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Is Ruby On Rails Losing Steam?

MrBandersnatch Whats the alternative then? (291 comments)

I still would find myself hard pressed to select a language and framework that would get a vanilla CRUD based site or backend up and running as quickly as one can with RoR.

Python/Django is heading there but I find Python to be less productive as a language and I've shot myself in the foot a few times due to whitespace issues (especially when refactoring). MS languages are a no-no until they bite the bullet and officially support *nix based system; Java ... shoot me; Scala .. shoot me twice! (and then once more for mercy), Go just doesn't have the productivity benefits, although I'd stand being convinced there; nodejs ... good in the early stages but I find that maintainability suffers as applications scale; PHP/Laravel ... well again, maybe, I've not really looked.

I actually do not like Rails I should also mention - rather than refine the framework it has become a bloated mixed bag of goodies much like the paradigms it replaced, so I would be genuinely interested in opinions on the alternatives.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Rapid Development Language To Learn Today?

MrBandersnatch I'm a Ruby guy but... (466 comments)

sorry there is no one-size fits all solution. The *closest* is Javascript and client-side development isn't that painfull these days but its still Javscript and WILL bite you on the ass.

So I'd say it boils down to either Python or Ruby + Javascript and if I'm honest, I'd say Python has the edge in terms of general applicability. I *personally* prefer the Ruby language, but that's not what you're asking. Breaking it down:

Server side, backend = Python+Django OR Ruby+Rails if you want to get stuff done and stay sane. Ruby should be considered Linux only server side, but then server-side should be considered *nix only. Node works but...its javascript.
Server side Scripting = Python/Ruby are both sensible choices. I prefer Ruby as a language but Python is a safer choice given the library support and performance. The exception is server/cloud management for which Ruby still has an edge (debatable, I know).
GUI/Desktop Clients, Python + QT. Great combination. Its possible to use QT with Ruby, it just doesnt feel right though.
OSX/IoS/Android - Ruby/Rubymotion. Really, really nice if you're developing for the Apple side. Android support is early days.
Browser - Javascript + Framework + UI components of choice. Learn javascript, one framework and one set of UI components and you're set. Well, until you need something a bit different....but its Javascript.

BTW I said I'm a Ruby guy but I've 10 years of Python experience. If the project is suitable though I'm more productive with Ruby (with 18 months experience) but it really is a case of the right tool for the right job.

about 7 months ago

NSA Says It Foiled Plot To Destroy US Economy Through Malware

MrBandersnatch Re:Guys seriously please dont hate us! (698 comments)

I thought it was odd too untli I read the article and realised they were not talking about a real threat, they were talking about an analysts scenario. To quote:

"One of our analysts actually saw that the nation state had the intention to develop and to deliver — to actually use this capability — to destroy computers."

So basically this is a fear-mongering story since if the country in question had had the intention and capability to deploy such an attack, it would have been SUCCESSFUL. Only a small proportion on PCs would have been "fixed" if they had "worked with computer manufacturers".

They really do think everyone is stupid don't they?

about a year ago

Under the Hood of SteamOS

MrBandersnatch Re:Only nVidia? (201 comments)

"Once AMD decides to make drivers that work"...haha. hahahahaha. hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha! hahaha!

Oh, lord that was funny; thank you. (Sorry I had flash backs to the early naughtys reading that).

about a year ago

Dial 00000000 To Blow Up the World

MrBandersnatch Windows could have blown up the world! (306 comments)

For a long time as I recall Windows 95, (or was it 2000/XP?) used a string of zeros as the key....that could have been really nasty!

about a year ago

Why Is Microsoft Setting More Money On Fire With Surface 2?

MrBandersnatch Re:It looks fantastic! (616 comments)

Aye, it looks great. Once it runs Linux I'll buy one.

about a year ago

Xbox One's HDMI Pass-Through Can Connect PS4, PCs and More

MrBandersnatch *sigh* Yet no PVR capabilities. (171 comments)

The ability to use the XBone as a PVR would have been a significant feather in MSs cap; instead they are trying to sell the most minor of features.

The XBone is boned.

about a year ago

Linking Mass Extinctions To the Sun's Journey In the Milky Way

MrBandersnatch Re:Intergalactic space (199 comments)

Peter F Hamilton if I recall but I can't remember the book/series...

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Are 'Rock Star' Developers a Necessity?

MrBandersnatch Re:Relative (356 comments)

Heh, I spent a year cleaning up after the last "10x" developer. 10x the productivity, 10x the bugs.

about a year ago

Can a Japanese AI Get Into University?

MrBandersnatch Re:FYI, Todai (91 comments)

And to add to the FYI:

Ai is a girls name, and a word meaning either "love" or "indigo" depending on the context. Hence for the people calling this an "ai-bot"...thats something *completely* different.

And slashdot STILL doesnt support unicode :/

about a year and a half ago

Book Review: Eloquent JavaScript: a Modern Introduction To Programming

MrBandersnatch Re:Oh dear. (107 comments)

Almost but not quite: I've been working with CoffeeScript which "compiles" to JavaScript and combined with JQuery its actually nice to work with....as long as one remembers to be exacting in commenting method parameter and return types. Exacting...

about a year and a half ago

An Interesting Look At the Performance of JavaScript On Mobile Devices

MrBandersnatch Re:Chek your speling (157 comments)

"Spelling isn't important when writing. Thats what the word processor is for!"....."lol"

You're me at 13 aren't you? :)

about a year and a half ago

Maybe Steve Ballmer Doesn't Deserve the Hate

MrBandersnatch Culture of fear? (240 comments)

I *hear* that MS has a culture of fear, where lower levels are basically expected to kowtow to the management line. A company without dissent and an environment where employees can air and discuss their opinions is VERY bad since decision making then lays in the hands of the select few, and when mistakes are being made, people are prevented from even pointing out those mistakes.

So far we've seen the disasters of Surface pro, Windows 8 metro, XBone, and I'm sure there are others I'm missing. That a company could have such a litany of product disasters suggests that the culture doesn't exist where *innovative & good* products can be made anymore (MS does have good products but these tend to be either their mainstays e.g. office, rebadged hardware).

The blame for this *has* to rest at the top.

about a year and a half ago

Giving GNOME 3 a GNOME 2 Look

MrBandersnatch As someone who uses GNOME 3... (181 comments)

I dont understand the problems that people have with it. I spent an hours learning it, I kept an open mind and ended up really liking it.

That said - 90% of what I do requires a shell so maybe Im missing something....

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Node.js vs. JEE/C/C++/.NET In the Enterprise?

MrBandersnatch Re:Just say NO (304 comments)

Interesting, would you care to expand?

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Node.js vs. JEE/C/C++/.NET In the Enterprise?

MrBandersnatch Re: I think..Typescript is the answer (304 comments)

I hate JavaScript but I've been using CoffeeScript for a project and I've been reasonably impressed at how it removes many of the worse parts of JS - how does TypeScript differ/improve on Coffee?

about a year and a half ago

UK Steps Up the Search For Alien Life

MrBandersnatch Re: NASA (119 comments)

Funnily enough, so were the satellite, mobile phone, trips to the moon, voyages to the bottom of the sea etc.

Now if the OP had referred to "Type" rather than level, he would have been referencing the Kardashev scale which is a genuine metric...the fact that it might we have evidence of only a single civilization to measure using that metric is immaterial.

about a year and a half ago

Silicon Valley In 2013 Resembles Logan's Run In 2274

MrBandersnatch Re:Obligatory Primer Quote: (432 comments)

As a 41 year old (software) engineer...I sort of wish that were true.

about a year and a half ago


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