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Comment Dynamic Type Comparing [Re:Oh please] (Score 1) 103

In my opinion, dynamic languages should require, or at least encourage, one to specify what comparison type to use rather than rely on parameter (operand) analysis. The hard part is coming up with a nice syntax for such. I've had various discussion groups consider different suggestions, and found no consensus.

In the shorter term, one can roll their own functions and hope staff coders follow along. Example:

if (strCompare(a, '>', b)) {...}
if (numCompare(a, '<=', b)) {...}

Comment Re:Windows (Score 1) 213

There are actually a decent number of titles on steam, although two or three that I very much like (Skyrim and Defense Grid come to mind) are not available. But I still haven't booted back to windows since early last year on my big fat desktop. And I have a Dell Precision that's going to end up being my main machine in the near future, that only has xubuntu on it. It works remarkably well and is nowhere near as obnoxious as Windows 10.

Comment Wasting time on fiddly shit (rant) (Score 0) 148

One should be close to the customers and users to make useful office software. If most of your effort is fiddling with low-level programming and UI issues, then you are doing something wrong and wasting labor.

I used to crank out custom internal software quite quickly in the pre-web days: blam blam blam! Now it takes a 10 fucking hours to get shit like scrollbars to work right in JS libraries with lots of screwy code and dealing with browser differences. Something is fucked about the Web Stack; we are doing it wrong; billions are wasted. We are chasing fads instead of productivity. I want to make useful tools in short time, not make fucking skirts; you goddam fashion monkeys buy into this shit!

I didn't have to micromanage UI crap back then. It may be great job security, but a nuke to productivity. One of these days a standard or tool will get network UI's right and jillions of programmers will be unemployed or serving fries. The UI shit-bubble will pop. I will learn it early and replace many you goddam fashion monkeys because I'll be able to crank out and quickly fix and adjust apps again! There is a market for eye-candy, but it's not everywhere. Internal apps don't need eye-candy and the org shouldn't be fashion-taxed to get normal apps.

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