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    Re: Common Lisp: your opinion

    It was not an attempt to start any flamewars; it's just that the brackets really are fundamental as to what Lisp is, they provide what is called homoiconicity.
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    Re: Common Lisp: your opinion

    Most of the point of learning Lisp really is how it generally evolves your thinking processes about programming. It's such a great example of a nearly no-syntax language with exactly as much as is...
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    [SOLVED] Re: OOP - Object Oriented Programming

    I actually do not really believe that understanding the "low level" represented by C necessarily helps you with understanding the ideas behind OOP, although you can certainly write OOP-ish C.

    The...
  4. [SOLVED] Re: what C#.net program and DataBase programs are available on Ubuntu ?

    I would like to point out though that if you want to code for Windows, you're better off doing it using Windows. There is no real Visual Studio replacement, and whether your Mono apps actually run on...
  5. [SOLVED] Re: Am I right in my understanding of apache httpd(apache server)?

    Ok, so... what process would respond to the client on the network socket? What would handle the HTTP protocol? What would check the query URL and map that to some server resource -- either a static...
  6. [SOLVED] Re: Am I right in my understanding of apache httpd(apache server)?

    You're assuming that there's a PHP interpreter running "behind" Apache. This is often the case, often not. At its most basic, HTML pages are plain static text and that's all Apache was built to serve...
  7. Re: how to compile a helloworld program for module programming

    Please don't be "hard to teach". A lot of stuff that comes from Google is not necessarily suitable for your needs as is ;)

    I'm sure ofnuts would be of great help if you didn't assume this much....
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    Re: C++ and Java and Games

    Game programming in Java nowadays means pretty much using some kind of OpenGL bindings, and at that point you've already offloaded a big part of performance-critical stuff onto the library code (and...
  9. [SOLVED] Re: why does a 1-element tuple in python require comma?

    I feel a need to nitpick this a bit further... (1) is not an integer, it is an arithmetic expression that finally evaluates as an integer. This is not so much of a "python allows your to use...
  10. [SOLVED] Re: why does a 1-element tuple in python require comma?

    Good point. Then again it's been years since I last touched Python :)
  11. [SOLVED] Re: why does a 1-element tuple in python require comma?

    And an interesting feature of the tuple syntax I had not thought of before: The tuple actually seems to be just the comma-separated list of things, not the parenthesis around it. So the tuple (1,2)...
  12. [SOLVED] Re: why does a 1-element tuple in python require comma?

    Go to the Python shell and type (1). What do you get? How could you tell the difference between the expression of a parenthesized 1 and a single-element tuple if the latter also looks like (1)? You...
  13. [SOLVED] Re: why does a 1-element tuple in python require comma?

    Because otherwise it's ambiguous with the arithmetic expression (1), which is 1 with some extra parentheses.
  14. Re: Becoming a better programmer: depth or breadth of knowledge recommended?

    +1, ofnuts, I couldn't be more in agreement.

    It's the "translation of problem into programming language at the tactical/strategic level" where some breadth comes in handy; it gives ideas for...
  15. Re: Becoming a better programmer: depth or breadth of knowledge recommended?

    I guess I've seen things from the "working out the details is a homework excercise" perspective for too long, but I've got to say I'm a big fan of being a generalist. The really interesting...
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    Re: Ruby or Python?

    While I am a bit partial to Python as far as languages go -- I just find it to be more cleanly designed -- Ruby has Rails, which is actually quite a handy way to do light websites...
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    Re: how do I type Greek letters in Python?

    What kind of book? Why? What difference does it make?
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    Re: how do I type Greek letters in Python?

    While it is possible to use Unicode either in Python source or maybe even in the shell, doing so is just asking for encoding-related troubles. Why not just call it "alpha" like everyone else would?
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    [SOLVED] Re: In PHP why is (0=='string')

    Welcome to figuring out why PHP frankly just sucks ;)
  20. Thread: FP languages

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    Re: FP languages

    If it is only the macro system you're interested in that regard, then the most important differences deal with this:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hygienic_macro

    I wouldn't be too concerned...
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    Re: Java Performance Windows 7 vs. Linux

    Well, actually, it is natively compiled... that's what the JIT-compiler does. Not straight from the text of the original Java program, but what ends up running on the processor is native code.
  22. Thread: FP languages

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    Re: FP languages

    I would have to interject here that I am not particularly sure that the idea of some language "forcing" you to do things in certain ways is a good thing, if some other language lets you approach the...
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    Re: Java Performance Windows 7 vs. Linux

    No, I would actually expect them to run pretty much all the same. This of course assumes that it really is just JVM internal stuff being used and not much system calls to the OS, after which things...
  24. Re: What are general rules for overloading method in java?

    On the other hand, inheritance and overriding is such a core mechanism in Java that it's vitally important to understand that it does not depend on an annotation. :)
  25. Re: What are general rules for overloading method in java?

    Actually, the @Override annotation is not in any way required. It provides the benefit of making the compiler actually check that you are, indeed, overriding a method from a superclass.

    It is...
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