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  • Purely technical reasons for PHP as a first choice?

    - by JoelFan
    I know this may come off as a flame-y / troll-y, but I hope you will take my word for it that it's not my intention. I am just trying to understand the PHP phenomenon. After looking at the many technical issues with the language design of PHP, I am hard pressed to find any redeeming technical advantages where PHP surpasses all other languages. Before coming to the conclusion that there would simply be no reason to choose PHP as a development language on purely technical grounds, I would like to ask, if all non-technical factors were equal (such as what language the developers already know, what languages the hosting provider offers, language of existing code, cost, license, corporate fiat, etc.), would there be any type of new software system that would indicate making PHP a first choice for development? If so, what technical advantage does PHP have over all other languages that would cause you to choose it? EDIT: I am not interested in comparing PHP "out of the box" with other languages "out of the box". If PHP has a certain feature "out of the box" that another language has only after installing some readily available add-on, that is not considered an advantage for PHP for the purposes of this question.

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  • Best way for a technical manager to stay up to date on technology

    - by JoelFan
    My manager asked for a list of technical blogs he should follow to stay current on technology. His problem is he keeps hearing terms that he hasn't heard of (i.e. NoSql, sharding, agure, sevice bus, etc.) and he would prefer to at least have a fighting chance of knowing something about them without having to be reactive and looking them up. Also I think he wants to have a big picture of all the emerging technologies and where they fit in together instead of just learning about each thing in isolation. He asked about blogs but I'm thinking print magazines may also help.

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  • Best way for a technical manager to stay up to date on technology

    - by JoelFan
    My manager asked for a list of technical blogs he should follow to stay current on technology. His problem is he keeps hearing terms that he hasn't heard of (i.e. NoSql, sharding, agure, sevice bus, etc.) and he would prefer to at least have a fighting chance of knowing something about them without having to be reactive and looking them up. Also I think he wants to have a big picture of all the emerging technologies and where they fit in together instead of just learning about each thing in isolation. He asked about blogs but I'm thinking print magazines may also help. What should I answer him?

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  • Did the developers of Java conciously abandon RAII?

    - by JoelFan
    As a long-time C# programmer, I have recently come to learn more about the advantages of Resource Acquisition Is Initialization (RAII). In particular, I have discovered that the C# idiom: using (my dbConn = new DbConnection(connStr) { // do stuff with dbConn } has the C++ equivalent: { DbConnection dbConn(connStr); // do stuff with dbConn } meaning that remembering to enclose the use of resources like DbConnection in a using block is unnecessary in C++ ! This seems to a major advantage of C++. This is even more convincing when you consider a class that has an instance member of type DbConnection, for example class Foo { DbConnection dbConn; // ... } In C# I would need to have Foo implement IDisposable as such: class Foo : IDisposable { DbConnection dbConn; public void Dispose() { dbConn.Dispose(); } } and what's worse, every user of Foo would need to remember to enclose Foo in a using block, like: using (var foo = new Foo()) { // do stuff with "foo" } Now looking at C# and its Java roots I am wondering... did the developers of Java fully appreciate what they were giving up when they abandoned the stack in favor of the heap, thus abandoning RAII? (Similarly, did Stroustrup fully appreciate the significance of RAII?)

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  • Is online freelance work viable by American standards?

    - by JoelFan
    I've always been curious about trying out online freelance sites... it would be nice to work from home, feel independent, get to choose what I want to work on, get to work on different technologies, lose the PHB, etc. However I never really gave them a chance because I'm used to American rates and assumed that I would be competing with people from India, Russia, China, etc. that would severely undercut me, and it wouldn't be viable for me. Am I correct in this assumption or should I give it a shot? What kind of hourly rate would I be able to expect on short-term programming work?

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  • apt-get update getting 404 on debian lenny

    - by JoelFan
    Here is my /etc/apt/sources.list ###### Debian Main Repos deb http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/ lenny main contrib non-free ###### Debian Update Repos deb http://security.debian.org/ lenny/updates main contrib non-free deb http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/ lenny-proposed-updates main contrib non-free When I do: # apt-get update I'm getting some good lines, then: Err http://ftp.us.debian.org lenny/contrib Packages 404 Not Found [IP: 35.9.37.225 80] Err http://ftp.us.debian.org lenny/non-free Packages 404 Not Found [IP: 35.9.37.225 80] Err http://ftp.us.debian.org lenny-proposed-updates/main Packages 404 Not Found [IP: 35.9.37.225 80] Err http://ftp.us.debian.org lenny-proposed-updates/contrib Packages 404 Not Found [IP: 35.9.37.225 80] Err http://ftp.us.debian.org lenny-proposed-updates/non-free Packages 404 Not Found [IP: 35.9.37.225 80] Err http://ftp.us.debian.org lenny/main Packages 404 Not Found [IP: 35.9.37.225 80] W: Failed to fetch http://security.debian.org/dists/lenny/updates/main/binary-i386/Packages 404 Not Found [IP: 149.20.20.6 80] W: Failed to fetch http://security.debian.org/dists/lenny/updates/contrib/binary-i386/Packages 404 Not Found [IP: 149.20.20.6 80] W: Failed to fetch http://security.debian.org/dists/lenny/updates/non-free/binary-i386/Packages 404 Not Found [IP: 149.20.20.6 80] W: Failed to fetch http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/dists/lenny/contrib/binary-i386/Packages 404 Not Found [IP: 35.9.37.225 80] W: Failed to fetch http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/dists/lenny/non-free/binary-i386/Packages 404 Not Found [IP: 35.9.37.225 80] W: Failed to fetch http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/dists/lenny-proposed-updates/main/binary-i386/Packages 404 Not Found [IP: 35.9.37.225 80] W: Failed to fetch http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/dists/lenny-proposed-updates/contrib/binary-i386/Packages 404 Not Found [IP: 35.9.37.225 80] W: Failed to fetch http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/dists/lenny-proposed-updates/non-free/binary-i386/Packages 404 Not Found [IP: 35.9.37.225 80] W: Failed to fetch http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/dists/lenny/main/binary-i386/Packages 404 Not Found [IP: 35.9.37.225 80] E: Some index files failed to download, they have been ignored, or old ones used instead. Now what?

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  • FULL global search on Palm Pre [closed]

    - by JoelFan
    The so-called "global search" on Palm Pre (where you start typing characters into the launcher) only finds contacts of what you're searching is the title of the contact. It won't find it if it's inside the details of the contact. How do I really globally search the contacts?

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  • scanning only works under "sudo" (Ubuntu)

    - by JoelFan
    When I try to scan, using simple-scan, the UI says Failed to scan -- Unable to connect to scanner. When I run it from the command line I get: [email protected]:/usr/bin$ simple-scan -d ** (simple-scan:6554): DEBUG: Starting Simple Scan 2.32.0.1, PID=6554 ** (simple-scan:6554): DEBUG: Restoring window to 600x400 pixels ** (simple-scan:6554): DEBUG: sane_init () -> SANE_STATUS_GOOD ** (simple-scan:6554): DEBUG: SANE version 1.0.22 ** (simple-scan:6554): DEBUG: Requesting redetection of scan devices ** (simple-scan:6554): DEBUG: Processing request ** (simple-scan:6554): DEBUG: Requesting scan at 300 dpi from device '(null)' ** (simple-scan:6554): DEBUG: scanner_scan ("(null)", 300, SCAN_SINGLE) ** (simple-scan:6554): DEBUG: sane_get_devices () -> SANE_STATUS_GOOD ** (simple-scan:6554): DEBUG: Device: name="brother2:bus4;dev1" vendor="Brother" model="MFC-210C" type="USB scanner" ** (simple-scan:6554): DEBUG: Processing request ** (simple-scan:6554): DEBUG: sane_open ("brother2:bus4;dev1") -> SANE_STATUS_IO_ERROR ** (simple-scan:6554): WARNING **: Unable to get open device: Error during device I/O FYI, I have already done: [email protected]:~$ sudo chmod a+rwx /dev/bus/usb [email protected]:~$ sudo chmod a+rwx /dev/bus/usb/* If I run under sudo: [email protected]:~$ sudo simple-scan it works. How can I get simple-scan to work without sudo?

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  • Move "XP Mode" from Windows Virtual PC to VirtualBox?

    - by JoelFan
    I installed "XP Mode" in Windows 7 (which uses Windows Virtual PC to host XP). I have now discovered that VirtualBox, which I have installed on the same Windows 7 machine, refuses to run at the same time as Windows Virtual PC (it gives me an error about not running multiple visualization programs). Is there any way I can convert the "XP Mode" image so that it will run inside VirtualBox instead of Windows Virtual PC? That way I will be able to run XP as well as other VM's at the same time.

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  • SQL server queries are really slow only on first run

    - by JoelFan
    Somewhat strange problem... when I start my .NET app for the first time after rebooting my machine, the SQL Server queries are really slow... when I pause the debugger, I notice that it's hanging on getting the response from the query. This only happens when connecting to a remote SQL server (2008)... if I connect to one on my local machine, it's fine. Also, if I restart the app, it works fast, even off the remote SQL server, and subsequent runs are also fine. The only problem is when I connect to a remote SQL server for the first time after rebooting my machine. What's more, I have even noticed this same exact behavior with a 3rd party app (also .NET) that also connects to a remote SQL server. Another piece of info... this has only started hapenning since I upgraded my machine from XP to Win7 (64 bit). Also, other developers on my team who upgraded to Win7 are seeing the same behavior (both with the app we're developing and the 3rd party .NET app). (copied from http://stackoverflow.com/questions/2014814/sql-server-queries-are-really-slow-only-on-first-run )

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  • Move "XP Mode" from Windows Virtual PC to VirtualBox?

    - by JoelFan
    I installed "XP Mode" in Windows 7 (which uses Windows Virtual PC to host XP). I have now discovered that VirtualBox, which I have installed on the same Windows 7 machine, refuses to run at the same time as Windows Virtual PC (it gives me an error about not running multiple visualization programs). Is there any way I can convert the "XP Mode" image so that it will run inside VirtualBox instead of Windows Virtual PC? That way I will be able to run XP as well as other VM's at the same time.

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  • Printing from a Linux using an Acer Aspire Netbook

    - by JoelFan
    A friend asked me to check why their Linux Acer Aspire netbook can't print to their HP printer. When I plugged in the USB cable, the a "balloon" popped up on the netbook saying it was installing the printer. But the printing does not work. I was able to get into a Settings area and click on Print Test Page but nothing happened. If it was Ubuntu, I would go into the Log File Viewer, but I couldn't find that on whatever Linux flavor the Acer is running. I couldn't even figure out how to get to a terminal (shell) window. I tried searching the HP and Acer sites but nothing seems to apply to this issue.

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  • google docs document in Hebrew and English?

    - by JoelFan
    Is there any way to have Hebrew and English in the same document in Google Docs? So far, everything I have found about multiple languages seems to assume that you want the user interface (menus, etc) and document text in the same language, and that you only want that one language. I would like the interface to stay in English but let me type Hebrew and English into the document text.

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  • gcc compile error when installing Data::Alias package from CPAN (Strawberry Perl)

    - by JoelFan
    I'm trying to install the Data::Alias package from CPAN and I'm getting compile errors from gcc. I'm on Windows Server 2008: Writing Makefile for Data::Alias cp lib/Data/Alias.pm blib\lib\Data\Alias.pm C:\strawberry\perl\bin\perl.exe "-Iinc" C:\strawberry\perl\lib\ExtUtils\xsubpp -typemap C:\strawberry\perl\lib\ExtUtils\typemap Alias.xs > Alias.xsc && C:\str awberry\perl\bin\perl.exe "-Iinc" -MExtUtils::Command -e "mv" -- Alias.xsc Alias .c gcc -c -s -O2 -DWIN32 -DHAVE_DES_FCRYPT -DUSE_SITECUSTOMIZE -DPERL_IMPL ICIT_CONTEXT -DPERL_IMPLICIT_SYS -fno-strict-aliasing -mms-bitfields -DPERL_MSVC RT_READFIX -s -O2 -DVERSION=\"1.07\" -DXS_VERSION=\"1.07\" "-IC:\str awberry\perl\lib\CORE" Alias.c Alias.xs: In function 'da_localize_gvar': Alias.xs:369: error: 'Nullsv' undeclared (first use in this function) Alias.xs:369: error: (Each undeclared identifier is reported only once Alias.xs:369: error: for each function it appears in.) Alias.xs: In function 'da_refgen': Alias.xs:376: error: 'SVt_RV' undeclared (first use in this function) Alias.xs: In function 'DataAlias_pp_rv2sv': Alias.xs:690: warning: 'PL_no_symref' is deprecated (declared at C:\strawberry\p erl\lib\CORE/perl.h:4241) Alias.xs: In function 'DataAlias_pp_rv2gv': Alias.xs:747: warning: 'PL_no_symref' is deprecated (declared at C:\strawberry\p erl\lib\CORE/perl.h:4241) Alias.xs: In function 'DataAlias_pp_return': Alias.xs:1251: error: 'Nullsv' undeclared (first use in this function) Alias.xs: In function 'da_transform': Alias.xs:1436: error: 'Nullop' undeclared (first use in this function) Alias.xs:1450: error: 'OP_SETSTATE' undeclared (first use in this function) Alias.xs: In function 'da_peep2': Alias.xs:1589: error: 'OP_SETSTATE' undeclared (first use in this function) Alias.xs: In function 'da_ck_entersub': Alias.xs:1767: error: 'Nullop' undeclared (first use in this function) dmake.EXE: Error code 129, while making 'Alias.o' XMATH/Data-Alias-1.07.tar.gz C:\strawberry\c\bin\dmake.EXE -- NOT OK Running make test Can't test without successful make Running make install Make had returned bad status, install seems impossible

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  • make my file readable as either Perl or HTML

    - by JoelFan
    In the spirit of the "Perl Preamble" where a script works properly whether executed by a shell script interpreter or the Perl interpreter... I have a Perl script which contains an embedded HTML document (as a "heredoc"), i.e.: #!/usr/bin/perl ... some perl code ... my $html = <<'END' ; <!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN"> <HTML><HEAD> ... more HTML ... </html> END ... perl code that processes $html ... I would like to be able to work on the HTML that's inside the Perl script and check it out using a web browser, and only run the script when the HTML is the way I want. To accomplish this, I need the file to be openable both as an HTML file and as a Perl script. I have tried various tricks with Perl comments and HTML comments but can't get it quite perfect. It doesn't have to be "strictly legal" HTML... just displayable in a browser with no (or minimal) Perl garbage visible.

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  • Better way to make side-by-side DIVs in CSS

    - by JoelFan
    I have 2 DIV's that I want to be side-by-side under all circumstances. So far I am accomplishing it like this: <div style="float: left"> <table> ... </table> </div> <div style="float: right; overflow: scroll; width: 1000px"> <pre> ... </pre> </div> However, I don't like that I have to specify an absolute width in the 2nd div. I just want the 1st div to be the minimum width to display the table and 2nd div to take up the rest of the space without overflowing. Is there a better way?

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  • better way to pass by reference in Perl?

    - by JoelFan
    I am doing pass-by-reference like this: sub repl { local *line = \$_[0]; our $line; $line = "new value"; } sub doRepl { my $foo = "old value"; my ($replFunc) = @_; $replFunc->($foo); print $foo; # prints "new value"; } doRepl(\&repl); Is there a cleaner way of doing it? Prototypes don't work because I'm using a function reference (trust be that there's a good reason for using a function reference). I also don't want to use $_[0] everywhere in repl because it's ugly.

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  • Visual Studio 2010 automation

    - by JoelFan
    I am trying to run the following code (which I got from here ) Public Sub WriteToMyNewPane() Dim win As Window = _ DTE.Windows.Item(EnvDTE.Constants.vsWindowKindOutput) Dim ow As OutputWindow = win.Object Dim owPane As OutputWindowPane Dim cnt As Integer = ow.OutputWindowPanes.Count owPane = ow.OutputWindowPanes.Add("My New Output Pane") owPane.Activate() owPane.OutputString("My text1" & vbCrLf) owPane.OutputString("My text2" & vbCrLf) owPane.OutputString("My text3" & vbCrLf) End Sub Instead of running it as a Macro, I want to run it as an independent console application that connects to a currently running instance of Visual Studio 2010. I'm having a hard time figuring out how to set the value of DTE. I think I may need to call GetActiveObject, but I'm not sure how. Any pointers?

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  • include line numbers in stack trace without pdb?

    - by JoelFan
    We are currently distributing a WinForms app without .pdb files to conserve space on client machines and download bandwidth. When we get stack traces, we are getting method names but not line numbers. Is there any way to get the line numbers without resorting to distributing the .pdb files?

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  • capture any error in VBScript?

    - by JoelFan
    I have a batch file that calls a VBScript (.vbs) program. After calling it, my batch script checks errorlevel to see if the .vbs program failed. I can signal failure with an exit code in the .vbs program with WScript.Quit(1). However, I can only do that explicitly. If some unexpected run-time error happens, the .vbs quits with an error dialog box, however the exit code is zero so my batch file thinks it suceeded! How can I change that behavior? And if you are thinking of saying, use on error goto, don't bother... that syntax is available in regular VB, but not in VBScript.

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  • Visual Studio does not flag unterminated string constant in VB.Net

    - by JoelFan
    I noticed that if I leave off the terminating double quote for a string constant in Visual Studio 2010, there is no error or even a warning, i.e. Dim foo as String = "hi However, the continuous integration tool we are using flags an error: error BC30648: String constants must end with a double quote. What's going on here? Is there some language rule in VB.NET that makes a terminating double quote optional "sometimes"? Is there some setting in Visual Studio that will make it flag this as an error?

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