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[#] Tue Jul 24 2012 13:44:44 EDT from dothebart @ Uncensored

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remember xamarian introducing the java to see-carpet transpiler that can convert the whole android userland?

now you can test whether they were doing it right.

http://codeporting.com/blog/csharp-to-java-conversion/archive/2012/07/19/blog-migrating-csharp-out-and-ref-keyword-to-java-using-codeporting-csharp2java.html



[#] Wed Jul 25 2012 11:14:05 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Lovely. I'm sure Miguel de Idiot has a Vista Phone in his pocket and is heaping praise upon its innovative and wonderful experience.

[#] Wed Jul 25 2012 13:02:08 EDT from zooer @ Uncensored

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If you were writing a program for a card game would you use a 13x4 array (thirteen cards x four suits) or just 52 variables? There is no
difference between the suits as far as value.

I have no idea why I think this question has been asked before, I am not writing a game I am just wondering what others would do.

[#] Thu Jul 26 2012 06:30:21 EDT from dothebart @ Uncensored

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Wed Jul 25 2012 11:14:05 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored
Lovely. I'm sure Miguel de Idiot has a Vista Phone in his pocket and is heaping praise upon its innovative and wonderful experience.

http://fossforce.com/2012/07/walled-garden-approach-work-microsoft/

I like his rant about them selling the Nokia Lumnia 900 (the top notch product) for 20$ which imho is next to we don't want to pay the costs for disposal of the unsold units.

Microsoft cutting the upgrade path to windows 8 was probably as good to windows 7 phones as the (to early) anouncement of the Apple Macintosh to the Apple Lisa.

btw, mdidiot is developing/trying to sell see-carpet for android and i-something, so you can easily port your app for the vista fon to them ;-)

I guess developing a toolkit to run objective c-code on android more easily sounds like a more clever business idea to me. Or... maybe transpile the java stuff to objective c.



[#] Thu Jul 26 2012 17:20:42 EDT from dothebart @ Uncensored

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Ontario Mega Finance Group!

s.b. wasted 12 Mio. US-Dollar  into xamarian.



[#] Sat Jul 28 2012 13:01:27 EDT from dothebart @ Uncensored

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hm, from the online samples, IGs gonna like using this in webcit:

 

https://github.com/emberjs/ember.js



[#] Sun Jul 29 2012 21:50:01 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Not really interested in more bloat.

[#] Mon Jul 30 2012 13:18:02 EDT from dothebart @ Uncensored

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it wasn't about the bload, its been about the coding samples ;-P

 

hm, just learned the term "brogrammer" http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=brogrammer

I have to terminate my social life and stop talking about anything else than hacking.



[#] Sat Sep 01 2012 10:59:18 EDT from dothebart @ Uncensored

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fancy. A project that switched from see-carpet to java and groovy:

http://www.ephys.de/computer/debian_sportstracker.htm

http://www.saring.de/sportstracker/index.html



[#] Thu Sep 06 2012 12:05:22 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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I may have some exposure in the not too distant future to a project written in Jython (Python code running in an interpreter that compiles it down to Java bytecode, allowing the developer to make use of both Python and Java class libraries). Anyone familiar with it? Whaddya think?

[#] Mon Sep 24 2012 06:54:47 EDT from michaelmd @ Uncensored

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has anyone found a jvm that is usable and not enormous? (as in you have to set aside huge amounts of ram for it)

 

 

 

 

 

 



[#] Mon Sep 24 2012 09:38:36 EDT from dothebart @ Uncensored

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no. use a compiler and generate native code. Java interpreters are always clunky, regardless whether you name them see-carpet or whatever.

In doubt use a concept which generates intermediate c-code like vala.



[#] Mon Sep 24 2012 13:57:56 EDT from Spell Binder @ Uncensored

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A little googling says that Oracle's (Sun's) JVM requires 64 MB of memory on Linux systems, and 128 MB on Windows systems, except for XP, which is 64.

The tomcat JVM uses "...20-60 MB of memory."

Here are the sources:

Tomcat: http://marc.info/?l=tomcat-user&m=104378438221546&w=2

Oracle/Sun: http://www.java.com/en/download/help/sysreq.xml

Enjoy!
JVM Binder

[#] Mon Sep 24 2012 15:49:09 EDT from LoanShark @ Uncensored

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Sep 24 2012 6:54am from michaelmd @uncnsrd
has anyone found a jvm that is usable and not enormous? (as in you
have to set aside *huge* amounts of ram for it)

taanstaafl. the jvm's GC design philosophy favors throughput over footprint...

[#] Mon Sep 24 2012 15:50:51 EDT from LoanShark @ Uncensored

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Sep 24 2012 1:57pm from Spell Binder @uncnsrd
A little googling says that Oracle's (Sun's) JVM requires 64 MB of

That's kind of like saying you can run Windows 7 on a 1GB netbook. You can do it, but you'll have nothing left over for a typical moderate-sized application.

[#] Tue Sep 25 2012 17:13:27 EDT from Spell Binder @ Uncensored

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As far as I know, that's the way it's always been with "system requirements."
I think that's one reason that a number of modern, graphically intensive games include minimum and recommended system parameters. That way, you know what you'll get if you just do the minimum.

[#] Mon Oct 01 2012 11:20:56 EDT from Ragnar Danneskjold @ Uncensored

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So, I've made a career change, and I'm serving as CTO of a company that's offering it's applications online (SaaS is today's newspeak....)


I have some large challenges ahead, and I could use some advise.


I'm headed up a team of programmers - and I'm suspect of their abilities.
Everything here is written in ASP and VB, with a smattering of .NET. The backend SQL server is still running on MS SQL 7.0.

There's a lot of fear in this organization, which has lead to stagnation.


Now, my first instinct is to hire new programmers, and re-write everything.
However, there is 13+ years of code base, and I'm afraid of losing things if we do that.

Also, I don't want to run roughshod over the guys who have been keeping the system running all this time. They know the skeletons, and in some ways have not been allowed to do a better job than they'd like. We count on them right now to keep things going.

As programmers, what do you think? Cut bait and start over? Allow the team who got us in to this mess to help get out?

What about changing architectures. Move away from VB, etc. to Javascript / Java.....


From a hardware & network perspective, we're behind but those things can easily be overcome.

Any advise would be helpful, since it's been over 15 years since I worked in programming at all.

Also, if anyone knows any good programmers looking for work in the Westchester County (New York) area, drop me a message.

Thanks in advance!

[#] Mon Oct 01 2012 13:18:31 EDT from LoanShark @ Uncensored

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I'm not a Microsoft coder, but I'll offer a few words of devil's advocate: that this system is coded on M$ technologies should NOT be seen as a problem in and of itself. M$ catches a lot of flack from the Linux fanatics but you know, that's what they're gonna say regardless... maybe your problem is that you're on *Aging* M$ technologies. We undergo the same problems in the Java world - ask me about our projects to migrate off of IBM WebSphere and on to newer Java technologies sometime... such projects always have to compete for development with real customer needs.

Are you using ASP.NET or the classic ASP? Classic ASP is no longer the state of the art, and there's probably next to no modern library support... but MS has committed to supporting it for 10 years after Windows 8, so the death of your platform support is not imminent.

At a bare minimum, my inclination would be to say that new modules of your applicaiton should be coded in newer technologies if possible. Maybe that means newer Microsoft technologies to leverage your existing skill base. If you're stuck with some kind of monolithic server structure where everything needs to be hosted on a single Windows NT 4 box/cluster, now is the time to extend the legacy code in such a way that newer modules can be hosted on separate servers. Maybe you do need to rewrite everything. But if you try do it all in one shot rather than incrementally, in a way you can iterate on, there is a risk of project failure.

SQL Server 7 can probably be migrated to a newer SQL Server a lot less painfully than the rest of your app can be migrated from ASP Classic to ASP.NET (or rewritten in another language.)

All that being said, sometimes a product reaches the end of its lifecycle, or just becomes a complex unmaintainable mess, and your best bet is to do a total rewrite, starting only with the core features. Not all customers will migrate to the new thing, but some will.

[#] Mon Oct 01 2012 13:27:03 EDT from Ragnar Danneskjold @ Uncensored

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Thanks for the insight....

SQL 7 is going to be upgraded to SQL 2000 first. After that, we need to make programming changes. This will allow us to run on a more current version of Windows, as well as take advantage of greater amounts of RAM, which should help performance. We've also purchased a new server using a Fusion IO card, to help reduce disk subsystem bottlenecks.

I'm not really inclined to move away from SQL Server, but I want to rethink the front end....



Luckily the system is written in a number of modules, so we can start a re-think on a case by case basis.

The most horrifying thing I've found is that the system that makes us the most money still runs in Access. They've been trying to port it for 9 years, and still haven't accomplished the job.

I've got a lot of work ahead of me.

[#] Mon Oct 01 2012 14:19:44 EDT from Spell Binder @ Uncensored

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On a more general note concerning whether to keep the existing programmers.
Whether you choose to rewrite or not, you can provide your staff with the resources they need to learn new technologies. The programmers that take the initiative to use those resources are the ones you definitely want to keep. However, don't be too quick to write off the ones that don't take the initiative. If they've been living in a culture of fear, they may not be properly motivated to take what they feel might be a big risk.

In the end, it boils down to how much time and money can be spent on bringing your programmers up to speed vs. getting new programmers.
Spell

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