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Comment: 1 vote for objective-C (Score 5, Interesting) 112

by mwvdlee (#48481921) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Objective C Vs. Swift For a New iOS Developer?

It's better to try and fail than never try at all.

But since you have very little experience programming in any language, you're going to have to do a lot of learning and you're going to have to get a lot of help.
Objective-C has been around a lot longer; there will be more people available to help and there will be more books, tutorials and example code.
Considering there is a large and valuable legacy code base, it's going to be around for quite some time to come.

Languages aren't that difficult to switch, assuming you're familiar with the paradigm (procedural, object-oriented, functional).
API's are the hard part, but they'll be pretty similar between Objective-C and Swift.
By the time you're proficient with Objective-C, switching to Swift (if necessary) should take just a couple of months at the very worst.

Comment: Personal social media accounts (Score 3, Insightful) 60

by mwvdlee (#48466253) Attached to: Sony To Offer Partial Refunds For PS Vita

From TFA

The FTC also alleged that Deutsch LA misled consumers by asking employees to post positive tweets about the console on their personal Twitter accounts — without disclosing their connection to the ad agency or Sony.

There is no such thing as a personal twitter account.
There are only corporate twitter accounts and anonymous twitter accounts which your employer does not know about.

Comment: Re:Guffaw! So much overhaul it's FOUR better! (Score 1) 171

by mwvdlee (#48436799) Attached to: Windows Kernel Version Bumped To 10.0


It just means that kernel version numbering has been robbed of it's use by the marketing department.

Never mind that the only people who would actually care about kernel version numbers are the same kind of people who actually need it to have some significance. All this "10.0" version number will do, is for the technical community to start using more meaningful version identifiers like build numbers or dates or perhaps some other internal number that hasn't been discovered by the marketeers. It just means that the kernel version number is no longer of any value or useful meaning.

Comment: Re:Cobol is still alive and well (Score 3, Insightful) 133

by mwvdlee (#48409661) Attached to: HTML5: It's Already Everywhere, Even In Mobile

The only way COBOL might die a natural death is if the biggest companies in the world all fold, without any of their IT assets being sold at liquidation.
Given that the value of those assets is easily in the hundreds of millions of dollars for large companies, it's a bit unlikely.
COBOL will out live anybody reading (or writing) this comment.

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