 1) 376

by Gramie2 (#48492145) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: IT Career Path After 35?

I also started in IT when I was in my early 30s, about 15 years ago. At the age of 45, I was lucky to find a software development job at a university.Yes, the pay is significantly lower, but I rarely exceed the 35-hour workweek (2-3 times in six years). There is flexibility that allows me to be a single parent that my previous 60-100-hour weeks and insane deadlines never had. I have the respect and cooperation of my peers and superiors. I have the opportunity (not taken yet) to take six university courses (anything I like) a year.

When I interviewed for the job, they asked me the standard question, "where do you see yourself in 5 years?" Given that I'm a senior programmer, the only way up would be into management, so I replied, "doing exactly the same work, that I love, but doing it much better".

Being part of an organized workforce (I'm part of the United Steelworkers of Canada, for some bizarre reason), I have a reasonably good chance of continuing to learn and develop my skills until I decide to stop -- but I'm having too much fun to see that happening anytime soon.

Comment: Re:Ok, I am naive, but... (Score 1) 320

by Gramie2 (#48369199) Attached to: Duke: No Mercy For CS 201 Cheaters Who Don't Turn Selves In By Wednesday

I remember how delighted I was to learn data structures and algorithms, after 15 years of being a self-taught hobbyist. Tree traversal? Quicksort? Recursion? Quadtrees? I was fascinated and excited to understand how those things worked. I don't remember ever being resentful of long days and late nights. I even had to get the department head's permission to take more CS courses in one semester than they normally allowed.

Of course, I was a mature student, studying CS in my 30s after graduating in chemical engineering (where the only computer course we had was FORTRAN) and spending a decade in the workforce. So motivation was different for me.

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