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Comment: Java - Many Libraries To Source - Strong String .. (Score 1) 466

by WolphFang (#47241203) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Rapid Development Language To Learn Today?
Java - Many Libraries To Leverage - Strong String Support - Can be compiled to Javascript (GWT) - Strong Community ... Where I work we recently have begun transitioning from PHP/Etc to Java/GWT for both web-based (GWT) and non web-based (CLI) utilties and sundries that we use "to get it done". We have found that we spend more time creating code that works and alot less time debugging type issue, undelcared variable issues, etc and the performance gain over PHP was also a nice improvement. An additional benefit is if you add GWT to the mix you get Java->Javascript compilation combined with simplified AJAX/RPC for any thing web-based you are needing to create. The Apache Commons, XOM, JSOUP, and other 3rd party packages greatly simply stuff like XHTML processing, data extraction, format conversions, looping through files, and directories, reading files line by line, etc. And for some of our more heavy data stream processing type stuff, the built in threading stuff can give a definate peformance benefit when designed for. While it is a compiled language, the development cycle for basic "get it done" stuff is extremely rapid because the applications we are creating are not large and the language is alot more flexible than basic Bash scripting, etc. Eclipse also goes along with with automatic code completion, etc, in greatly speeding things up. The core 'Java' syntax is similar enough to core 'C' syntax that you can spend your time actually learning the higher level stuff and alot less time learning where different punctuations go. A good a quick introduction to the language would be something like: "Linda Java Essential Training" - http://www.lynda.com/Java-tuto... (Not saying this one is better than any other quick introductions...) Whichever language(s) you choose ... best of luck. -Mike

Comment: Amazing Video - Quite to the Point (Score 5, Interesting) 144

I actually found this video quite informative and too the point. He definately attacks the issue head on while "sugar coating" everything in comedic form to hold attention. His approach to getting this message out in this video might be one of the most effective ways I've seen to date.

Comment: Re:Free? (Score 1) 128

by WolphFang (#41802617) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Funding Models For a Free E-book?
Very low margin on paper copy. I sell a book via Lulu for $9.95, I get ~ $1.13 royalty per book. I sell same book via Amazon kdp for $2.99, a $7 savings, I get $1.97 royalty per book. I usually sell more copies via kindle than by paper. DRM is *optional* as an author setting for Kindle. (I have mine turned *OFF*).

Comment: Re:Make up your mind.... (Score 2) 128

by WolphFang (#41802577) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Funding Models For a Free E-book?
I currently make my Cherokee Language eBook evailable for free from my main website, and 2.99 for ebook for through any distribitors with no DRM option where possible. Haven't had people send me any nasty-grams. I get decent sales are on Amazon (for my very small, and lower income overall target audience).

Comment: Not it being freely available, but *licensing*? (Score 4, Informative) 242

Yes, I am sure it is *not* the fact that his content was free elsewhere, but more likely the weak association with the rights of the work. I have two books published in KF8 format, (http://goo.gl/DkR4T) and (http://goo.gl/r6oDN), both also available as free non-KF8 epub/pdf downloads, and Amazon sent me a query as to the RIGHTS as (using some automated system I presume) they detected that the content was available elsewhere for free. I responded appropriately, as the primary copyright holder, and my material has remained published accordingly. And for those worried about GPL, etc, content, as the author, you can specify NO DRM!

Comment: Not the first air powered car! (Score 5, Informative) 398

by WolphFang (#41132697) Attached to: Tata Intends To Sell Air-Powered Car In India
This is not an original concept! SEE: http://www.aircaraccess.com/history.htm Brief quote: For half a century the air-powered locomotive was a serious contender for the top spot in transportation because of its obvious advantages: simplicity, safety, economy, and cleanliness. Air engines were built first during a period of experimental daily use in metropolitan street transit during the 1880s and 1890s, by companies organized by inventors and air car advocates such as General Herman Haupt. In New York City a building-sized 1500 horsepower compressing station was constructed for the use of the transit locomotives that were being tested there on daily routes. Air-powered mining locomotives were manufactured routinely by steam locomotive companies. Until the 1930s and 1940s the air mule had no serious competition from electric or internal combustion engines in mining because the heat and spark made them unsafe in closed-in and gassy places. The term "air engine" disappeared from engineering textbooks between 1931 when William Lawrence Saunders died, and the end of the second world war. Gas engines had been perfected, the power of the oil industry was established, and gas was cheap.

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