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Comment Oracle voting for Jexit? (Score 0) 115

Not trolling... but I think it is time and right thing to do.

Don't misinterpret me... I worked in a Java house for 4 years. For the life of me, I can't understand why anyone should go for Java solutions at this day and age. Perhaps, it solved some problems around the time it was introduced. Fast forward to today, I find it overly complex, largely irrelevant and struggling to keep up.

I guess Java will haunt all of us for another few decades, similar to Cobol, simply because of Android platform and many other critical software written around it, and the large pool of (barely talented) developers. Good luck!

Comment Building roof before foundation (Score 2) 145

I worked in an Agile house for 4 years.... and went to local Agile meetups regularly. Overall, my opinion about Agile is bit.. hmmm.. Fragile!

Firstly, Agile is good at getting half-baked products out of the door. Two (2) week cadences, where features to be build, demo and shipped is quite narrow... and you get time to barely test it. Yes, you can demo it is working, but it is the tip of the ice berg. How the feature interact with other features or infrastructure is the iceberg what's below the water surface.

Secondly, Agile is good at sweeping hard work under the carpet. For an example, because there is no centralised architectural thinking or planning, every developer goes wild and build their own architectures... half of them are duplicates doing similar functions (and not to forget, poorly tested). Things like database or API designs generally takes lot of planning and thought process. By design, Agile doesn't allow such lengthy ventures.

Thirdly, Agile not scalable. Agile works best for smaller website projects.. say 5-6 page dynamic websites. If you are to do a huge mission critical project involving 100+ templates, 20+ devs so on... Agile will fail half way point, and you will have to downgrade to Waterfall, and pretend you are doing Agile to your client... which method I christened as "ScrumFall" (after James Bond movie).

Overall, I promote "prototype, maturity and ship" model (I don't know there is an actual name for this). Basically, try out prototypes first.. if it works, then promote to regular development, and finally production. I see JavaScript & C++ language committees adopting a similar work cycle. Overall, they are doing pretty well IMO, with regular releases and good quality.

Comment Probably none (Score 1) 222

I have used CoreMedia CMS in my last company. It is an enterprise grade software with lot of bells and whistles. Over the years, it has become better. However, it is somewhat rigid, and not customisation friendly.. this can become a huge problem if your client is a news media outfit trying to reach social media market urgently with crazy creative ideas. Scaling comes at a huge cost, so be ready to buy/rent lots of servers. Furthermore, whole software is written in Java/Spring... which may explain the drain on resources... and if Java is your cup of tea, you may like it (Disclaimer: I hate Java with a passion). And finally, licenses are quite pricey.. so this solution will only work for giant corporations with sizable lucre under their HQ.

Then I happened to work at a hand's distance with WordPress earlier this year. Security is a major problem as many highlighted. There are other administrative issues (e.g. can't make admin accounts for tech staff to troubleshoot things). Unless you have a caching mechanism on the front, expect 10+ seconds of latency YMMV.

In my opinion, there are no one size fits all CMS in the market at this point. All comes with some "gotcha".

Comment Its all down to the language (Score 1) 515

Loved playing around with GW-BASIC in early 90s in an early 286 or so.
Then enjoyed coding in C/C++ in university years.
Recently re-discovering my passion to program with JavaScript.

I've tried many other ugly languages, like Java, Ruby, Python, and some proprietary languages came with corporate software. Naturally, they make you start hating programming in general. YMMV on this.

Comment Why I use my BlackBerry still (Score 3, Informative) 138

First and foremost, this is old news!

Former developer and operations (DevOps) guy here, worked for many financial and media outlets; now working as a consultant for remote clients in Thailand, Indonesia and Singapore. By nature of my work, I handle thousands of e-mails, hundreds of voice calls, text messages, WhatsApp, Skype etc on the go.

As for why I still use a BlackBerry:
1. Solid communication device - There is nothing like a BB when it comes to holy trinity (E-mail, voice, text). BlackBerry Hub is an unique app that aggregates all communication details into one place, haven't seen anything like it in other devices.
2. Keyboard - Do I need say more ?
3. Sturdy design - I drop it everyday, still it is working without a hitch
4. Long battery life - Easily a day, if I push, about day-and-half on a single charge
5. Stable OS - It has QNX with proper multi tasking
6. Basic useful/stable apps

I always get slagged off by colleagues, friends and pretty much everybody else for carrying a BB. Fact of the matter is, I am an old geezer with sausage fingers, suffering from early stages of rheumatoid arthritis. As a result, I can't type on touch screens like others. I am not big into social media stuff or any young & hip trends that require all these fancy apps. I am comfortable with the basic & stable apps comes with the OS.

There is nothing like writing a typo free e-mail/text (especially to a client), and ensure intended message is communicated correctly. In that respect, BB is a godsend !

Submission + - The App-ocalypse: Can Web standards make mobile apps obsolete? (arstechnica.com) 3

nerdyalien writes: There's currently a litany of problems with apps. There is the platform lock-in and the space the apps take up on the device. Updating apps is a pain that users often ignore, leaving broken or vulnerable versions in use long after they've been allegedly patched. Apps are also a lot of work for developers—it's not easy to write native apps to run on both Android and iOS, never mind considering Windows Phone and BlackBerry. What's the alternative? Well, perhaps the best answer is to go back to the future and do what we do on desktop computers: use the Web and the Web browser.

Comment Others joining this group are (Score -1, Troll) 288

control systems (excluding a few topics, most are un-applicable and highly theoretical)
behavioural science
economics (more of a snake oil)
climate science
any theoretical disciplines
and the list goes on...

Don't get me wrong.. I am a man of science. As of late, word "science" is used and abused quite badly. For me, it is always the "scientific method" that counts. Body of knowledge is always contestable, unless it has survived the test of time.

One time, someone asked me "why science can't answer XYZ?".
My answer was "Science is a methodical way of exploring the natural world, and not a corpus of answers for all questions out there".

Submission + - Tim Cook calls Apple's tax questions 'political crap' (business-standard.com)

nerdyalien writes: Apple Inc Chief Executive Tim Cook dismissed as "total political crap" the notion that the tech giant was avoiding taxes. Cook's remarks, made on CBS' 60 Minutes show, come amid a debate in the United States over corporations avoiding taxes through techniques such as so-called inversion deals, where a company redomiciles its tax base to another country. Apple holds $181.1 billion in offshore profits, more than any other US company, and would owe an estimated $59.2 billion in taxes if it tried to bring the money back to the United States, a recent study based on SEC filings showed. The current tax code was made for the industrial age, and not the "digital age," Cook said.

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