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Comment: Re: Hints from an over-the-hill programmer (Score 1) 387

by Tablizer (#48905617) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is Pascal Underrated?

People can usually read their own tangled mess better than other people's tangled mess because one typically knows one's own style of tangleness than others'.

Programmers tend to invent a custom short-hand that they personally like, but like actual short-hand, it may not be easy for others to figure out.

Comment: Block Styles [Re:Modula-3 FTW!] (Score 1) 387

by Tablizer (#48905521) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is Pascal Underrated?

I like the End-X style, such as VB's, because if the nesting gets messed up due to a typo, End-X carries info about which block ender went with which block starter. "End While" goes with "While", obviously, not an IF statement. Brackets lack this ability.

It also improves readability to document which kind of block is ending.

(VB is indeed inconsistent, but that's a problem with the language, not the End-X approach in general.)

Comment: Viva Jar Jar! (Score 3, Interesting) 418

by Tablizer (#48887207) Attached to: Disney Turned Down George Lucas's Star Wars Scripts

You just don't "get" Jar Jar. The Force channels power through his clumsiness. His "accidents" are guided and/or re-shaped by The Force. It's not like Scooby Doo's F-ups where shear luck catches the bad guy; Jar Jar is divinely-guided chaos.

It's mutation-based evolution cross-bred with Intelligent Design (Catholic model?) It's a contrast to The Force channeled through skill, planning, and discipline of the other characters. He's a rare character pattern in film.

Maybe he gives hope to those of us sorely lacking Jedi qualities? :-)

Comment: "These are not the plots you are looking for" (Score 2) 418

by Tablizer (#48887025) Attached to: Disney Turned Down George Lucas's Star Wars Scripts

If the Disney versions sell tickets, they will conclude they made the right choice. If they flop, then they'll probably return to Lucas's stories. As much as fans complain about Lucas's past plots, they still pay to watch. Fans like complaining; it means they are engaged and care. Talking about 100 ways to kill Jar Jar creates a common bond.

Comment: Re: No way! (Score 1) 507

by Tablizer (#48886239) Attached to: Senator Who Calls STEM Shortage a Hoax Appointed To Head Immigration

Maybe they would if it were not illegal or awkward to present it that way. Further, it's also difficult to control the make-up of your staff over the medium term: they come and go. A consulting co. will typically give quotes for an average staff make-up, not what it is at the moment. As long as it averages out to profits over the medium term, a co. will live with short-term productivity bumps and dips.

Life would be so much easier if we could just look at the source code. -- Dave Olson

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