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Comment Re:TL;DR? (Score 1) 208

It depends on the job. Some jobs it's not relevant, other jobs it is. For a general purpose programmer, the more they understand the better.

Sure, a library for the common problems already exists, but if you can't provide a reasonable stab at the standard stuff yourself, then you have no chance of solving the unique problems that you may run across. Also, if you're familiar with the algorithms used for standard operations: reverse, random shuffle, sort, that kind of thing, then you will recognise when aspects of your problem already have solutions.

You may as well ague there's no point teaching kids to add and subtract by themselves because they can use a calculator.

Comment Re:Lack of protection (Score 4, Informative) 239

Something was rotten in the state of denmark.

Snowden's revelations caused a huge shakeup in the intelligence community. Such as a federal judge ruling that the NSAs blanket collection was unconstitutional. If things were right beforehand, none of this would have happened

Comment Re:Reasons things fail (Score 2) 118

Do you think the people running corporate IT programs are spending their own money ?

No, ok.. well, do you have any evidence that large government run IT programs are more prone to failure than large commercial sector IT programs ?

I think it's more a question of people are not very smart and large scale software development is hard.

Comment just f*cking stop it (Score 2) 101

How many non-news articles can you possibly print about 3d printing.

I worked for 3d systems in the 90s, it was fun and vaguely novel back then. I have been hearing about this stuff like its the next new thing for over 2 decades, and what are the fantastic advances we've had during that time.. no, don't tell me, please, seriously, don't. We don't get 5 articles a week about virtual reality, or jetpacks, or flying cars,

Comment Re:Hate in 3, 2, 1... (Score 5, Funny) 128

> I've literally never heard anyone make anything that works using Node

I made a good chunk of the backend of http://www.manything.com/ using node, and it all works .. supporting 100,000 s of customers perpetually streaming stuff to a bunch of servers.

Having said that.. Christ on a bike, I would not use that technology again: it's the most snake pit infested dangerzone I've ever encountered. Writing multiprocess c++ code for transputers with no tool support back in the early 90s was a fucking breeze compared to the extraordinary clusterfuck that is node. Node with javascript/coffeescript on the server gives you new and interesting ways to shoot yourself in the foot and then helps you wipe off the wound with a nice bloody rag you were donated from a leper who died of ebola. It's an exciting environment to be sure, but I'm done with that.

Comment Re:NodeJS (Score 1) 158

I went down that route. However, I really missed being able to write code like this:

1 do this
2 do that

as opposed to

do_this(function(err,res) { if (err) {something..} else { do_that(res) })

Once your backend gets complicated, may the lord help you.

If you backend is simple, it doesn't matter what language you use.

There is a far superior language you can use on both ends: scala - scala.js is really nice

Comment the article is bullshit (Score 1) 425

And the reason it's bullshit is that it starts from the premise that if you could measure programming ability somehow, its curve would look like the normal distribution.

Programming ability is exactly the kind of thing that does not fall in a normal distribution. It's not even close to a normal distribution. It's more like wealth distribution, there is no meaningful average.

Comment Re:Ok, I am naive, but... (Score 1) 320

Sure, I know. Few things are truly novel and one has to be able to do all of it, including the grunt work. It's just that there's no point doing something original when its faster to copy, so one copies up to the point where either nobody has done it before or its just easier to reinvent it oneself than find and incorporate somebody else's solution I just took that attitude a little earlier than I was supposed to. I wasn't trying to be clever, I just wasn't ready to start working hard at the time.

Comment Re:type of assignment (Score 1) 320

Do you mean, the repeated code, or the cool professor is as likely as winning the lottery ? Either way, its more common than that.

Same thing happened to me in college, except I didnt even discuss the assignment with him. It was a lisp project and we both decided to do it as purely as possible (which at the time meant no assignments - what today would be called functional style). The end result was about 150 lines of lisp (equivalent to maybe 2k lines of C). Our code was identical except for some identifier names.

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