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Comment APIs & Lua (Score 1) 641

The most important reason-feature to learn and use C is that it's the LOWEST COMMON DENOMINATOR in many other languages' attempts for interoperability. These APIs are many times written in C in order for the libraries to operate seamlessly between them. Another good reason is to improve what you can do with Lua. With C and Lua you can literally tact almost any problem, from drivers to databases. It might not be the most efficient way, but definitely you will get more bang for your time and money.

Comment Ridiculous Analogy (Score 1) 455

"Clocks may keep time, but they don't know what time it is. And strictly speaking, it is we who use them to tell time. But the same is true of Watson, the IBM supercomputer that supposedly played Jeopardy! and dominated the human competition. Watson answered no questions. It participated in no competition. It didn't do anything."

A ridiculous analogy. It's like saying the dog that fetches the wood to its master has no intelligence at all. It's the master that "fetched" the wood. AI is not pseudo-intelligence, but intelligence with restrictions. These restrictions and limitations go away day by day, year by year, as we better understand the brain and its workings.

Submission + - SPAM: What is Better Java 8 or Scala?

Sam soni writes: Very tough choice here, we know each language has its own ups and downs. But what to chose among two strong fighters is very difficult.

Scala is enjoying its 10th anniversary previous month (Jan 2014) while Java 8 just launched in March 2014.

Java as always tops the index but Scala has took attension due to its emphasis on functional programming. As Java 8 adds significant Scala features, there’s a case to be made that Scala will diminish.

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Submission + - Swift can be easily twiddled if necessary (brockerhoff.net)

Kensai7 writes: ...Swift. It really appears to be a very pragmatic language. If you look at the generated library header (in Xcode, command-doubleclick on any Swift type to see it), nearly all operators and types are defined there, in often surprising detail. In other words, few language features are hard-wired into the parser/compiler – the Swift library/runtime and the pre-LLVM optimizer are, instead, responsible for the language and its implementation details, and therefore more easily twiddled if necessary.

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