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Ask Slashdot: Is an Open Source .NET Up To the Job?

curmudgeon99 Re:Why bother? (421 comments)

Fair enough. With MEB 2014, I sent genuitec a few nastygrams over their decision to punt on SVN support. I'm there with you. But I did get it to work well and you can always use Tortoise--that's what my team uses. Do you do a commit every 15 minutes?

As for your troubles with WebSphere--well, that pig is something I have been able to jettison many times for all the alternatives so if you're still stuck with WebSphere you have your own set of problems.

Also, frankly, I think you are being sandbagged if people can claim that 25% of their time daily is waiting for MEB. I think, frankly, that has to be bullshit--they are exaggerating.

Also, if you have to leave MEB, then there is the fabulous free Spring Tool Suite which does lots of what MEB does. I understand that, technically, .NET can connect to any database vendor's driver. But you also know that when you're in a MS shop you end up--because of support and tools such a VS--end up being a 100% MS shop. It just happens. I doubt MSDN is going to give you oodles of pointers on how to configure .NET and solve esoteric problems on Postgres, MySQL or Oracle. It's not in their best interest to support the competition. So, bottom line, the decision to become an MS shop is a higher cost point and so fewer and fewer shops are choosing that. I look back on my decision in 1999 to become a Java fiend as the best decision I ever made and I stand by that assessment to this day. The last product I worked professionally on that came from Microsoft was VB6 and it constantly fucked up. Certainly, your mileage may vary but I have found my salary spiraling up and up without end because I know Java and the JEE ecosystem and its many open-sourced brethren so well.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is an Open Source .NET Up To the Job?

curmudgeon99 Re: Why bother? (421 comments)

So, you're saying you're okay with those Tech CEOs bypassing you with your McDonald's skills

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is an Open Source .NET Up To the Job?

curmudgeon99 Re:Why bother? (421 comments)

Rick, I just upgrade my team to MyEclipse 2015 and we have not had any problems. What problems did you see?

As for database connections and the price of any given database, I consider that orthogonal to this discussion, as you can in the Java world choose to use any DB you like, including SQL Server.

My experience--albeit limited--in the .NET space is that Microsoft tools have an affinity for Microsoft-built comrades. If I'm not mistaken, I believe Sharepoint requires SQL Server.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is an Open Source .NET Up To the Job?

curmudgeon99 Re: Why bother? (421 comments)

If you need help getting some counseling, I'm here for you.

Denial is a tough row to hoe but I'm sure, with therapy, you can make the transition to another language. There's always PHP or Python if the thought of finally breaking down and learning Java is too painful for you. Or perhaps Go or Hack might offer an easier transition for you...

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is an Open Source .NET Up To the Job?

curmudgeon99 Re:Why bother? (421 comments)

I understand all about Mono but the monkey is still, after three major versions, missing huge chunks of what .NET purports to do, such as complete support for WF 2.0 and any real support for WPF. I understand what a pain it must be to work against the beast from Redmond with the monkey but you know as well as the rest of us that in Mono you are working on another Symbian.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is an Open Source .NET Up To the Job?

curmudgeon99 Re:Why bother? (421 comments)

No, but you know as well as I do that to use the Microsoft ecosystem you inevitably get sucked into running an all-Microsoft stack.
Can you point me to the Linux or Mac version of SQLServer?

Can you point me to the Linux or Mac version of IIS?

I'm waiting...

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is an Open Source .NET Up To the Job?

curmudgeon99 Re: Why bother? (421 comments)

You know there are support groups out there that can help you with your grief about the immanent collapse of the .NET ecosystem.

Even Microsoft has orphaned you by going with HTML5 and JavaScript for Metro interfaces.

Java is the one. Going on about how nice Visual Studio is to work in is like telling us how nice the deck chairs were on the Titanic. It's too late, friend. Sure, .NET will live on in pockets of diehard iconclasts until finally even they--like Japanese soliders on deserted islands, thinking that WWII was still being fought--wake up to the fact that .NET is a dead man walking. Mono is dead. .NET is the Zune and Java is the iPod.

Can't you see the writing on the wall? Starting to open source .NET? That's a desperate Hail Mary ploy by MS to try to resurrect that corpse called .NET. It's dying and you need to get over your denial, and your anger and get on with the bargaining, depression and acceptance.

Remember that CEO who said CEO Friday: Why we don’t hire .NET programmers. Don't worry, you don't have to click on that link, I'll quote the relevant part for you:

...Everything, that is, but .NET.

Now let me clarify — .NET is a dandy language. It’s modern, it’s fancy, it’s got all the bells and whistles. And if you’re doing Windows Mobile 7 apps (which the stats suggest you aren’t), it’s your only choice. But choosing .NET is a choice, and whenever anybody does it, I can’t help but ask “why?”
Don’t get me wrong: .NET on your resume isn’t an instant showstopper. But it will definitely raise questions during the phone screen, for reasons that are best explained by simile:

Programming with .NET is like cooking in a McDonalds kitchen. It is full of amazing tools that automate absolutely everything. Just press the right button and follow the beeping lights, and you can churn out flawless 1.6 oz burgers faster than anybody else on the planet.

However, if you need to make a 1.7 oz burger, you simply can’t. There’s no button for it. The patties are pre-formed in the wrong size. They start out frozen so they can’t be smushed up and reformed, and the thawing machine is so tightly integrated with the cooking machine that there’s no way to intercept it between the two. A McDonalds kitchen makes exactly what’s on the McDonalds menu — and does so in an absolutely foolproof fashion. But it can’t go off the menu, and any attempt to bend the machine to your will just breaks it such that it needs to be sent back to the factory for repairs.

Instead, we look for a very different sort of person....

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is an Open Source .NET Up To the Job?

curmudgeon99 Re:Why bother? (421 comments)

Because the .NET stack is inherantly more expensive. The tools cost big bugs, it requires a Microsoft server and will only run on SQLServer. All of the Java tools we use are free--every last one--and we run it on CentOS Linux servers. Finally, all our staff is Java oriented.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is an Open Source .NET Up To the Job?

curmudgeon99 Re:Why bother? (421 comments)

Not true.
Monster:

  • NYC: 134 jobs Java, 74 .NET
  • Chicago: 59 jobs Java , 45 jobs .NET
  • San Francisco, CA: 116 jobs Java, 16 jobs .NET
  • Seattle: 38 jobs Java, 35 jobs .NET
  • Redmond, WA: 39 jobs Java, 32 jobs .NET

Dice

  • NYC: 863 jobs Java, 330 jobs .NET
  • Chicago: 293 jobs Java, 197 jobs .NET
  • San Francisco: 512 jobs Java, 115 jobs .NET
  • Seattle: 301 jobs Java, 74 jobs .NET
  • Redmond, WA: 13 jobs Java, 34 jobs .NET

So, ONLY on Dice and ONLY in Redmond, WA--Microsoft's home--are there more .NET jobs than Java. Everywhere else Java kills .NET.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is an Open Source .NET Up To the Job?

curmudgeon99 Re:Why bother? (421 comments)

Java is killing it all around the United States. My company just had me rewrite a series of apps to remove the entire MS stack from .NET to SQLServer.

about a month ago
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Piracy Police Chief Calls For State Interference To Stop Internet "Anarchy"

curmudgeon99 Re:The "City of London" - A Lawless Square Mile (302 comments)

The City of London is indeed the heart of tax evasion. It directs tax evasion around the world.
You are absolutely a liar. I direct you to this Guardian story that explicitly states that as a fact.
You ridiculous comments about the Freemasons, etc is subterfuge trying to hide with disinformation the precise fact that the City of London is a world center of lawless scumbaggery and its apologists like you are the worst sort on the planet.

To us, it's an obscure shift of tax law. To the City, it's the heist of the century In David Cameron we have a leader whose job is to quietly legitimise a semi-criminal, money-laundering economy
Quote: But I've just read Nicholas Shaxson's Treasure Islands – perhaps the most important book published in the UK so far this year – and now I'm not so sure. Shaxson shows how the world's tax havens have not, as the OECD claims, been eliminated, but legitimised; how the City of London is itself a giant tax haven, which passes much of its business through its subsidiary havens in British dependencies, overseas territories and former colonies; how its operations mesh with and are often indistinguishable from the laundering of the proceeds of crime; and how the Corporation of the City of London in effect dictates to the government, while remaining exempt from democratic control.

Further evidence: The tax haven in the heart of Britain

"What they sell is escape: from the laws, rules and taxes of jurisdictions elsewhere, usually with secrecy as their prime offering. The notion of elsewhere (hence the term "offshore") is central. The Cayman Islands' tax and secrecy laws are not designed for the benefit of the 50,000-odd Caymanians, but help wealthy people and corporations, mostly in the US and Europe, get around the rules of their own democratic societies. The outcome is one set of rules for a rich elite and another for the rest of us."

about 4 months ago
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Piracy Police Chief Calls For State Interference To Stop Internet "Anarchy"

curmudgeon99 The "City of London" - A Lawless Square Mile (302 comments)

That is certainly rich. The "City of London" is a lawless square mile in the center of London that is not subject to the laws of England. It is the center of all the tax evasion secrecy jurisdictions around the world. If you think of the rampant and lawless tax evasion that goes on in places such as the Cayman Islands, Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, the Channel Islands of Guernsey, Isle of Man and Jersey, they are all directed from this cesspool of lawless behavior known as the City of London.
For context I direct you to the magnificent book by Nicholas Shaxton called Treasure Islands: Uncovering the Damage of Offshore Banking and Tax Havens . But don't stop there. Further evidence of the vile and lawless damage the City of London does to the world:

about 4 months ago
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Exxon and Russian Operation Discovers Oil Field Larger Than the Gulf of Mexico

curmudgeon99 Exxon Wants To Kill The Planet (201 comments)

Exxon care so little about this planet and so much about their own profit that they don't give a damn if they kill off the planet, as long as they get theirs. Bastards.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Service To Digitize VHS Home Movies?

curmudgeon99 CostCO (130 comments)

Take them to CostCo. They digitized some movies I had taken in Russia in 1997 and they looked great.

about 5 months ago
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Silicon Valley Fights Order To Pay Bigger Settlement In Tech Talent Hiring Case

curmudgeon99 Re:good plan (200 comments)

My experience is they never think creatively. They can come up with one solution and if that does not fly for some reason, they are toast.
I have worked with a few who were okay but with so many who were just not that bright.

Finally, you need to watch your correct use of the English language, guy. When I saw "rote" instead of the correct "wrote", it was hard to take your ideas seriously. Just sayin'...

about 5 months ago
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Silicon Valley Fights Order To Pay Bigger Settlement In Tech Talent Hiring Case

curmudgeon99 Re:Punitive Damages? (200 comments)

Damn well said.

about 5 months ago
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Silicon Valley Fights Order To Pay Bigger Settlement In Tech Talent Hiring Case

curmudgeon99 Re:good plan (200 comments)

I have yet to meet a unionized engineer.
When I worked for Bloomberg in New York City, they were constantly firing international employees for theft of intellectual property. Not sure where that charge came from.
Sounds to me that your whole point is that some VC told you how to think. H-1B visa holders are only popular with people like CEOs and VC who really have no experience in the field. Working engineers know that they are wildly overrated. That's why so many companies have abandoned the use of H-1B visa holders. It is a practice valued by people who really don't have any experience in the field. They think it's a good value but in fact it's a myth. Tata produces terrible engineers. They pretend they're going to send experienced engineers here but the people that companies actually get are unexperienced and come here expecting to be trained by US engineers. Then, they produce terrible work and US engineers have to silently rewrite it. I say "silently" because management doesn't want to hear that fact because they want to push the fiction that they're saving money. So, then, the cycle continues where management believes it's saving money while domestic engineers have to actually rewrite the crappy code produced by Tata. I have seen this play out in several companies, especially ones located in NYC.

about 5 months ago
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Silicon Valley Fights Order To Pay Bigger Settlement In Tech Talent Hiring Case

curmudgeon99 Re:there is nothing 'fair' about this (200 comments)

Obviously someone does not know that we in America have a law called the Sherman Anti-Trust Act that has been on the books for over 100 years. Please take your Ayn Rand fantasies into some right wing hothouse where you belong, "Lucky One". Or better yet: Pah-shole na hooey.

about 5 months ago
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Silicon Valley Fights Order To Pay Bigger Settlement In Tech Talent Hiring Case

curmudgeon99 Re:Who cares if they pay $0 (200 comments)

Clearly a lie motivated by your politics. The entire case would not exist without the attorneys working on it for contigency fees. Then, at worst, the attorneys get 1/3. That means the class-action defendents will get 2/3rds of whatever is recovered. Then, going forward, every engineer in the United States will benefit in perpetuity by the increased salaries that are an absolute result of this.
If any companies had wanted to expatriate, they would have already done so. They stay in an expensive place such as Silicon Valley precisely because of the quality of the talent there.

about 5 months ago
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Silicon Valley Fights Order To Pay Bigger Settlement In Tech Talent Hiring Case

curmudgeon99 Re:good plan (200 comments)

Many US companies have tried moving overseas, only to see that it's ineffective. Offshoring is not new. If it were the panacea that you're implying, every single company would have already done it--but that hasn't happened. For the same reason, most startups occur in the United States. You are just pushing a political opinion that is not based on any facts or reality.

about 5 months ago

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It's Official: Silverlight is Dead

curmudgeon99 curmudgeon99 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

curmudgeon99 writes "Windows 8 makes Silverlight Microsoft's uneaten dog food: moldy crap that will be kept around only until somebody in Redmond gets around to throwing it out. Silverlight is dead and gone. Microsoft won't support it anymore"
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MacBookAir{ :brick = '2 drops water'}

curmudgeon99 curmudgeon99 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

curmudgeon99 (1040054) writes "MacBook Air, 11", 3 weeks old. Two drops coffee on the keyboard => catastrophic system failure and total loss including entire "hard" drive, which consists of flash chips naked on the motherboard, which is located at the bottom of an aluminum bathtub where liquid will naturally collect.

2 drops => MacBook Air brick.

The motherboard with the entire hard drive sits naked at the bottom of the aluminum bathtub that is the case. They cannot put a proper shield between the keyboard and the innards because they need it open for cooling, another consequence of the design choice of an aluminum bucket. The MacBook Air is a beautifully designed curiosity that is not fit for real-world use, in my opinion."
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Radio Frequency Allows Salt Water To Burn!

curmudgeon99 curmudgeon99 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

curmudgeon99 writes "A researcher has found a way to use a radio-frequency generator to allow salt water to burn. Apparently, the radio waves weaken the bond that hold the hydrogen atom in the water molecule. As long as the radio waves are maintained, the effect persists. [Recall that this bond is normally broken using Electrolysis, which takes a lot of energy to achieve]."
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H1-B Visa Day Of Reckoning Nigh

curmudgeon99 curmudgeon99 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

curmudgeon99 writes "Tech bigwigs fail to convince Congress to open the floodgates on H1-B visas.

Although people like Balmer, Gates and the Googleboys tried to convince Congress to allow a lot more H1-B visas, the Democratically-controlled Congress had none of it. It appears that they are going clamp down on the abuse of the H1-B system.

Hearing the bigwigs whine about how this is worse than the status quo is a sign that the American high-tech worker just won one."

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curmudgeon99 curmudgeon99 writes  |  more than 8 years ago

curmudgeon99 writes "I taught Java around the country for several years while working as a developer. I had so many people bug me about getting copies of my lectures that I put them all up on a free googlepages website: http://curmudgeon99.googlepages.com/ If you want to learn Java or know someone who does, these are two semesters of University-Level detailed Lectures that will teach you Java from the basics up through Struts. All 100% free and to use at your hearts content. Check it out: http://curmudgeon99.googlepages.com/ I'm working on some new ones including Hibernate. If you have any question, there's a link for my email or just write to: curmudgeon99@gmail.com Thank you kindly, Tom"

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