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Comment: Solaris not well supported by OSS toolchain (Score 2) 50

by Nutria (#47422125) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Dedicated Low Power Embedded Dev System Choice?

It's my understanding that "install a bunch of gnu tools" is the first thing that many Solaris sysadmins do on a new system.

Anyway, why do you need a low-power ARM system? The description heading mentions "embedded", but your description mentions irrelevant stuff like Solaris, but not the important stuff like what sort of embedded work you'll be doing: industrial control, point-of-sale, sensor monitoring, etc, etc ad nauseum.

Comment: Re:Bah humbug. (Score 1) 389

by Nutria (#47410543) Attached to: Python Bumps Off Java As Top Learning Language

a bad intermediate language

It, like COBOL, is only bad if you make it bad. (Shelly & Cashman -- may their non-existent souls burn in non-existent Hell for all eternity! -- made COBOL bad. Real experts in the language showed me how good and capable it (even the much maligned COBOL-74) the language. -85 was even better.)

Comment: Bah humbug. (Score 1) 389

by Nutria (#47409957) Attached to: Python Bumps Off Java As Top Learning Language

I like Python, but BASIC on a C-64 VM is what they should first learn.

No need to become an expert in it; maybe just 1/2 of a semester. But with line numbers analogous to memory addresses, GOTO essentially a branch, and GOSUB like subr, they'd get a better sense of what is actually happening in the "h/w", before going to a super-HLL like Python.

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