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  • Why do some people not like .Net framework.

    TommyCarlier wrote:
    Imekon, how old are you? I think a lot of people here would agree that you sound pretty ignorant on the subject of .NET.


    Rephrased to sound less like a personal attack (made me wince when I read it):

    Imekon, how much programming experience do you have? 



    Imekon is asking about NET because he doesn't have experience with it.

    Herbie

  • Nice Vids Rory

    Tominator2005 wrote:
    Hey Rory,

    hows it going?

    Your vidoes rock!

    XNA looks totally cool!

    Im a developer too ( Haven't written anything cool )
    The last app I wrote was for a college project that sorted out
    football team scores in VB6, but I think .NET is totally cool.

    I'd like to become a professional programmer but in good old Sheffield, UK there arnt many IT positions available and the ones that are, require at least 2 - 5 yrs experience.

    But back to what I was saying, keep up the good work Rory!



    Lack of programming jobs is a similar story in the West Midlands.
    I move up from Hampshire at the start of this year.  Tons of jobs in Hampshore/Bershire, but took nearly a year to find a decent one in Shropshire/South Cheshire

    Keep looking, there are a few good jobs around. Good luck.

    Herbie

  • Why do some people not like .Net framework.

    Memory management in NET is non-intuitive.

    NET doesn't free memory immediately (for speed) so the memory usage appears to bloat very quickly. If memory is in short supply, NET will free it's unused memory.  If memory is not in short supply, NET will appear to chew through it at a rapid rate, as it allocates new memory without fully clearing freed memory.

    The point is that it doesn't matter if NET uses memory that's not needed elsewhere; it would only sit there unused.

    We had exactly this issue with a customer who complained that our .NET windows services showed ever-increasing memory consumption.  They were running on dedicated servers, so there was no competition for the memory.

    As an aside: If there are multiple .NET applications running on the same machine, does the framework share the memory allocations between them? Does this make for more efficient memory usage when there are multiple NET apps?

    As a developer, NET is attractive as it's easly to move to from unmanaged C++.

    Most development I have done in my career is similar -- database driven business applications -- and I have never needed to use calls to the windows API more that twice in 4 years. imekon is writing fairly minority appications (there aren't as many apps that use MIDI compared to database apps) so I would say that for Delphi to support the MIDI API is lucky; most frameworks would have not bothered for pragmatic, business reasons.

    Yes, Delphi is productive, but Pascal is still a minority language and business will not want to pay the cost of re-training it's developers. For example its been 12 years since I used Pascal -- I could probably read it, but developing it would be painful without training. Moving to C# took about two weeks (including the basics of the framework library).

    The whole framework download issue will go away over time as it is now included in the OS install.  This is exactly what happened with VB runtime DLLs.


    My 2p worth.

    Herbie

  • Sven Groot, MSc.

    Congratulations, Sven.
    Take a holiday and bask in the glow of success. It's a good feeling.

    Herbie

  • Smartest Niner

    SecretSoftware wrote:
    

    you have to give criteria for evaluation.



    Biologists/psychologists have been trying to give criteria for evaluating intelligence for decades. Haven't managed it yet.

    I say we go for something measurable, like how many mashmallows you can stuff into your mouth at once. It's probably as good a measure as anything else. Tongue Out

    Herbie

  • Smartest Niner

    jsampsonPC wrote:
    
    Dr Herbie wrote: Well, Rory already delcared himself the smartest man in the world, so I suppose it's him. 

    If you can believe a word he says.

    Herbie


    Rory didn't declare himself that, I believe it was actually Carl Franklin who did Rory didn't object


    Yeah, Rory says it was someone else ... Big Smile:D:D

    Herbie

  • Smartest Niner

    Well, Rory already delcared himself the smartest man in the world, so I suppose it's him. 

    If you can believe a word he says. Smiley

    Herbie

  • Best Dressed Niner

    jsampsonPC wrote:
    
    Cornelius Ellsonpeter wrote: I vote for Rory. You?


    Poor guy, did you really think this was a valid question? Of course Rory gets it. He also wins:

    1. Softest Skin
    2. Most Aroma-listic
    3. Sits closest to Erik
    4. Smallest, Big-Nosed, Opinionated Man of Slightly French Descent


    and don't forget,
     5. Best Niner named Rory Blyth

    Herbie (winner of 'Best Herbie from Edinburgh' category).

  • RSS Readers

    I use RSS Bandit because it minimises to the task bar, pops up messages when feeds update and it's free.

    That's pretty much all I need of an RSS reader. Smiley

    Herbie

  • The Limited Resources in Windows.

    SecretSoftware wrote:
     When will we be able to have more than 65536 ports in a machine?


    When will we need 65536 ports on a machine?


    Herbie

    Don't you just love answering a question with a question? Tongue Out