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Comment: Sure, why not? Learn to use selectors (Score 1) 125 125

It helps some times, and if you are going to become a good JavaScripter, how much of the effort is really redundant? You'll probably need to learn how to select an element with CSS selectors even if you don't use jQuery. It's clear you eventually won't need jQuery for this, but a) jQuery is a little less verbose b) learning how to use selectors is 90% of learning jQuery.

Granted, you don't need to learn how to write a jQuery plugin anymore, not that would be difficult to learn anyway. Aside from that, what is there? Using plugins: trivial. Using the jQuery's ajax stuff: trivial. Learning to use promises: you need that anyway, learning jQuery's slight differences isn't really a big deal.

Comment: You say you have to manage the memory, Yes? Maybe? (Score 1) 296 296

You say you need to manage the memory yourself, so I'm going to believe you. I believe this completely eliminates garbage collected languages from consideration*, and that's most languages these days. Aside from C/C++, I think you still have Rust, D, and assembly as contenders. You might be able to use Java with with sun.misc.Unsafe, but that is not really recommended.

Not knowing too much about these languages, I would tend to think Rust might be a good choice. People seem to like it. I believe legacy code bases are frequently a big consideration in the decision to use C++.

And as others have said, you might be able to write libraries in C++ and include them in a code base that uses a higher level language, like Python.

*Are there languages that allow garbage collection and manual memory management? Not sure. I believe the answer is no.

Comment: Note (Score 1) 175 175

Just because you decide to use Node, doesn't mean there's any particular reason, why you should have to use Mongo and Angular. You might prefer Backbone and Postgres. Granted, then you wouldn't get such a nice acronym, but it's a perfectly reasonable technology stack. Oh, and you can throw in the L from LAMP if you want, as well.

Comment: George Carlin: I don't believe anything the govern (Score 2) 286 286

George Carlin weighed in on such issues, "I don't believe anything the government tells me." https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

This is a really cute story about why they blew up some building in another country. Oh, and it's a completely unverifiable story, too. It's kind of like when Clinton blew up that pharmaceutical factory. There was never really any evidence it was producing chemical weapons. But it was a good story to tell. It sounds better than "we caused ten of thousands of Sudanese to die, in a terrorist retaliation for the embassy bombings." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A...

Comment: Dumb Slashdotters (Score 3, Insightful) 414 414

This is an article about why Java has decent staying power, not about why it is the perfect language, nor most readable language possible. The article does not say people will be using Java in 1,0000 years. But Java became popular and continues to have strong staying power for an old language. There are reasons for that, even if it isn't your cup of tea.

Comment: My musical tastes keep expanding (Score 1) 361 361

While it's true that I am less interested in chart toppers, I am always moving and finding new styles of music. More extreme metal, folk, classical, jazz, blues, rap. I have much more diverse tastes than when I was young. And I do like new music if I think it's good.

Comment: Rooting against (Score 4, Insightful) 208 208

I hope IBM bets big on Agile, and it's a complete disaster, and then no one ever has to hear about Agile ever again. Oh, and I won't have to stand around like an asshole every morning while everyone explains they worked on the same thing they worked on yesterday.

The early bird who catches the worm works for someone who comes in late and owns the worm farm. -- Travis McGee