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  • Select Case behavior

    I don't recall, honestly, and I don't have a copy of VB to test it out. Anyway, the only documentation I could find seems to indicate that that was not the intended behavior anyway.

    As for C, no, it never behaved that way. C maps the case labels (which must be integer constants) in  jump tables and obviously throws a fit if one of the labels is duplicated.

    Just out of curiosity, I cannot figure out the advantage of using that particular artifact. Care to elaborate?

  • //Build/ Conference is Sold out???

    ,Bass wrote

    @Blue Ink:

    Windows XP has been around for how long now (and still the most popular Windows)? It's not updated save for serious security holes these days.

    There isn't an exact number as not all the XP users are using the same bits. I'd say that the majority run XP SP3, so that's roughly three years. Much less if you consider security patches which I don't see a good reason to brush off lightly.

    As about the rest of your post, I must have misunderstood you somewhere along the lines... it seems you went from claiming that we would get to use Microsoft software for free to some other company maintaining it (for free, of course) to this just being a temporary measure until everybody takes the open platform pill (which is also a painless, quick and inexpensive process).

    Unless someone uncovered a technology or a spell that makes huge costs dissolve, that would be a bloodbath, but you know that.

  • //Build/ Conference is Sold out???

    ,Bass wrote


    Incorrect. If Microsoft disappeared you'd still have Microsoft software. You'd just have it without the perceptual license fees on software who's cost of development has been paid for several hundred (thousand?) times over.

    Sounds like a win to me.

    Not really. If Microsoft disappeared you could keep using its software as it isnow. And it will rot much faster than you can even possibly think about porting your solutions to a different platform. Seriously, would you use today an OS as it was originally developed - say - five years ago (as in no patches nor service packs)? What about developer tools?

    Also, I don't know how you calculated that multiple, and I don't have a figure to give. What I know, though, is that supporting and maintaining any non trivial software over its entire lifetime often costs several times the original cost of development; I would be surprised if Windows were any different.

  • California..​.

    +1 for the Santa Barbara area; aside of the beach, the Los Padres National Forest provides some amazing scenic routes.

  • Windows 8 : Zune SOftware or Media Player ? I want ONE app

    Adding components to Windows that are not under the direct control of Microsoft is just asking for trouble...rember Imaging or, more recently, HyperTerminal?

  • Internet Explorer story was bogus

    An IQ of 85 is by definition 1 SD below the mean, and only about 16% of a normally distributed population can have a score lower than that.

    I was pondering how you could possibly take about 40% of the sample (that's IE market share, according to wikipedia) and still get an "average in the lower 80's" when I happened to read the actual study. Should have read it first, starting from the Conclusions; I would have saved some time.

  • Internet Explorer story was bogus

    Actually, it cuts both ways; creating an application that is intuitive and easy to use even for people in the lowest percentiles is not trivial and is the highest accomplishment of any UX designer.

    Posted from IE (IE10pp2, just for the heck of it)

  • Lightswitch RTM

    @spivonious: I don't see why you should get flamed... the good old "if it ain't broke don't fix it" trumps any other consideration IMHO.

  • Do you find yourself straying from the .Net world?

    I don't believe in "the shift", as you call it... not hiding my head in the sand, but you tend to get a different perspective when you are involved day-to-day in maintaining old stuff (and I really mean old). We may be in for something new, evolutionary or revolutionary, time will tell, but whatever happens in the next few months, it will be years before it starts to matter. At least to me.

    If anything, I have started being more selective in the list of stuff I am willing to study. I'm a sucker for new techology and languages in particular, but I'm not willing to put in the canonical 10,000 hours until their future is clear. And for what it's worth, JS didn't make it above the "if and when" bar yet.

  • "None of us at Microsoft can say anything until //build/ in September."

    @magicalclick: with a little luck, by the time HTML7 is final I'll be ready to expatriate.

    To Mars.