The Obligation of The Programmer

18 novembre 2014 - Fonte: http://nicolaiarocci.com
Robert C.Martin, of Clean Code fame, has something to say on the role of we programmers in today’s society. We rule the world. We don’t quite understand this yet. More importantly, the world doesn’t quite understand it yet. Our civilization doesn’t quite realize how dependent it has become on software — on us. He goes […]...

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Why Don’t More People Work As Programmers?

6 novembre 2014 - Fonte: http://nicolaiarocci.com
This originally appeared on Quora and is well worth reading. Becoming a good programmer is incredibly difficult and it doesn’t happen quickly. We can’t expect to plant some trees and have 2000-year-old redwoods grow overnight, regardless of the demand for them. via Why Don't More People Work As Programmers? – Forbes....

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Feature Overview: The Eve OpLog

6 ottobre 2014 - Fonte: http://nicolaiarocci.com
The operations log or OpLog is a new Eve feature that I’m currently developing on the oplog experimental branch. It’s supposed to help in addressing a subtle issue that we’ve been dealing with, but I believe it can also emerge as a very useful all-around tool. I am posting about it in the hope of […]...

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Ordered Dictionaries with Python 2.4-2.6

16 settembre 2014 - Fonte: http://nicolaiarocci.com
OrderedDict is a super handy data structure. An OrderedDict is a dict that remembers the order that keys were first inserted. If a new entry overwrites an existing entry, the original insertion position is left unchanged. Deleting an entry and reinserting it will move it to the end. Problem is, this stuff is only available […]...

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Taming Portable Class Libraries and .NET Framework 4

28 agosto 2014 - Fonte: http://nicolaiarocci.com
If your project is a Portable Class Library and you want it to run with the .NET Framework 4 well, you are in for a few surprises. Especially so if you are using InstallShield for building your deployment package. We’ve been going through this a few days ago and it’s been kind of  a wild ride. I thought I […]...

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Microsoft’s New Running Shoes

17 giugno 2014 - Fonte: http://nicolaiarocci.com
When Ballmer famously said, “Linux is a cancer that attaches itself in an intellectual property sense to everything it touches,” it was fair to characterize Microsoft’s approach to open source as hostile. But over time, forces within Microsoft pushed to change this attitude. Many groups inside of Microsoft continue to see the customer and business […]...

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Why doesn’t GitHub talk about their product roadmap?

26 maggio 2014 - Fonte: http://nicolaiarocci.com
Software development is mostly horseshit. We’re busy trying to build things, trying to estimate when things are done, trying to work with other humans to make sure you don’t break anything when you launch. All of these things can go horribly, horribly wrong without much malice or without much intention. It’s still very difficult. via […]...

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How to be a sane programmer

24 marzo 2014 - Fonte: http://nicolaiarocci.com
But here’s the rub. Programming, like writing, painting, and music, is chiefly a creative endeavor not a technical one. Practice with any technology or language is useful as a means of learning tools and techniques, but it will not make you a substantially better programmer. via How to be a sane programmer...

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Learn C, Then Learn Computer Science

12 febbraio 2014 - Fonte: http://nicolaiarocci.com
This is the problem with emphasizing computer science over learning to code. Without an understanding of what’s happening at a low level, my peers ran into issues [...] and had no idea what to do to debug them. This is a problem that stems from teaching people computer science but not teaching them how to […]...

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What the Heck is Happening to Windows?

12 febbraio 2014 - Fonte: http://nicolaiarocci.com
This oh so this. If you look back over the decades at the many high-level complaints that have been leveled at Windows, one in particular sticks out: Unlike Mac OS, in particular, Windows has always attempted to satisfy every possible customer need, and as such it often provides multiple ways to accomplish the same thing. […]...

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