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Comment There Are Several Old Goodies (Score 1) 219

Don't throw it away if it is a book on theory. If it's "Learn xxx in 21 days" or "xxx version y.0", burn it with fire!

Historical texts such as Gosling's "Hot Java"? ~1995 are invaluable in learning the original motivations for the language; they will most likely be lost in the mists of time!

Classics like K&R C are invaluable and still useful today, and I've used them recently on ancient systems that don't have man pages.

I passed 3rd year transistor theory only by visiting an old book sale and buying a textbook from the 60s that explained the bits that the dodgey lecturer "forgot about". Transistors don't change. The bindings were so cracked I had to drill the book's pages and sew them together...

Books on design patterns are also still useful even if they are old e.g. Meyer's "Effective C++".

Comment Not Suitable For iPhone (Score 1) 284

Am I missing the point somehow? I've installed the browser and attempted to go to two sites: http://www.smh.com.au/ and http://slashdot.org/

Neither of those worked as I expected... it gave me the non-mobile version of the website which is _useless_ on a screen the size of iPhone's.

I don't see the point of this browser. Perhaps it's only suitable for iPad...

Comment Re:Basically, they want to kill their dev base. (Score 1) 711

If I don't already know it, it just isn't worth knowing.

It seems that your experience is limited to flash and c-hash, whatever that is. Obj-C has only been around since 1983... C has only been around since the mid-70s... C++ since the mid-80s... Apparently lots of real developers use those obscure tools too: http://developers.slashdot.org/story/10/04/06/2354221/C-Programming-Language-Back-At-Number-1

Comment Re:Apple's hindering itself (Score 2, Insightful) 711

I'm an ex C++ developer, who has worked in Javaland for the last 5 years, or J2EE or whatever the fuck they call it now. I don't see any benefit from GC apart from barely educated Javaschool (http://www.joelonsoftware.com/articles/ThePerilsofJavaSchools.html) graduates writing bloated, slow and misguided code, resulting from their complete misunderstanding of the JVM and basic memory allocation.

I'll take boost's shared_ptr and OBJ-C's autorelease any day.

Comment Re:Thank You USA (Score 2, Insightful) 169

...except that they haven't done anything at all. There are just a few mumbles of 'concern' over something their voter-base is likely to disapprove of. I don't see that making a difference any-time soon.

True... we need a larger, more official push. If we get that, then the Australian government will cave as it always does e.g. FTA (Free Trade Agreement) between the USA and Australia.

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