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Comment Re:Visicalc was world-changing... (Score 1) 118

It actually was a csv file with all fields surrounded by quotes. Even the numbers. That said, the contents of that file were not provided by myself but by a third party, and the file was apparently opened in Excel by my employer's customers, who were supposed to let our software read the file.

Comment Re:Visicalc was world-changing... (Score 4, Informative) 118

Yes. Don't ever let Excel touch your csv files. For example, if you open a csv file with Excel and then save it again, it will have converted cells containing (large) numeric IDs to scientific notation. Without asking. Bye, data.

Comment Re:I don't understand (Score 4, Interesting) 125

I didn't look into the details of the project, but to me it seems to like the following:

A JIT compiler is used in a virtual machine to run a function/method by compiling it from some sort of bytecode or intermediate representation to native code and then jumping to the generated code to execute it. So in this case this would be when the Common Language Runtime wants to run a CIL method for the first time: it generates LLVM intermediate representation from the CIL, then uses LLVM to compile that to native code.

So it would be: CIL --> LLVM data --> native code

This means that the CLR, and thus all code compiled for .NET, can run on all platforms that LLVM can generate native code for.

Comment Re:.NET applications on Linux? (Score 4, Informative) 253

The problem is not WinForms, but WPF. An increasing amount of applications use WPF because WinForms is considered 'deprecated' by Microsoft and people are encouraged to use WPF instead, which is the new 'hot stuff'.

Comment Re:If they were balancing the federal budget (Score 1) 825

Big business and the billionaire class has taken the difference and none of that has ended up in the workers hands. We are working longer and harder and our lives are getting worse.

"Beware, fellow plutocrats, the pitchforks are coming"

We warn the reader in advance that the proof presented here depends on a clever but highly unmotivated trick. -- Howard Anton, "Elementary Linear Algebra"