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Comment: Groovy and Grails (Score 1) 519

by stixn (#38573852) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Which Web Platform Would You Use?

Grails is a web application framework for Groovy, a new-ish (8 years?) language that runs in the JVM and is 99.99% compatible with java.

Grails itself borrows the good stuff from Ruby on Rails, like convention over configuration. It's a springsource project that uses other springsource resources, like Spring Security and Spring MVC. The first time your build or parse XML/Json using Groovy you will fall in love. Database access is similarly easy using GORM (Grails Object Relational Mapping) which is built on top of hibernate (but without any XML configuration).

Comment: Learn the Attacker's Mindset (Score 1) 333

by stixn (#38569234) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Writing Hardened Web Applications?
Read the Web application Hacker's Handbook. Once you can think like a malicious user you will build more secure code. Once your app is almost production ready, have it Penetration tested by a reputable security vendor like Emagined, and then remediate any identified vulnerabilities. Rinse and repeat. Never release a security critical application without due diligence.

Comment: COBOL (Score 1) 435

by stixn (#38316786) Attached to: Java Apps Have the Most Flaws, Cobol the Least

Great features for masochists to maintain horribly engineered legacy systems, including (but not limited to):

No recursion or dynamic arrays: hard coded implementations at compile time, off by one errors, limited toolset

Global comm(memory) access is the rule: ad-hoc code, debugging errors due to opverlaid memory can take days

Lack of OO Concepts: lack of abstraction, repeated code, ad-hoc code

No automated testing: unavoidable code rot, makes TDD impossible, ad-hoc code

Lack of frameworks or simple library functions: no option but to always rebuild the wheel

Horrible IDEs: Completely inaccessible (try downloading a COBOL compiler), Worse to code in than notepad, costly and eternal vendor lock in (hope you like micro focus)

COBOL Culture: Programmers are a dime a dozen, Analysts with domain knowledge and no technical ability are awesome

Programming

+ - How to sell my hobby project?

Submitted by stixn
stixn (1881538) writes "I've been doing contract work with a consulting company for about two years now. Over time I wrote a tool which automated the most boring parts of the job. I let some other consultants use it, the word got out, and now the company wants it. They sent me a contract for some feature requests, but the statement of work makes it sound like I will be giving away all rights to the program. Obviously I need to negotiate something better but I don't know how. The information I have found so far assumes a big software company vs a small business. I have a great working relationship with the company and I would be surprised if they tried anything unethical. However, they want to make it an off the shelf product and license it to their much bigger partners. Ideally I would like to get paid for continued development and retain enough ownership for 40-50% profit sharing. Would that be asking too much, or worse, not enough? What is my best move in this scenario?"

Comment: Re:I'll give it a chance (Score 1) 250

by stixn (#37356000) Attached to: Google To Introduce New Programming Language — Dart

>Would love to have something that works hand in hand between server, db, and browser in a more seamless way

I just discovered Grails two months ago and I think it does all of the above. It's built on top of spring mvc and you can use all existing java libraries/code in your code. The learning curve for learning Groovy syntax is graceful (if you know java) and follows the 'principle of least astonishment.' A couple examples...

Persisting an object to a database:
def foo = new Foo().save()

Getting an object from a database:
def foo = Foo.get(id)

And the best part: no xml config files. yay!

Comment: don't forget ADHD-PI (Score 1) 711

by stixn (#33289586) Attached to: A Million Kids Misdiagnosed with ADHD?

I don't think anyone has mentioned ADHD-PI (Predominantly Inattentive). It's like normal ADHD but trades the hyperactivity for inactivity, which means its more difficult to identify.

I tried some adderall on advice of my sister and the result has been life changing. Anyone that heard I was on ADD meds would say "well geez I wish I could concentrate better, too." I gave some adderall to one of my friends to see if it would help him concentrate and guess what? All it did was get him high. YES ADHD misdiagnosis may be rampant but ADHD-PI diagnosis is largely absent.

There is nothing so easy but that it becomes difficult when you do it reluctantly. -- Publius Terentius Afer (Terence)

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