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Comment Re:Dumb (Score 1) 140

Functional programming languages like Lisp predate procedural languages and are arguably more efficient, more productive and produce software that is easier to maintain. The reason we use procedural languages is only that they are easier to learn to program. 5GL constraint-based programming seems so special-purpose as to be useless in a general-purpose programming environment. It is in the same class as ExCape - solving the tiny part of problem that doesn't need to be solved, instead of the 90% that is not amenable to its methods. How does it deal with graphics, hardware interface, error recovery, zero-downtime update, remote backup? yeah. Good luck. (Note - all easy in CL). Prolog is the most mature and complete but still not gaining much traction.

Comment Re:Dumb (Score 5, Insightful) 140

Why do people keep trying to automate coding, which I spend less than 10% of my time on? What about:

  • - Converting nebulous requests into requirements docs
  • - Convincing the "architect" who hasn't coded anything in years that your functional spec is the 21st century way to meet the requirements.
  • - Going through countless design reviews on the proper background color of the alert dialog
  • - Finding the bug in the vendor-supplied library which is 6 versions behind the current version.
  • - Updating the night before release based on the new customer requirement that your manager forgot to tell you about.

Comment Re:fuck microsoft (Score 2) 20

they should institute the pact the way it is. its good. its there for good reason. do you want russia, china, india getting american software and more imporantly tech support???

The problem is that although it is intended to make you more secure it might have the effect of making you less secure. Kind of like Norton AV.

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