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Comment: Re:Obligatory (Score 1) 92 92

I'm surprised no one's posted this yet.

Actually, I've always been surprised at how reluctant many developers have been to accept regular expressions as a part of their trade. They are very useful shortcuts for string manipulation, and to Perl's credit they defined regex conventions for other languages, like Java and R, to name a couple.

Comment: Article is Hype (Score 5, Informative) 266 266

I read the article, and I'm not buying it.

I can see programmers in some small, well-understood niche markets replaced by complex applications (which require more programmers to write!) and causing some programmers to go looking elsewhere for jobs. But new technologies for computer-aided software design are not going to cause structural unemployment any time soon in the IT profession.

Some reasons include the cost of miracle software-building robots will be at a premium, which means only the biggest players would be able to afford them. And after they purchase them, they will only be able to work well within a limited number of tasks.

Comment: Re:Meh (Score 1) 185 185

I agree with the above about R. But as regards to reliability, I would prefer SAS to R, even though I hate SAS even more than R. Yes, R has lots and lots of features, good documentation, better libraries than any other out there. But sometimes I find discrepancies between R and SAS in performing the same operations, and when I test which is right SAS always seems to win. That is to say that R as an open source platform has the same problems open source platforms tend to have -- buggy code, sometimes inconsistent or barely-there documentation. Vendor-supported software like SAS does have a quality advantage.

Also, Matlab / Octave rocks when it comes to matrix manipulation. It beats R hands down in working with matrices.

Comment: The new rule is compassionate (Score 1) 566 566

I mean, please, let them do what reasonable people should be expected to do to make a life for themselves!

If you see the conditions some of the families of H1-B visa holders live in, through no fault of their own, you would agree to let spouses work if they can and are willing.

This is a question of decency, and dignity.

Gosh that takes me back... or is it forward? That's the trouble with time travel, you never can tell." -- Doctor Who, "Androids of Tara"

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