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Comment: Try SilverStripe (Score 1) 263

by Wraithlyn (#49751017) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Career Advice For an Aging Perl Developer?

I've been doing Drupal for years. After working with SilverStripe on my latest project, I ... don't want to work with Drupal anymore.

SilverStripe is a real OOP/MVC framework, where your solution is defined in (easily deployable) code. And they make writing that code as easy as possible. The CMS layer is also completely separate (and optional) to the underlying framework layer.

Drupal is a frankenstein framework, with your solution defined in heavily abstracted database entities, which are a PITA to deploy. Features, Config Management (incl the D8 initiative), etc, I now view as giant workarounds to the real problem, which is: that stuff shouldn't live in the DB in the first place.

Drupal certainly has its pros... it's insanely flexible and modular, has proven scalability, 10s of thousands of free modules for anything you can think of, millions of sites out there (huge community, easy to find answers about anything). But dear god am I sick of wrestling with configuration GUIs and worrying about how to get the results of that up to production.

Comment: Re:Good movie? (Score 1) 774

That's a bit like saying the climatic chase of The Road Warrior (with Max driving the big tanker) has no plot.

Of course it has plot. They're not just driving for no reason, there are stakes that you care about.

Fury Road is masterful visual storytelling at its finest, if you ask me. An opera of dust and chaos. "The reason movies were invented" as one reviewer put it, and I couldn't agree more.

Comment: Re:Of course, there's this (Score 1) 176

That's some pretty outdated FUD. Solar is already competitive (WITHOUT subsidies) in many markets, and that will continue to grow. From an article on the same site:

In many U.S. states, the cost to purchase solar power is on par with traditionally generated power. Even before adding in government subsidies such as tax credits, solar is currently competitive in more than 14 U.S. states, Deutsche [Bank] stated.

By the end of next year, about 47 states (including Washington DC) will be at grid parity, Deutsche predicted.

Source: http://www.computerworld.com/a...

Comment: Re:Of course, there's this (Score 1) 176

Rubbish. Solar is already competitive (WITHOUT subsidies) in many markets, and that will only continue to grow. People who say otherwise have outdated information, or an agenda.

Check out this article, linked from the sidebar of the original article:

In many U.S. states, the cost to purchase solar power is on par with traditionally generated power. Even before adding in government subsidies such as tax credits, solar is currently competitive in more than 14 U.S. states, Deutsche [Bank] stated.

By the end of next year, about 47 states (including Washington DC) will be at grid parity, Deutsche predicted.

Comment: Re:easy (Score 4, Informative) 61

by Wraithlyn (#49324139) Attached to: First Prototype of a Working Tricorder Unveiled At SXSW

The contest requirements are very specific on the device's testing capabilities, here they are:

The Core Set (Qualifying requires 5/13, Final Round requires all 13):
1. Anemia
2. Urinary tract infection, lower
3. Diabetes
4. Atrial fibrillation
5. Stroke
6. Sleep apnea, obstructive
7. Tuberculosis
8. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
9. Pneumonia
10. Otitis ("ear infection")
11. Leukocytosis
12. Hepatitis A
13. Absence of Core Conditions

The Elective Set (Qualifying requires 1, Final Round requires 3):
1. Pertussis (Whooping Cough)
2. Hypertension
3. Mononucleosis
4. Allergens (airborne)
5. Hypothyroidism/hyperthyroidism
6. Food-borne illness
7. Shingles
8. Melanoma
9. Strep throat
10. Cholesterol Screen
11. HIV Screen
12. Osteoporosis

The Vital Signs Set (Qualifying requires 3, Final Round requires all 5):
1. Blood pressure
2. Electrocardiography (heart rate/variability)
3. Body temperature
4. Respiratory rate
5. Oxygen Saturation

Comment: Pity Slashdot doesn't have any good devs anymore.. (Score 1) 154

Anybody else enjoying the 100,000px wide horizontal scroll bar on Slashdot now?

Some genius put text-indent: 99999px on the Prefs link. Any junior developer that knows how to test their work (or use Google for that matter) knows you need to use a negative text-indent to avoid a scrollbar when hiding text like that.

Maybe they should hire some electrical engineers.

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