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Comment: Re:Modula-3 FTW! (Score 1) 454

by devent (#48906331) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is Pascal Underrated?

I use Java apps all the time and there is no different between native apps and Java apps. Incomplete list of Java apps that I use: VisualParadigm, Eclipse, FreeMind, ArgoUML. JEdit is quite popular, just like Netbeans.

"Java is just a pig, with its jitting, memory hogging, heavyweight thread locks, etc, etc."

Sure, whatever.

Java is one of the most popular languages, topped only by C, and sometimes ASP.NET and PHP.

Comment: Re:Problems in C++ (Score 1) 382

by devent (#48902001) Attached to: Is D an Underrated Programming Language?

I never understood the distinction between "release" and "debug" code. It's sure wonderful if on your own development machine with the few test cases you get meaningful error codes, but on the client's computer your program just crash. I'm sure the client will appreciate how fast your program crash with "release" code, only to not have the possibility to give you a meaningful error code to fix it.

Comment: Re:Problems in C++ (Score 1) 382

by devent (#48901983) Attached to: Is D an Underrated Programming Language?

No. 4 is rubbish. There is no reason why declaring a linkage interface with external code couldn't be done without code duplication. In C there is a reason to have forward declarations, to have a method to hide the interface, and hide the private code. See for example FILE. But in C++ you must declare your private methods of a class, which is total rubbish.

Comment: Re:Modula-3 FTW! (Score 0) 454

by devent (#48901417) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is Pascal Underrated?

Why do you need native compilation? Java's runtime optimization and hot spot compiler are just as good. If your argument is that you don't need the Java Runtime, any application needs libraries anyway, and who cares if it's a JRE or the Boost+STL+Network+GUI+... libraries.

The biggest advantage of lack of native compilation is that I can use any Jar library and it will work. Not like in C/C++ where you need the same compiler, the same system and the same architecture of a library as your program. Furthermore, I can run the Jar app on Windows/Linux/MacOS.

Comment: Flawed logic (Score 1) 172

by devent (#48837743) Attached to: The 'Radio Network of Things' Can Cut Electric Bills (Video)

First of all, devices in the private house don't suppose to be turned off and on at random. My refrigerator needs to be run 24/7, my heater needs to be run at day, my lamps need to be on by night, my computer, TV, radio, etc. needs to be on when I need it. There is no point in turning them on and off base on the price of the power. It would make sense if I could store the energy at a cheaper point in time and use it later.

Second, if everybody have that then the price will just average out and nobody will get to save any money. Or, worse, it will lead to price spikes because millions of people will turn on their electrical devices at the same time to catch the lowest power price.

The idea that a smart grid leads to lower prices is just phantasy. If you want lower prices then build nuclear power plants, invenst in new technologies, invenst in building new power plants.

Comment: Ads needs to go away (Score 0) 699

by devent (#48549871) Attached to: French Publishers Prepare Lawsuit Against Adblock Plus

This whole ads business needs to go away. Seriosly, stop trying to convince people to buy your garbage.
Create a nice web site for all your site so that people can search and compare. And for all independent publishers there are other means to get a buck.

The best book on programming for the layman is "Alice in Wonderland"; but that's because it's the best book on anything for the layman.