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Comment: Get up to speed on NoSQL databases and C# (Score 1) 270

by aristotle-dude (#49748721) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Career Advice For an Aging Perl Developer?
Serious, you need to gain some skill in Object oriented programming. One key skill would be understanding the ins and outs of reflection. With reflection, you can write code that can handle virtually an class type you can throw at it. I am also in my early 40's but I made sure to learn Object Oriented programming first in Visual Fox Pro and then some Java code and finally the .NET framework during my 30's.

If you need to write a series of different CSV formats with specific field names and some hardcoded values, consider using reflection to write a custom writer class that you can pass in a format map class and the data class into. The data class should have all data you want to expose stored in public properties if you are using .NET. If you are writing to XML, just create a class with a property hierarchy to match your data structure including the hierarchy and use the builtin XMLserializer. Be careful if you plan on outputting to a string first as strings are Unicode (UTF-16) whereas XML is usually UTF-8. You might have to extend the Stringwriter class with an Encoding parameter.

I hope someone finds these tips useful.

Comment: Re:Finally figured out who the Holy Ghost is (Score 1) 866

by aristotle-dude (#49684133) Attached to: Religious Affiliation Shrinking In the US

My girlfriend and I were wondering who exactly the Holy Ghost is. I mean, it's not God, and not his son Jesus, so who the fuck is it? I decided it was God's imaginary friend.

I feel sorry for you. May god have mercy on your soul. You should not blaspheme the holy spirit. I hope for your sake that you are an atheist because if you are not then you just doomed yourself.

Comment: Re:*Grabs a bowl of popcorn* (Score 1) 385

by aristotle-dude (#49500415) Attached to: Can High Intelligence Be a Burden Rather Than a Boon?

Geniuses who talk about their genius rather than their accomplishments are not really geniuses, as intelligence without application is pointless.

Then again, how could one self-assess the difference between being so smart that people can't follow what they're saying v/s being a really bad communicator who isn't really smart? Compound that with American society, in particular, where everyone's told that they're a winner even if they're not...

Are you aware that some people cannot "talk" about their accomplishments because of where they work?

Comment: Re:*Grabs a bowl of popcorn* (Score -1, Troll) 385

by aristotle-dude (#49500407) Attached to: Can High Intelligence Be a Burden Rather Than a Boon?

Well now, this should end up a wonderful thread full of angsty "geniuses" whining about how they can totally identify with the Termites because no one "gets" them.

When you point a finger at someone, you have the remainder pointing back at you. Take a long look in the mirror buddy.

Comment: Re:So (Score 3, Insightful) 193

Polyester leisure suits. Paul Williams. "Song of the South". Asbestos. Smoking. Thalidomide. As it has always been, and as it will always be.

What's wrong with Song of the South? Are you one of this lilly livered liberals who like to ignore and whitewash the past so that nobody can learn from it?

Comment: Re:Of course that Republican bitch... (Score 1, Insightful) 892

doesn't want labor t be able to negotiate higher pay. Their kind hates us and wants us to die. She is so Republican. She thinks we have no rights.

Really? She sounds more like a Democrat to me. I thought the mantra of the Democrat party was equality through mediocrity?

Comment: Dietrich Bonhoeffer died in prison for conscience (Score 1) 653

Basically some of you are saying that you would have sided with the third reich instead of someone like Bonhoeffer? He died in prison for refusing to go along with teachings that he found reprehensible. He took a stand against tyranny and paid for it with his life.

Comment: Re:Saudi Arabia, etc. (Score 1) 653

Are you aware the the law prior to the amendments made no mention of gays at all? It was basically, a right to refuse service based on your conscience. You support discrimination of people of conscience apparently. So you supported the nazis and opposed Dietrich Bonhoeffer? He died in prison for refusing to service the nazi agenda to force churches to teach pro-nazi propaganda.

Fundamentally, there may be no basis for anything.