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Comment: Re:another language shoved down your throat (Score 0) 405

by SQLGuru (#47411375) Attached to: Python Bumps Off Java As Top Learning Language

You laugh, but Javascript has the lowest barrier to entry of any language. It's already included on pretty much every computer built in the past 10 years (in your browser). And most modern browsers have better debugging tools than many other languages include. It's easy to find documentation and tutorials on the web (albeit, it is hard to find the answers that follow the best practices).

Comment: Re:Node.js (Score 1) 534

I'd agree for the most part. There are a lot of pretty cool front-end things going on and with Node makes your front-end and back-end language cohesive. Sure, there are plenty of other options, but there is something to be said for having guys who can transition from front to back or back to front.

Comment: Re:BSES (Score 1) 169

by SQLGuru (#47251105) Attached to: Starbucks Offers Workers 2 Years of Free College

I would presume "real" ones. There apparently is still such a huge need for software engineers that they keep bringing in H1-B candidates. If a software engineer is unemplo.....errrr working at Starbucks, they aren't trying. Even if they took a pay cut from normal software engineer wages, it's bound to be more than Starbucks barristas make.

Comment: Re:Why? (Score 1) 309

by SQLGuru (#47224357) Attached to: Google Engineer: We Need More Web Programming Languages

Not really. Its for wrapping Web apps in a container for a specific platform (in other words running "natively" outside of a browser -- technically, it's a customized browser wrapper around resources that are compiled into your code, not downloaded --- at least if you want to pass iOS certification).

That being said, the HTML application cache allows you to download a web app and store it for offline use. (http://www.html5rocks.com/en/tutorials/appcache/beginner/). You can hit a URL that uses the app cache, download the code, and then go into airplane mode and hit the same URL. The app will still work. (Obviously all data must be cached locally as well, since Web Services aren't available in airplane mode.)

Comment: Re:Why? (Score 1) 309

by SQLGuru (#47224301) Attached to: Google Engineer: We Need More Web Programming Languages

I've used the HTML5 application cache to store a web app (HTML + Javascript) and run it offline ((http://www.html5rocks.com/en/tutorials/appcache/beginner/). It works well enough if your app is small enough. This includes using libraries such as jQuery for nice animations, etc. "Deployment" is easy because it will check for updates every time the user is online, so you just push the web code like normal and the user will be able to run the updated app offline.

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