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Comment Readability of K&R C (Score 1) 553

Just glad I don't need to read their code!

I don't see how well-written C code is so much harder to read than well-written code in Python, Java, or whatever..

27 years ago I watched my wife code C and I laughed, because she was trained in COBOL and her C looked so much like COBOL it was funny.

Now, the joke's on me. 27 years later her stuff is still easy to read & modify. There's not much other C code you can say that about, in the otherwise known as "write-only language".

(Yeah, she forgave me for laughing. She knew how the story would end.)

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Comment Whose data is it? (Score 3, Insightful) 272

but it stores its data in a way that doesn't require me to deconstruct all of my data structures into tables.

I take it this is not business-type data? Otherwise you're doing it backwards. Start with your Entity-Relationship diagrams, devolve into logical than physical data models, and THEN start programming.

I forget who said it but it's true: The data belongs to the business, not to the application. The data should be structured and stored in a way that it will still be readable years after your program has become obsolete. (Unless it's data that has a short "best before" date.)

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Comment Re:Ah Yes Evil Capitalism (Score 1) 659

Capitalism only works if everyone in power is benevolent.

Technocracy only works if everyone in power is benevolent.

Meritocracy only works if everyone in power is benevolent.

Scientology only works if everyone in power is benevolent.

Mormonism only works if everyone in power is benevolent.

Ayn Randianism only works if everyone in power is benevolent.

Your-Religion-Or-Political-Philosophy-Here-ism only works if everyone in power is benevolent.

FTFY. Now define 'benevolent'.

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Comment Re:News for nerds. (Score 1) 763

I'm still trying to figure out the "news for nerds" angle on this. I mean, okay, he mentioned a laptop, but only in passing.

If we nerds knew what to do with keys, he wouldn't have had to post this. If you know what to do with keys, please clue the real nerds in. I hate keys, and where I currently work has no cardlock system - feels like the dark ages.

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