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Comment: Re:Not-Good-Enough Syndrome (Score 1) 127

by Greyfox (#49148357) Attached to: Invented-Here Syndrome
Yeah, the quality of the open source programs that I look at is usually far superior than anything I've ever seen inside a corporation. Although... at one company I worked for, I had to audit the source code for the original AT&T C standard library. That was obviously done by people who knew what they were doing. I also recently submitted a pull request to the gnu flex maintainer on github. Flex seems to generate some pretty decent code, but the code it uses to do it is a maze of global variables. I did manage to tweak it to generate a C++ class that works for me without the #include fuckery that flex typically requires, but I don't know if the maintainer is going to actually like that change. Doesn't matter to me, I can just use my version from now on.

Comment: Re:About time... (Score 1) 127

by Greyfox (#49148297) Attached to: Invented-Here Syndrome
I'd be happy to just go into a company and write unit tests for their code, but in most cases that would require dictating huge design changes to a lot of their code. If I take over a code base, I like to start writing unit tests for new development and bug fixes (Write the test prior to fixing the bug.) Last project I worked on was an old C code base with hundreds or possibly thousands of global variables. In some cases there were multiple global variables for the same value, and they got used in different places and often had to be set to different values in order for the code to work correctly. It might not have been too bad to go through and make sure it was just passing everything it used, but it was a lot of code and it kind of all needed to be changed at the same time. Much too much of an effort for the team that was working on it.

Comment: Re:About time... (Score 4, Insightful) 127

by Greyfox (#49148259) Attached to: Invented-Here Syndrome
Or is just complex and unfamiliar. The problem with these frameworks is they work great when they work, but you only ever see them working because they've been published with the most trivial example. When you actually start trying to do things with them, you have to know implementation-level details of the framework in order to make it work for you. By the time you've invested all that time, you may as well have written something less generic that actually does what you want.

Oh and when I say they work great, I was kind of lying. I have a favorite example. A while back a developer I was working with wrote some Spring/Hibernate code to pull records in from the database and print a billing report. Soon as he handed it off to me, I thought "What happens if I throw 100000 records at this?" Well what happened is that it crashed. So I cut the number in half and it still crashed. Down around 30000 records, it started taking about half an hour and THEN crashing.

Turns out he was using the framework to pull all the records from a couple of different tables and doing the join in Java. The SQL join I wrote to test the code took a couple of minutes to run on a million records and returned the correct output. On a hundred thousand it was neighborhood of 10 seconds.

Now the Spring/Hibernate people will be quick to point out that you can edit some XML file or something and make the framework do a join for you, thus solving that problem. And that is true, if you know a fair bit about the framework. And you'd have to know a fair bit about all the other frameworks they used on that project, too. By the time you got done learning all the frameworks they were using to the level of detail where you could actually be that effective with them, you could have written the application they'd built 10 times over.

Fortunately this story has a happy ending. The team ended up deciding to run the original developer's code against the billing database several times a day so that it would never have so many records to process that it would crash, thus solving the problem once and for all!

Comment: Re:It's not just the fragmentation (Score 2) 135

by CODiNE (#49143029) Attached to: Who's Afraid of Android Fragmentation?

I don't understand why people are expected to buy more software on their phone then on their PC

But they DO! For a majority of PC users software is scary, many worry about installing *anything* as it could "break" their computer. They lack the savvy to recognize fake vendors and malware apps. Also plain software incompatibility is a huge problem for them to understand. Even if they do buy something, many cant even find where their downloads go.

Now compare this to a smartphone App Store. Your CC goes to one place, Apple or Google who they already trust more than random developers. Installs are single click, generally can't mess up th system and are easily removed if you didn't like it.

All stores are MUCH safer and comfortable for general computer users. This is WHY there are millions of apps, finally non-technical folks are empowered to try out and explore software largely without fear. It's been a huge experience for them and finally showing them the potential of computers that WE have been claiming for decades.

So yes, people most definitely do pay more for apps on their phones than their computers, and they like it that way.

Comment: Re:Interesing... (Score 4, Interesting) 376

by FooAtWFU (#49137417) Attached to: Lawmakers Seek Information On Funding For Climate Change Critics

Meanwhile in Europe where one party's politicians don't spend as much effort trying to use global warming as a bludgeon against their political enemies (and an excuse to funnel public money to their friends) popular acceptance of "climate change is a real thing to worry about" seems to be higher. How about that, hmm?

Comment: Re:Sounds good (Score 1) 586

by rock_climbing_guy (#49136623) Attached to: Republicans Back Down, FCC To Enforce Net Neutrality Rules
It sounds like I haven't reached you. Insurance companies share some of the blame, but insurance is simply one way of paying for healthcare. The insurance will always be stratospherically expensive as long as the health care that it must pay for is expensive. In a way, the insurance companies enable the charging of high prices by not pushing back harder against unscrupulous providers who charge high prices.

Comment: I'd Tell Her (Score 1) 683

I'd tell her to never apologize for who she is and never let anyone tell her she can't do something because she's a girl.

Also if you have an indoor skydiving facility near you, I'd take her to do that and spring for the video. I'd say 6-10 minutes each. You may as well keep experiencing new stuff up until you die, and it's quite memorable. Hell if I was you I'd go on a tandem skydive too. What have you got to be afraid of at this point? And maybe a hot air balloon ride, too. You'd be surprised how easy it is to find a hot air balloon pilot in a given area, and that's something you can take the entire family to do. Knock out that bucket list and make some memories for everyone!

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