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Need to read: Interview with [create Paul Everitt] and [create Ken Manheimer] of [create Digital Creations]
Philip Greenspun: "I must admit: Retirement changes one's perspective on everything."
Q: How badly does the patent office err? A: Very much so.
"Linux -- the open source operating system which started out as a college student's hobby 10 years ago -- is rapidly becoming a force to be reckoned with in the mainframe data centers of corporate America."
Très cool: [create Jeff Kreis] released a REBOL/Command interface to Berkeley DB. Get it at www.cs.unm.edu/~whip/
Great Bruce Eckel interview: "[...] I started working with Python and was being about 10 times more productive than I've been with C++ and Java. Python challenged many of my "known facts" about object-oriented programming, and even programming in general."
"[...] Python's weak typing forced me to move to a new level of thinking, and I could eventually see a commonality between Java's interfaces, reflection, and C++'s templates: They are all ways of loosening the typing constraints imposed by the language (interfaces do more than just that, of course, which is why they are such a fundamental concept). Templates, in particular, do the same thing as Python's weak typing: You're saying, "I don't care what type you are, as long as you support the operations I'm going to perform." But in Python, you don't impose any extra mechanism to allow this; it's just the way method calls work. , whereas the mechanism of templates in C++ is so onerous that you get lost in it and you can't see what it is that templates actually achieve.
"So That's very powerful, and it's why I consider "multiple languages" a kind of design pattern—it's likely that you can solve a problem much faster using more than one language instead of arbitrarily requiring yourself to stay within a single language."
Auch Eitel Dignatz ärgert sich über so manche [create SuSE]-Eigenheit ... — "Sechzehn Jahre SunOS/Solaris, sechs Jahre Linux, null Jahre Windows. Das jedenfalls ist die Bilanz in meiner Firma. Der Gewinner steht fest: Linux, ohne Wenn und Aber. Und dennoch: Obwohl Linux sich zu einem der besten Unixe gemausert hat, die ich kenne, gibt es Entwicklungen, die Kopfschmerzen bereiten. Doch "
"$5.75 ain't much. $5.75/hour X 40 hours/week X 52 weeks/year = $11,960. that's before taxes are taken out. some people said it was disrespectful for me to take a job at mcdonalds --- i didn't need the money, and they thought that i was making fun of people that work there. the opposite is true: i gained a bucket of respect for people that bust their butt for such low pay. it's one thing to scan past stats about americans that make $12,000 per year -- or read about them in the paper. but, to actually work a tough fry-heaving, mcnugget-wielding 6-hour shift --- and get home smelling like those fries and mcnuggets -- and realize that you only made about $30 that day... that's a serious eye-opener. interpret as you see fit." [ Ø VOWE • ]
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