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Comment: Re:Not being PHP (Score 1) 235

by MightyMartian (#49356525) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Makes Some Code Particularly Good?

Dominance where exactly? A helluva lot of Windows development is still done in C/C++. Java still has massive penetration in the enterprise. I'll admit that .NET is a big player in the Windows world, but considering the Windows market appears to be at best static, and as a platform, compared to other computing devices (enterprise computing, mobile computing, etc.) is in absolute terms possibly even declining, I'd say .NET could hardly be described as dominant.

Comment: Re:I am not worried (Score 1, Informative) 259

by MightyMartian (#49338827) Attached to: RadioShack Puts Customer Data Up For Sale In Bankruptcy Auction

I bought lots of stuff off of RadioShack back in ye olden days. Two computers (an MC-10 and a CoCo3), several game ROMs, two printers, a one-sided floppy drive, OS/9 level 2, and dozens of doo-dads for various projects.

So yeah, if RadioShack wants to sell the fact that I bought a TP-10 thermal printer back in 1983, then go to town!

Comment: Re:Check their work or check the summary? (Score 2) 479

by Coryoth (#49336973) Attached to: No, It's Not Always Quicker To Do Things In Memory

And this is why we should not teach CS101 in Java or Python. If they'd been forced to use C this whole experiment would have turned out differently.

Not at all. If you wrote your C in memory string handling as stupidly as they wrote the Python and Java you will still get worse performance in C (e.g. each iteration malloc a new string and then strcpy and strcat into it, and free the old string; compared to buffered file writes you'll lose). It's about failing to understand how to write efficient code, not about which language you chose.

Comment: Re:I choose MS SQL Server (Score 3, Insightful) 320

by MightyMartian (#49295317) Attached to: Why I Choose PostgreSQL Over MySQL/MariaDB

There's this little matter of having to run Windows. Not very bloody useful, particularly on production servers, unless you want to a. buy a Windows Server license ($$$) and SQL Server licenses ($$$).

Whereas I can install a Linux or BSD server, throw PostgreSQL or MySQL on it and the cost is the hardware and my time. If I need to add more infrastructure, again it's my cost and my time.

APL is a write-only language. I can write programs in APL, but I can't read any of them. -- Roy Keir