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Bass Bass Knows the way the wind is flowing.
  • A new Microsoft indeed!

    Nice. It has a lot of potential. Very slick modern UI and quite fast. Even though it was based on the same technology, it appeared to me to be a faster then Atom. Actually outside of like Vim/Emacs one of the fastest/most responsive IDEs I've played with. The autocomplete for Python was awful though.

  • Status on Project Astoria



    Love the commit message though.

  • Windows 10 + 4K Monitor - Painful


  • Does the Surface Book have Apple quaking in their boots already?

    , MasterPi wrote


    We support both Windows and OS X, and devs need both for cross platform testing. Majority of devs use Windows/VS, and of those who use OS X primarily for development it's less Xcode and more terminal/UNIXy stuff. 

    The terminal/UNIXy stuff is probably Emacs or Vi[m]. I would say they are arguably the leaders for development on all UNIX/UNIX-like systems incl. OS X. They have been the defacto leading general purpose coding environments for 35+ years if not longer and are likely to remain so for millennia, latte-drinking 100% JavaScript IDEs or massive enterprise IDEs be damned. Neither able to snuff out the other locked in a endless holy war. XCode is kinda there for visual pointy-clicky development for Cocoa, not as a general purpose IDE.

    , MasterPi wrote


    That's also because Ruby sucks on Windows, at least the last time I used it (~2012) - it felt like you were using the debug version of the libraries.

    Does Ruby even have a place in today's landscape? I've seen it used in combination with Rake for maintenance routines. Node.js seems to be everywhere these days, and I can't see why I'd choose RoR over Node.js/Express, unless it's to scaffold a throwaway prototype. And then for scripting, there's python, PS, bash, perl, etc. What's its purpose beyond being yet another language?

    Ruby IMO is a far better designed language then JavaScript, and quite frankly the best designed dynamic language I've ever used. There is still lots of RoR stuff out there even though node.js ate most of its niche. Then you have the whole data center automation stuff, Puppet and Chef. Ruby lends itself well to the kind of declarative/functional specifications those solutions use. At the most basic level you can make Ruby look not more complex then the config file but still have the power of a full language when needed, which makes it great for DSLs.

  • Does the Surface Book have Apple quaking in their boots already?

    , TexasToast wrote

    @Bass: So lets take a poll.  How many people like using Apple for development of applications over Microsoft Visual Studio?  Is it more enjoyable and fun?  Can you solve the same problem easier on a Apple product than a windows product? 


    Many such polls already exist. When I was a .NET developer, I thought Visual Studio was the center of the universe, I was not even familiar with many other IDEs that I'm familiar with now. This is a result of something called systemic bias. Different communities have different systemic biases. Perhaps Python developers tend to like PyCharm a lot (my preferred IDE also), followed by Vim and Emacs. The reason Visual Studio is even on that list is because VS's Python support is essentially first class. If you ask Ruby developers I'm sure VS wouldn't even be considered.

  • Does the Surface Book have Apple quaking in their boots already?

    , spivonious wrote

    @Bass: That's a valid point, but I see a lot of MacBook Pros running Windows 7. I think a lot of people buy it because Apple = high quality, not because they want OS X.

    Systemic bias.  You are a .NET developer and probably hang out with people who are more likely to use Windows. There is added hassle and cost to using Windows on Apple products, and there is plenty of high quality laptops with Windows already paid for and preinstalled.

  • Does the Surface Book have Apple quaking in their boots already?

    I think it's pretty good gadget for a first try. It's a very nice looking laptop and the price while high is not really unreasonable. Definitely not going to make Apple quake in their boots though. It's really the software that forms the core of what people interact with in a computer. In the end of the day it's still running Windows, and the experience while better is not going to be fundamentally different from what you can buy at $200.

    There are many fancy Windows laptops with great designs and powerful hardware. But one fact that that separates Apple from all the other OEMs is Apple is the only mainstream OEM on the market that sells laptops with a different operating system.

    Offering an alternative to Windows is the key to their success, not their hardware design. Hardware is easy to copy and they would have gone bankrupt long ago if they where just anther Windows OEM.

  • Windows 10 Update in the Wild

    , magicalclick wrote


    Will, I thought Pro version has the ability to not update at all? Maybe I am wrong.

    I use the Pro version it lets me schedule an update but there is no option to decline. You can probably turn off updates entirely with a firewall rule (DROP *.microsoft.com) or a registry mod but what people want I think is a middle ground.

  • x86 Android devices able to run Windows apps ...

    , wkempf wrote

    do Android devices support mice at all?

    Yup. Also because this is written for Android, it will likely also work on ChromeOS which brings in a huge # of potential desktops and laptops.

    , waienkw wrote

    only a few selected Windows apps can work with this software.

    Which include Office, Photoshop/Adobe CS, huge # of AAA games, very complex Win32 apps basically. Not all Win32 APIs are implemented, but doesn't operate under a whitelist, these are just things that Codeweavers tests. You can have it run any .EXE file. I've had good experience with simple apps, the kind of thing you might find internally in an organization.

  • Windows 10 Update in the Wild

    , cheong wrote

    @BitFlipper: I don't know, maybe the developer worked this feature also think it does not make sense too, but do it despite of what he/she think because it's his/her work.

    I've personally seen noone outside Microsoft who think this is not a problem.

    That feels when you have to code up something that you know is a horrible mistake.