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Comment: Re:Plant? (Score 1) 380

by ahabswhale (#49755535) Attached to: How Java Changed Programming Forever

It can be used for just about anything but it's painful to write. Fortunately, there's a plethora of other JVM languages that are a lot more interesting and can still leverage Java libraries when needed. That's huge. Most of the work I do now is in Groovy, which is significantly more fun and far more productive to work with.

Comment: Re:Around the block (Score 1) 429

by ahabswhale (#49659155) Attached to: Why Companies Should Hire Older Developers

While Java as a language isn't particularly interesting (in fact, it kinda sucks), Java did bring real good to the world:

1) Open source was non-existant prior to Java. It was the Java community that made open source a real thing.
2) Real cross platform development. It's not just a neat idea that doesn't work in the real world. It's very real and it actually works.
3) While Java didn't invent the concept of a virtual machine, it popularized it and showed the power of the virtual machine, for example, that you can run many languages on the same VM and those languages can interact easily with libraries written in other languages. This allows other languages which would have a near zero chance of ever gaining adoption of having a real chance (e.g. groovy (which is significantly nicer than Java in pretty much every way), scala, and to a much lesser extent, clojure).

But I'm an older developer, so what do I know.

Comment: Re:Is this Google's fault? (Score 1) 434

by ahabswhale (#49626197) Attached to: Google Can't Ignore the Android Update Problem Any Longer

A 100MB from a 16GB iPad made your daughter have to offload MANY apps? rofl

Nice try, apologist. I don't see why your hatred of Apple means you have to be an apologist for Google. Google fucked up and they aren't dealing with it. Oh, and my phone runs on Android...namely, 5.0, which is a buggy piece of shit. I realize that 5.1 fixes most of that but it could takes months before I get an update, and this is on Samsung's last flagship phone -- not some piece of shit $100 phone.

Comment: Re:IPhones (Score 4, Interesting) 484

by ahabswhale (#49552771) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Are the Most Stable Smartphones These Days?

If you think it's any better with Android, you'd be sorely mistaken. After installing Lolipop on my SGS5, it's performance went to complete shit and the battery life is abysmal (even with a brand new battery). I was able to fix the performance problem by doing things no user should have to do but I'm still working on the battery issue. And my experience is hardly anecdotal. Do some googling and you will find this is happening to A LOT of people.

Comment: Re:About time. (Score 1) 407

I might agree with you if there were some kind of program to retrain people in other fields by paying for vocational schools but there isn't. When you're out of work, especially for extend periods of time, you don't have money to spend on school. Essentially you doom people to minimum wage jobs or extending their dependency on the government dole by paying for more unemployment or even welfare and food stamps. We don't currently have a programs in place to get people back on their feet so that they can be self sufficient. Fix that and I'm with you. Until then what you're saying is simply idealistic bullshit.

Innovation is hard to schedule. -- Dan Fylstra