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user55340
8:00 PM
@JimmyHoffa Yep... I've got the printed version and they're in there too.
 
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Btw, it would be nice if people would look into meta.P.SE and consider if the latest posts are specifically offensive or rude and need to be flagged as such.
 
@GlenH7 uhm? Iduno exactly what you refer to here?
As in a device or something on my google voice account?
 
@JimmyHoffa That was a large one-box. Yes, exactly. A device to connect a regular land-line phone to your google voice voip account
 
@GlenH7 Oh, no. I'd just use my computers modem or my cell phone's wifi if I wanted that.. I don't bother using VOIP, I set that google voice account up as I was trying to fake up a facebook account for some FB app development we had been trying to start on
 
ah, that makes sense.
I have a landline (kind of) that I'm trying to get out of paying an exorbitant monthly fee for
 
8:12 PM
@GlenH7 I've no intention of getting a land line.. when the kid has cause for a phone though I'm sure I'll do some voip jiggery-pokery instead
 
@JimmyHoffa right where I'm at now. :-) Oldest is starting to use the phone. But I don't want him with a cell of his own. He doesn't need it and it costs more than it's worth.
 
@GlenH7 Any old smart phones around your house?
 
yeah? por que?
connect to wireless and run ... ?
 
My wife's no-longer-used Motorola Atrix can be turned on without a sim card in and used as an android wifi device, I'd just install skype or whatever on it
 
@JimmyHoffa I was just looking at skype's pay as you go service.
As I don't think our landline sees > 130 minutes of use each month on average
 
8:16 PM
you can then put money into a voip account - google voice or whatever else and let him use that and if the money gets burned through you'll know. Just clean the device up so it only has that one app on it and links on the home screen to call you and whoever else they need to be calling.
Google voice should do it for free so you won't need to pay so long as it's domestic.
 
8:27 PM
ok
is it a bad sign when your director sends an email to the team, asking how many LOC exist in source control
i shit you not
I just got THAT email
I read some article somewhere where somebody said that when executives start asking this question it is because they think the reason projects are failing is lazy developers
if someone can find it or something similar it would be appreciated
 
psr
@maple_shaft Quick, edit the formatting on 5,000 lines of code!
 
user55340
@maple_shaft hey... mod type... could you handle two flags on M.P.SE?
 
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@maple_shaft Btw, I got that one too back in the Point of Sales days. (1.4M LOC)
 
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In this case, they were trying to price how much it would cost to have an external company do an audit of the software.
 
user55340
@maple_shaft thank you very much.
 
8:35 PM
@MichaelT wasn't him
 
user55340
Well, @WorldEngineer thank you then. Just general thanks to mods for their janitorial functions.
 
psr
@maple_shaft Google foo fail, sorry.
 
@JimmyHoffa google voice was my top choice < 10 mins ago. But they are turning off their XMPP service in ~5 months. The way Obihai presented that news implied that all voip adapters will stop working
 
user55340
So what does "I would like to advise on Stack Exchange" mean?
 
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user55340
8:40 PM
Oh... I can read... advertise
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I have a real programming question finally. lol
 
@enderland better ask on main then. Chat has been strictly off-topic today
 
@GlenH7 nah I think p.se is better since it's more of a theory one :P
 
but drop a link in here and we'll give you sympathy up votes
main == p.se.
 
I don't really know how to even phrase it to google, either
let's say you have a UI with idk, say 100 text fields, and you want to enforce an order for people to fill them out - is there a good strategy for doing so?
(I'm not sure how to phrase this sort of questino to even ask/search for it)
 
8:45 PM
@enderland some languages allow numbering controls
specifically for purposes of tabbing
and I think the better languages say "oh, you're on 23; you hit tab; go to 24"
 
yeah... so tab order won't work I don't think since I had to implement a checkbox which is actually a label with code assocaited with it (#access sucks)
 
You're in MS access?!
 
I'll take that as sympathy
heaven knows I need it
 
yeah, that would get sympathy up votes for a question on main... :-)
@enderland - so you're past the level of help provided in this article? office.microsoft.com/en-us/access-help/…
 
yeah :\
if I end up doing dev work in not-VBA it's going to feel like I'm upgrading from a pidly 2-cylinder van to a ferrari
 
8:49 PM
I have fortunately not had to do too much in VBA
 
it's great for a lot of things honestly, but it kinda got abandoned a long time ago
 
9:07 PM
@MichaelT, @GlenH7 I polished that stealth draft a little, would you mind taking a look? I plan to undelete it to open for commenting and for editing by non-10Kers, would appreciate your feedback. Also, feel free to edit it
 
user55340
Just thinking... Lets say top score is 100, so top/10 would give you 10, and -1 to give you now. So only the scores from 100 to 9 would be used to calculate hotness.
 
The impression I got from the last go-around on MSO is that they aren't going to tinker with any DB structures to allow changes to the formula
 
user55340
That looks reasonable. I don't see any problems with it. Reads well, thought out...
 
@MichaelT right
 
And the quotes you pulled kind of indicate that SE doesn't think it's a big enough problem to tackle. Which I don't know if it's been sufficiently proven (to SE) that the colider questions can be a serious issue
 
user55340
9:11 PM
@GlenH7 I don't believe they would need to tinker with the db for that. Its 'just' a modification to the calculation.
 
@GlenH7 yup, and the idea is exactly to avoid that. Pick 100 as it is done now, then reorder (does it make sense to edit to somehow stress this?)
 
user55340
It might be useful to stress that this is only a modification to the calc and not any change to the structure.
 
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Q: How to conceptually consider user interface rules?

enderlandI have a user interface with numerous controls and data inputs on it. Buttons, text fields, and checkboxes, etc. Imagine the following "rules" exist for a sample UI with 2 of those controls: B2 cannot be used until TF1 and TF2 both have values TF2 cannot be entered until TF1 has a value CB2 can...

writing out the problem makes me even LESS confident in my ideas for how to solve it :P
 
user55340
I'd be half tempted to set up an example of the hotness calculator from an sqlfiddle with example data. Would take some time to craft.
 
@MichaelT exactly. I tried to make it as small code-wise as possible. I'd prefer the pick-and-reorder trick to be done for double-triple of these 100 questions (to get more reliable top 100), but decided to stick on the safer side
 
user55340
9:13 PM
The bit on that SE doesn't realize how much damage things that have lots of poor answers do to other, smaller sites's communities is troublesome at a different level.
 
user55340
That said, I also suspect that this will make Math and CodeGolf get lots more hot questions.
 
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(just given the nature of their site and how they have the 'pile on answers')
 
user55340
You might want to suggest that the 10 be a scaleable factor based on site for sites that have such pile-ons.
 
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(so that, for example, Math could be set to 2 or some such smaller factor to make it more selective for questions... if I read that right)
 
I'm lost in thoughts of wondering how question + answers + votes shape on other SE sites. And what that shape means in terms of predicting quality for a particular site. CodeGolf would want high numbers of answers - it implies a great question as lots of people participated. High answers on Programmers implies a populist question. And we hate fun, so by definition that's a bad question.
 
9:19 PM
@GlenH7 Code Golf is the outlier
 
some sites are way more upvote happy though, too
 
user55340
@WorldEngineer Math.SE tends to have the pileon answers too...
 
Math loves them some bikesheds - Robert Harvey
 
@MichaelT well posting MSO request doesn't feel urgent, I can wait until it's done. :) Meanwhile, I am going to undelete that M.PSE "buffer answer". Given your feedback, it feels it's good enough for "public draft"
 
user55340
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Q: Calculating the number of possible paths through some squares

user120865I'm prepping for the GRE. Would appreciate if someone could explain the right way to solve this problem. It seems simple to me but the site where I found this problem says I'm wrong but doesn't explain their answer. So here is the problem verbatim: Find the number of paths from x to y moving ...

 
user55340
9:21 PM
There's one that showed up recently... 8 answers.
 
answer vote spread is another element worth considering (now I'm down other rabbit holes)
 
Math has a character very much like early SO
 
user55340
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Q: Pedagogy: How to cure students of the "law of universal linearity"?

Peter LeFanu LumsdaineOne of the commonest mistakes made by students, appearing at every level of maths education up to about early undergraduate, is the so-called “Law of Universal Linearity”: $$ \frac{1}{a+b} \mathrel{\text{“=”}} \frac{1}{a} + \frac{1}{b} $$ $$ 2^{-3} \mathrel{\text{“=”}} -2^3 $$ $$ \sin (5x + 3y...

 
user55340
That one also showed up... 32 answers.
 
@MichaelT That's actually a really good question
having tutored math, I've definitely seen it in action
 
9:22 PM
@MichaelT yes Math.SE has that pattern. I once even checked votes in couple of their questions, these seemed to typically go to reasonable quality answers
 
@maple_shaft My immediate go-to would have been "he's making some pitch to someone of how complex/large the application is", that's the only reason I've ever seen the question asked
 
user55340
@WorldEngineer Its a good question... should it stick to the top (while it did) with 32 answers contributing to the hotness.
 
But then I've never worked anywhere LOC was used as a productivity metric, so the idea of someone asking about it to know anything about productivity would have been ridiculous
 
@GlenH7 I specifically abstained of discussing tight spreads in that draft...
> Worth noting that suggested approach doesn't address cases when there are multiple highly upvoted answers (such as some Apple.SE examples in sticky list). Whether "sticky popularity" of these is a problem that needs addressing and if yes, how to address it is out of scope of this request.
okay, undeleted:
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A: Trial run of modified "hotness formula" for Programmers questions

gnatUsing once deleted and abandoned answer as a temporary buffer to draft new feature request (for MSO) to address points in decline justification of prior request. draft title Reorder questions picked for hot list based on adjusted hotness score (discard some answers by voting evidence) dra...

feel free to edit / comment etc
preferably from the most negative perspective
 
user55340
@WorldEngineer I hate to ask this... but could you go poke at M.P.SE again.
 
9:25 PM
to prepare for the usual pressure from "instinctive downvoters" at MSO
 
@gnat yeah, I'm working various intellectual musings to identify other ways of cracking that nut. I think hidden weighting of votes is still worth considering too
 
user55340
@AshleyNunn btw, I bet if you get more edits on SO than Peter, you'd be a shoe in for a tech editor position anywhere
 
@gnat Just be sure many of the regulars are here in chat before you post to MSO. You'll get enough up votes to ride it for a bit.
 
@MichaelT Yeah, but it would mean editing SO ;)
 
@AshleyNunn plenty of opportunity there!
 
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@AshleyNunn easy rep...
 
@MichaelT That is a very big number. O.o
@GlenH7 For a while, anyhow. :)
 
user55340
Was commenting about his activity here earlier in chat... I'm glad he's doing it, it makes it a better place.
 
@GlenH7 absolutely. Whatever the fate of your twitter-tweaker request will be, idea of filtered voting data feed alone made it worth asking and discussing
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A: Allow high-rep users to recommend posts for and against tweeting

GlenH7An alternative approach...1 Short version just change the tweeting algorithm to only incorporate votes from high rep users Long version The proposed approach has at least a few problems with it: Not everyone who can use it will use it because it requires additional steps outside of nor...

 
@gnat agreed; that was a very pleasant but unexpected outcome.
 
9:28 PM
@GlenH7 that's for sure. Don't want to climb up from -10 once again :)
 
user55340
@AshleyNunn You could be all "yea, I've got 1000 rep on SO... its all from editing. Thats when you get repcapped. I've done 200k edits since then..."
 
I'll admit I was a bit nervous about stealing Servy's idea. I figured I would pick up down votes for the plagiarism aspect alone. But I think the full attribution spared me from any of that.
 
@MichaelT It does sound cool on paper.... :)
 
@ColeJohnson for an example of what I would do to that post take a look at changes made in revision 6. By the way, the user who did that revision is one of my favorite editors at Programmers; whenever I happen to go over their suggestions in edits review queue, it always strikes me as really well done — gnat Aug 27 '13 at 21:47
Peter is my favorite editor, too :)
 
user55340
@GlenH7 got a note from a former co-worker that Google is buying Nest... (time to search news...)
 
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> MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA – JANUARY 13, 2014 — Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) announced today that it has entered into an agreement to buy Nest Labs, Inc. for $3.2 billion in cash.
 
Thank you very much with the answer, I've moved from that project, but I will keep this Question in my favourites. Sorry that I didn't accept your answer as it is very thorough. But, whats up with novell being bad? :( — SAFAD 29 mins ago
 
@MichaelT wow. holy crud!
 
Always cool when ages later you get recognition for an answer you toiled over even if it quickly disappeared into obscurity
 
@MichaelT That's a lot of money O.o
 
user55340
9:37 PM
@AshleyNunn When you consider their market, yes... but not really.
 
@AshleyNunn I would have guessed more...
half-baked social media apps with no revenue get billion dollar valuations these days
 
It doesn't help that I really can't fathom scale with that - I can't even value my own worth, let alone a company! :)
 
@AshleyNunn min.comt can help with the former. not so much the later ;)
 
user55340
They are building smoke detectors and thermostats... something that is in every single house in the US
 
@AshleyNunn To be fair the scales of these things is just stupid when you try to measure it in terms of what humans actually ever see or touch...
I need to find the article now that shows how humans are really only able to estimate with any accuracy up to 100 things
 
user55340
9:39 PM
And when you go to smoke detectors and multi-tennant buildings (aparments, hotels...) thats even more.
 
@JimmyHoffa Oooh, that sounds interesting. :)
 
anything with a scale greater than 100 our minds really can't imagine
 
@JimmyHoffa I've seen 150 articles like that before
 
@MichaelT Hm, I never thought about it like that, but yeah, it is a pretty huge market. Then again, I only really think of my smoke alarm when it goes off because I made toast (it is in a really terrible spot in my apartment, so it goes off a lot)
 
announced the draft at Water Cooler, hope TWP guys will contribute, as they did to prior request
in The Water Cooler, 2 mins ago, by gnat
guys interested in "hotness formula", I would much appreciate your help and feedback in drafting an updated request that has been posted at P.SE meta...
 
user55340
9:40 PM
@JimmyHoffa I recall a SF book that had an alien that had cardnality (the ability to count things by sight) at about 37 or so... (humans are around 7 before we have to start counting))... but they couldn't go beyond that.
 
user55340
@AshleyNunn See, their smoke detector you just need to wave your hand in front of it and it stops annoying you.
 
@MichaelT that's pretty creative
@MichaelT Also you can just wave your kid in front of it and it'll let you have ~3 uninterrupted minutes at home depots return desk I learned yesterday
 
@MichaelT .....okay, that sounds awesome.
 
user55340
So You put out 20 things, and they instantlly say 20. You put out 40 and mabe 5% will say 40, the others will all say "too many"
 
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Here's the book...
 
user55340
9:43 PM
Calculating God is a 2000 science fiction novel by Robert J. Sawyer. It takes place in the present day and describes the arrival on Earth of sentient aliens. The bulk of the novel covers the many discussions and arguments on this topic, as well as about the nature of belief, religion, and science. Calculating God received nominations for both the Hugo and John W. Campbell Memorial Awards in 2001. Plot summary Thomas Jericho, a paleontologist working at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, makes the first human-to-alien contact when a spider-like alien arrives on Earth to investigate Eart...
 
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The alien species: aliens.wikia.com/wiki/Wreed
 
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Furthermore, Wreeds have an amazing ability to instantly perceive quantity. A Human (or Forhilnor) will instantly know when given one, two or three stones without needing to consciously count them; the same way, the average Wreed can instantly recognize quantities up to 46. Curiously, however, the Wreed is simply incapable of the faculty of consciously counting: when facing quantities higher than 46, they simply have no means to tell the numbers apart, and in fact they don't even have words for the numbers beyond 46.
 
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@JimmyHoffa Robert Sawyer's books are ones that do some exploration at the edge of science and religion. Sometimes it feels a bit forced, but they are fairly good SF books.
 
I'm still dying to figure out how to google up the article..
all things relating to "humans" and "estimating" just give various estimates of human things
 
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Subitizing, coined in 1949 by E.L. Kaufman et al. refers to the rapid, accurate, and confident judgments of number performed for small numbers of items. The term is derived from the Latin adjective ' (meaning "sudden") and captures a feeling of immediately knowing how many items lie within the visual scene, when the number of items present falls within the subitizing range. Number judgments for larger set-sizes were referred to either as counting or estimating, depending on the number of elements present within the display, and the time given to observers in which to respond (i.e., estima...
 
9:57 PM
@RobertHarvey hey you should write an answer that says how this guy really needs to use a DI framework and espouses at length the great benefits of using DI frameworks and how they make everything better and should always be used.
(mostly because if you wrote that answer to this Q it would be doubly hilarious considering your previous statements on DI)
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Q: how complex a constructor should be

Taein KimI am having a discussion with my co-worker on how much work a constructor can do. I have a class, B that internally requires another object A. Object A is one of a few members that class B needs to do its job. All of its public methods depends on the internal object A. Information about object A ...

It is the correct answer though...
(but isn't DI always the correct answer, @RobertHarvey ?)
 
user55340
"How do I add DI to my hello world program?"
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user55340
I think you could if you start using DI to say which output stream it goes to... not that it would be a good thing.
 
@MichaelT Not the same thing, though may be referentially related, the article was talking about mental scaling and how well people can mentally relate quantities - it was basically saying that when you have more than 100 things break them down so you're dealing with tens or thousands or something because otherwise the human mind just can't come up with a representation and can no longer really recognize accurately the difference between two things that are actually differentiated by factors
(unless my memory is failing me...)
 
user55340
Oh, I was thinking you were talking about the "recognize some number instantly"
 
user55340
which was another numeric topic we had.
 
10:04 PM
Hey guys, anyone got any constructive feedback or advice on this thread?

http://programmers.stackexchange.com/questions/224068/ideal-programming-language-for-these-specific-tasks
 
Knows question is off-topic, asks anyway. Nice going. Python is as good a language as any to start out with. I would avoid PHP. See also Where to Start?Robert Harvey 3 hours ago
That's a starter - don't ask questions you know to be off-topic on the main site. You're much better off asking them here in chat and / or asking how it could be made constructive enough to be asked on main.
 
@user1547410 if you are building for browsers, Javascript is usually the way to go. If you are building for a given application, use the languages specified in their API docs.
 
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So to my project. I want to develop a toolbar that can interact with an application. Lets take Skype as an example, i want to develop a toolbar that can pin onto the skype titlebar so if i move Skype to a new window it always remains visible. The toolbar will have a couple of icons, each will do something simple like copy the text and send the text in lets say Json format to a url which will process it or take a screenshot, it wont need to actually interact with Skype as such but instead will interact with the clipboard to get information from the app manually.
 
@user1547410 - I'll second World's thoughts. For what you're doing, you want JavaScript. Everything else will be an exercise in frustration. For example, don't try to write a desktop or browser PHP app. It can be done, but why?
 
user55340
With that description you will be traveling deep into the APIs of whatever platform you're describing.
 
10:10 PM
just to point out as i said in the comments in that post, i didnt realize it was off topic, i did say i assume you get these kinds of questions all the time but point taken and i honestly didnt realize it would be closed.

To clarify im not trying to hook into another application, im trying to developer my own application that pins to a window title somehow and that interacts with the clipboard. That windows application will then pass the pasted text via json or similar to a web app to process it.
 
@user1547410 You learned and didn't go on a rampage. This gives you points in my book :)
 
I know php so i can handle the web side of things, what i dont know if is C or python or another language would be more suitable for the desktop application or is it simply any of them. The opinion on python in that thread was mixed
 
@MichaelT nah, the specifics of this was about comparisons and relativity not visual-spatial
 
@user1547410 Python has kind of an odd rep as a web language for a great many reasons.
 
user55340
If you are talking about a desktop app that interacts with the clipboard... you're likely going down the C path.
 
user55340
10:13 PM
That said, you're still talking about something that is non-trivial for someone diving into it for the first time. You will learn quite a bit form the endeavor... successful or not.
 
ok thanks Michael. Is pinning the app to another app difficult to do, i thought it might be as simple as recognizing the window title and telling it to place itself x,y co-ordinates from the relative position of the target app but i honestly dont know much about this thing at all. Would C also be suitable for something like that or can someone suggest good search terms for what the terminology for this type of thing is and ill do some research, i just dont know what to call it to search for it
 
@user1547410 As soon as you start talking about a non-web GUI app the first question that becomes super important is what platforms are you supporting here, windows? mac? *nix?
 
user55340
You're working with the windowing system of the target OS. This isn't a small thing - there's more to it than just placing it at x,y.
 
Apparently Skype closed its third party app support last month
 
windows
 
10:17 PM
@user1547410 only windows?
 
user55340
And... well... that.
 
@user1547410 What you're doing will desire your attention to how windows creates UI controls and things, there are some interesting tools that you may inspect to understand some of this stuff because you're talking about requesting/iterating information stored in the desktop heap
 
yeah i seen that about Skype, big uproar and they back tracked somewhat but still their current API is pretty basic
 
> Spy++ (SPYXX.EXE) is a Win32-based utility that gives you a graphical view of the system’s processes, threads, windows, and window messages.
(emphasis mine)
 
user55340
I'd first start out trying to write a simple calculator application for Windows. 10 digit buttons, 4 function buttons and equals. Don't even worry if you don't get the calculator part right... just work on the buttons working.
 
10:19 PM
oh as @MichaelT says, if you don't already know how to create and work on windows UI applications, start by creating a simple one
 
user55340
Trying to get into windowing, and inter process communication, third party APIs, and such all at once... especially in a new language. That's going to be way too much. You don't even know which way to start out with (thus the "where to start").
 
Is there a more simpler method then, since my app will be communicating with the desktop it doesnt really need to interact with Skype or whatever 3rd party app, i just thought it would be nice to be pinned to the skype app. Is there an easier way like always placing the app in the top right or bottom right corner for example, would that be far less involved
 
user55340
Start out by writing an application that does the simplest thing. Buttons on a screen.
 
Good advice on the simple app to get started, agree thats a good approach
 
You're generally going to want to be using .NET if you're familiar with it, otherwise Delphi and SmallTalk are great options, but for the OS facilities to touch the desktop heap info you're going to want something MS likely because that's where you get the best interop facilities with windows. VB can do these things fairly well too, VB6 and VC++'s MFC had stuff had a lot of focus on these bits
 
10:21 PM
@JimmyHoffa I am writing a small program to keep a list of the songs that I have on my ipod. I'm thinking about writing it as a 3-tier MVC Ruby on Rails web application with TDD, DDD and IOC, using a factory pattern to create the classes and a singleton to store my application settings. Do you think I'm taking the right approach?
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@RobertHarvey No, I'd use a monad.
 
user55340
Don't worry about where its positioned. Don't worry if its modal or not. Don't worry if its floating or not. Or if it can minimize or not... just write the simple app.
 
@user1547410 do you know C#? What language did you intend on creating this application with?
 
@JimmyHoffa: That was part of the text in an actual Stack Overflow question that I asked in '09. It was titled "Are new programmers getting wrapped around the axle with patterns and practices?" It stayed on the site for two years, before Jeff Atwood finally deleted it.
 
If not, then may I strongly suggest you start your desktop application development out right with a great easy to use fun interactive GUI development language: pharo-project.org/home
 
10:24 PM
yeah good point, that can come in phase two, i guess it will take some time to get the actual app working anyway and by that stage ill have a better understanding of how everything works, what i wanted to avoid was creating it in C and then finding out when its created a different language would have been better for positioning but ill take your approach develop a simple app, then take a shot at my app and then work on the positioning last.

Im thinking C and then for the positioning i might need to expand into using C and .net, sounds like a reasonable plan?#
 
@user1547410 Doing GUI in C will be about as fun as can-openering your hand. (and considerably more difficult)
go to the URL I pasted, install pharo, and start stumping UIs together with a high quality language built specifically for it that comes with an interactive UI for developing it
 
depends
 
@MattD for windows anyway
 
user55340
Pure C for windows is... yea... if you're going down the C route, don't start off with GUI. Start off with a simple command line app. You'll need to learn some pointer arithmetic and memory management.
 
oh god yes. win32 was at least usable, but mfc is like having your balls shaved by a orbital sander
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10:26 PM
@RobertHarvey Too bad he still has his diamond. Makes it harder to exact revenge...
 
I just know PHP right now, if i try and learn a language i get bored, if i have a challenging project that i have an incentive to build i find that i learn much quicker which is why im taking this approach
when i learn all the syntax and theory it usually floats over my head a bit but when i use the same thing in a practical application then it makes much more sense and i pick it up easily, i do realize i still need to do a certain level of learning the basics, thanks for all the help here guys, very much appreciated and a very helpful bunch
 
who starred that :P
 
@MattD I would have pinned except for my preference to not pin things with even marginally objectionable language.
 
@user1547410 All the more reason to use pharo which I linked you. It is genuinely a great language and will teach you to think about OO correctly, plus it's got an easier entry because it's all interactive as you're developing the UI you are running it
 
UI is tricky, by nature of the fact that it has to deal with so many random edge cases
 
user55340
10:27 PM
@user1547410 you are describing something that is a very large undertaking.
 
@MattD 'tricky' -> I generally use the word 'tedious', which is why I'm glad to stick with back end work..
 
you could call it tedious
in some cases there's a lot of copy pasta
 
It's not usually altogether hard, the real challenge with UI is getting the tedium done without letting it devolve into spaghetti
 
at least with games theres a known data set in most cases.
 
UI is fairly fun in my experience.
 
10:29 PM
@JimmyHoffa amen
 
user55340
You're mixing in several new technologies to your experience at once.
 
@FrostEngineer I'm going to give you a form with 100 fields that need to be filled out, each one needs a particular validator attached to it and the layout has to be precise and match with these other pages. You're right, fun ;P good on ya for finding UI fun, I'm glad some people do
 
@JimmyHoffa when i work in gamedev, im usually the UI lead
@JimmyHoffa thankfully we dont often have 100 field forms like you do in web
 
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This ranges from the very basic (how do you do memory management with malloc in raw C) to the api (how do you work with windows correctly) to the complex (how do you do windowing with C in modern windows)
 
@user1547410 really, go install pharo from pharo-project.org/home and just create a super simple little UI app like a calculator in it. The language will do everything you want and you won't have to learn other languages to mix with it
 
10:31 PM
@JimmyHoffa: The answer to the question that I Accepted:
>I sense something of an age/generation divide on this.

Twenty years ago you knew someone was a bad programmer because they came to work and wrote 25 C programs that either sucked or didn't work at all. Today those same kind of people write 5 programs in 5 different languages and they still don't work.

It's not hard to tell who is jumping around technologies because they are curious and who is just desperately trying to find one they can succeed at.

The only real difference I see is that today there is an amazing amount of buzzword BS to throw about in an effort to explain why their work
 
haha @ the last line
so true
 
@RobertHarvey time for a delete / undelete war? :-)
 
tbh, i only jump around technologies when I have to. I havent sat down and learnt something new in a while. well, in terms of languages anyway
 
@RobertHarvey I'm ok with a bad programmer for a boss, what I can't stand is having a bean counter for a boss, that's sooo ugh...
 
Can't figure out how to quote that thing correctly.
 
10:33 PM
only thing thats interesting me in terms of new language learning is learning something functional. which i hope to do this year
id rather actually get better at the languages i apparently know
I still use less than 10% of c# and c++
 
@MattD an undervalued goal that really does help more often than people admit
 
the thing I find is that I spend all my time doing, and not much time learning.. thats the folly of professional programming
Also, i've been spending a lot of time learning music/guitar :)
 
C# has enough functional goodness in it that I could spend the next year learning all of its nooks and crannies, and probably be better off than if I spent that year learning Haskell or Scheme.
 
@RobertHarvey blasphemer.
 
Since C# is the one I actually use.
 
10:36 PM
yeah im probably trying to take on too much but i think it will keep me very motivated and worst case ill learn a bunch of things but wont complete my app, if i was building something for the sake of building something then i would probably get bored after a short time although i know ill need to do this first time with a test calculator or app to do something simple so i can get the basics.

Ive never got bored with PHP because i kept building things i was really motivated to see finished as its something i would use or try and make money from. I really enjoy that method of learning as it
 
C# has some amazing additions with the 4.0 and 4.5 versions of the language
 
@RobertHarvey if you learned haskell you'd understand the C# FP goods and they would lose all of their appearance of magic
 
They don't look magical to me... Just a bit verbose.
The Haskell and Scheme stuff, on the other hand, looks like little black boxes inside little white boxes.
 
@user1547410 Pharo will interop with that stuff, admittedly as I said earlier though C# would probably interop best of anything with all that, but that doesn't mean Pharo wouldn't do it, just that the API may be less pleasing than the .NET one or a little more work to make it function right.
 
user55340
(Well, I'm glad that @RobertHarvey and ChrisF migrated that Spark one... I would have given it a "not up to SO's standard" but I was out of close votes)
 
10:37 PM
Also if i do choose to learn C i presume its c# i should be learning, i could be wrong but isnt it c# and net that are used a lot or is it any C language with .net?
 
@user1547410 C, C++, and C# are all separate languages.
 
well, c# has a similar paradigm to c++, and shares a lot of syntax with c/c++/etc
 
user55340
@user1547410 The only things that is similar between C and C# are the first character of the name and the use of curly braces.
 
@user1547410 C and C# are very different things. Similar appearance and lineage, but everything else about them is totally different
 
@MichaelT semi-colons. Don't forget our beloved semi-colons.
 
10:38 PM
pets a semi-colon
 
@JimmyHoffa O_o
you okay in there?
 
@JimmyHoffa Well, if you start thinking of them as beloved pets, does that mean my site needs to change its scope? :P
 
@JimmyHoffa FP took up all the air in there?
 
user55340
He's only semi-petting a colon.
 
@MichaelT This is unacceptable behaviour.
 
10:39 PM
@MichaelT facedesk
 
@AshleyNunn I presume that's one step up from facepalm? Presumably the next step is deskface wherein you smack your face with the desk rather than the other way around...
 
user55340
I've heard headdesk rather than facedesk.
 
Yeah realize that there seperate languages but earlier someone mentioned that for windows stuff i probably should look at .net, just wondering which C language goes best with .net, do they all work with it or is it just C#?

My guess was .net is like a framework that extends other languages but that was just the impression i got, no idea if thats true. Really appreciate the help guys, what ill do next is research about Pharo and C# and .net and try and figure out which might be best for me
 
@user1547410 They aren't "C languages", C is a language, C# is a language, C++ is a language, they are all different languages with different purposes, different functionality etc
 
user55340
Google search says... headdesk: 651k results. facedesk: 264k results.
 
10:42 PM
@MichaelT deskface: 36k results. but the winner? headface: 4.9m results.
 
if you want to use .net, use c#
 
user55340
Facedesk is like FaceBook... except a larger surface?
 
@JimmyHoffa Something like that, yes :)
 
@user1547410 short version - use C# to write in the .Net framework.
 
ok, thanks Matt, thats basically the question i had, thanks for all the help guys, ill do some research now that you have helped me narrow down suitable choices, been a huge help, thanks
 
10:44 PM
@user1547410 .NET is a runtime and a language and a framework and a type system and a bunch of confusing things all rolled into one. I suggest Pharo if you're learning, but C# (which runs in the .NET runtime) if you're trying to be really productive, though you will have a much harder time getting going with that and Pharo can do all the stuff .NET can do just as well
for instance, Pharo is a runtime and framework of libraries where you write the language SmallTalk to create the applications, .NET is a runtime and framework of libraries where you write in the language of C# (or F# or various other language choices) to create the applications.
Pharo is an interactive runtime which makes it ideal for learning and development when you are less experienced
It's also though a very high quality runtime which is totally competent for creating real applications, it is not some fake-language made just for learning like Scratch or BASIC or other such
besides all of that, programming in a SmallTalk environment is genuinely just fun which should help with your motivation to learn and such.
 
heh :)
adds smalltalk to the list of random things to do this year
 
@RobertHarvey was it you who said you had spent time coding SmallTalk ages back?
 
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@MattD I'd say put Objective C on it. Some useful similar concepts, easier environment, marketable.
 
@MattD it's a truly different experience to have your GUI application both running and being developed at the same time as you walk around it's actively running object graph and change live instances of objects to add/remove/alter their functionality and then the whole application is saved as an image of that object graph after you're done
 
i've looked at objective C
its hideous
well, just very very verbose.
 
user55340
10:52 PM
And... you think that small talk is better?
 
@MattD It's not so bad.
 
i havent looked at it yet
if i have to use objective C i cheat and use objective-C++
 
@MichaelT easier environment? pffft, I suspect I'd like the language, but does Objective-C have you editing your application while it runs in an IDE built around it?
 
@JimmyHoffa not really
 
user55340
@JimmyHoffa the thing is the application and the IDE are separate. This is a good thing.
 
10:54 PM
It's pretty hard to compare the development environment of anything to that of a SmallTalk
 
| rectangles aPoint collisions |
rectangles := OrderedCollection
with: (Rectangle left: 0 right: 10 top: 100 bottom: 200)
with: (Rectangle left: 10 right: 10 top: 110 bottom: 210).
aPoint := Point x: 20 y: 20.
collisions := rectangles select: [:aRect | aRect containsPoint: aPoint]
 
user55340
In SmallTalk, its possible to have running code that you cannot get the sources to.
 
example of Smalltalk
@MichaelT WAT
 
@MichaelT yes yes, I know
the old image-based programming danger
 
user55340
@WorldEngineer You can patch the code, serlize it to disk, deseralize it, and have something that never existed as actual source files.
 
10:55 PM
but whatever, that's why you save the damn sources as non-image based formats
it's not like it's an unsolvable problem, it's one of those quirks of SmallTalk that you could do that and other languages really couldn't, doesn't mean you can't protect yourself from it by saving more reasonably.
people like to mention it as "oo scary!" just because other languages can't have that
 
psr
Anyway, code hipsters are so over source files.
 
user55340
@WorldEngineer That's not much less verbose than objective C.
 
@MichaelT entirely my point
 
@MichaelT SmallTalk and Objective-C are very similar
 
user55340
objective C borrows much of its syntax from SmallTalk.
 
10:58 PM
along with its object model and typing
 
user55340
And the dynamically typed message passing system...
 
ok now that we all admit to knowing that... let's all admit as well that Objective-C didn't get the really cool IDE ;P
 
user55340
@JimmyHoffa I kind of like XCode...
 
@JimmyHoffa Xcode's not bad
 
I've heard this as well, but still... not the same.
Editing your application while it's running by just walking it's object-graph to find the object you want to change, and seeing your changes just apply automatically... that shits cool.
 
user55340
10:59 PM
No... the SmallTalk IDE is something all togther... smalltalk.
 
SmallTalk basically invented the first and only GUI REPL
 

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