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Comment: Intermediate Programming (Score 1) 172

by porsche911 (#46935565) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Beginner To Intermediate Programming Projects?

If you are really trying to get to an "intermediate" level you could start doing simple data structures and algorithms. Learn the classic sorting routines, linked lists, etc. Once you understand those you can start seeing how they are used in large programs. Look at some of the annotated programs -- the Lion's book on Unix is a good collection of readings to see how an operating system is structured for example. Games are a great way to develop your skills but you may not have enough background yet to get very far. Read the Python source code - you may not understand all of it but you will learn how a language interpreter is put together.

Welcome to a long and twisty path as a programmer. Something new to learn every day.

Comment: No Old Programmers (Score 1) 306

by porsche911 (#46515071) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Can an Old Programmer Learn New Tricks?

Old Joke: "What do they do with Engineers when they turn 40?" A: Buy them a birthday cake then take them out to the parking lot and shoot them.

18 years of experience probably means you are either getting close to your 2nd cycle of becoming an "expert" in a technology area or you've been doing the same 2 years work 9 times in a row. Either way, it's time to get out of your current sweet spot and learning something entirely new. You need to get "leverage" with your experience. Really learn something like Agile Processes, Project Management, Finance, a critical business area, requirements management, Continuous Integration/deployment tools, DevOps, etc. Don't try to recreate the same old skills in a new programming language -- it's a dead end.

Me? I started programming 40 years ago in high school and have over 30 years industry experience. I've tried to learn something new every 18 months and have managed to survive so far.

Good luck, the next 10 years of your career can either be the best decade or the hardest depending on how flexible you are.

+ - Hackers stole information from IAEA servers->

Submitted by porsche911
porsche911 (64841) writes "A hacker group called "Parastoo" have broken into an International Atomic Energy Agency computer and released details of more than 100 IAEA experts. They are asking the experts to criticize Israel's nuclear arsenal. Original article in German here: http://www.sueddeutsche.de/politik/un-atombehoerde-hacker-brechen-in-iaea-netzwerk-ein-1.1535207

Google translation:
http://preview.tinyurl.com/c8da9sd"

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Comment: Next they'll off-shore them (Score 4, Interesting) 532

by porsche911 (#40124545) Attached to: Iran Reverse Engineers Cobra Attack Helicopter

I can see them off-shoring production to China and getting 100's a month. Their big problem is going to be training pilots fast enough.

As far as the "age" - it was a good design then and is still a good design. Upgrade the weapons to something more modern and they are going to be very dangerous on a battlefield.

Google

+ - Google-Oracle Jury ->

Submitted by porsche911
porsche911 (64841) writes ""The jury decided Google did make use of Oracle's Java interfaces, but was unable to reach a decision on whether that was protected under the so-called fair-use doctrine.

The jury did find separately that Google infringed a minimal amount of Java source code as it developed its Android mobile phone software, though the judge overseeing the case indicated Oracle would only be entitled to statutory damages as a result. ""

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+ - IBM ->

Submitted by porsche911
porsche911 (64841) writes "Cringely has a series of blogs about IBMs plans going up this week. The first one talks about plans to double Earnings per Share by moving everything but Sales off-shore (i.e., India). Some great and still very applicable quotes from the late Steve Jobs about what happens when "content" people get pushed out by "marketing" and "accounting" folks."
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