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Devrimb

Introduction

One of my ongoing issues with writing Unity games and programs, in general, is that most of my game ideas involve massive data. Usually, massive online data, because of this, I spent several weeks investigating and experimenting with ways of accessing both databases and online data using Unity. I will try to cover the highlights of my investigations in this article.

Fair warning, this is all still in the experimental stage for me. I have successfully done the basic framework of what I am discussing in this article. …


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sdominick

This is not a happy article; this is not a fun article. It started with a simple question on a website I read for fun. But the answer I came up with and the realization I had was not fun.

The question was the simple one “If history doesn’t follow rules, so we can’t predict the future, why should we study it?”

I had a relatively simple answer, it does follow the rules, and if you look at past historical trends, you can apply lessons to current problems. Then I thought about it a bit more. Realizing that I have done this most of my life. I have read history, biography, archaeology, anthropology, historical fiction, science fiction, and news all my life. I have seen where major trends are going before they happen and have tried to warn people I know. For the most part, they either laughed at me when I was younger, told me I would learn better when I was in my twenties or thirties or ignored me in my forties and fifties. …


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Izmabel

Introduction

This is a different type of topic for my articles. I usually restrict myself to software and project topics. However, I follow and keep up to date with computer hardware news and new developments. That is the topic I am going to discuss in this article.

If you haven’t been immersed in the computer hardware world for the last ten years, you have missed quite a bit of corporate drama and maneuvering. At the beginning of the decade, there were two big players in the CPU market, AMD and Intel. However, AMD failed badly with its CPUs at the start of the decade, giving Intel an effective monopoly for the first seven years. Similarly, there have been two significant Graphics chip manufacturers (GPU), AMD, and Nvidia. While AMD didn’t fail in the GPU market, it did ignore the high end of the market, focusing entirely on the less expensive and beginner GPU market. …


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damedeeso

Introduction

I am by nearly any measure an old programmer. I have been writing software in one form or another since the 1970s. Sure there are people out there who have been doing this longer than I have, but frankly, not many compared to the population of people who write software. So when I say I have learned some programming environments and frameworks over my time writing software, you can take it that I am not talking about one or two. I am talking about more than twenty. I have learned some odd language, framework, environment sets in my time. For the most part, when I am learning an environment, I follow a simple set of rules, get the tools. If it is for a language, I know I start using it, looking up questions when I have problems. For a new language or framework, read the documentation, write a few simple programs, then start using it on a more substantial application looking up features in the documentation when I run into problems. …


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Introduction

One of the ongoing jokes is the youngster in school asking, “Why do I need to take math? I’ll never use it!” It is persistent because it is true. I know that I heard it from other people when I was in school. I heard friends of my kids say it, and I probably said it more than once.

Well, I was wrong, and all of you who think or say this are wrong too. There are many adult answers I could give you. Things that will only matter when you are old like me. But these types of arguments never work. Younger people listen, nod, all the while thinking, “what the hell does this boomer know?” You would be right. Most of the typical contrived “adult” arguments are just that contrived. Either things that are only applicable for a small percentage of the population, in a small number of jobs, or we have computers that give the answer faster than the tools that existed in the dark ages of the 1970s or before. …


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Introduction

I have seen several videos and articles lately that propose the ideal that Object-Oriented Programming as a skill should be ignored, or at very least deemphasized. In many of these cases, what they were objecting to was the bad object, interface, or inheritance design, along with the objection that OOP is hard. Well, sure, it’s hard to get right, but so are programs. It’s easy as hell to write a piece of software that fulfills the obvious requirements for the average case. What is hard is writing software that also covers the unstated requirements for the edge cases, then test the edge cases to you know they are handled. …


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zimmytws

I have watched while both traditional and non-traditional media point out the Republican Parties’ hypocrisy. I have read and written fact and opinion articles about the lies and twisted misstatements of the law that the Republican establishment and their apologists have told over the years.

I have to ask the question, are there really any rules left? The Democrats, Independents, and non-aligned voters and politicians are still following a set of rules that their opponents stopped following years ago. Any law can be broken. …


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The more I read the unfiltered requests from people hiring software freelancers, the more I realize how much of a disservice the tech industry has done for the World. There seems to be an impression that software is synonymous with the user interface, that one or two freelancers can duplicate the most complex system in a couple of weeks.

Every week I see several requests on various freelance sites to develop “sites that are just like…” fill in any successful site here. LinkedIn, Amazon, Spotify, QuickBooks are all popular targets, that or mobile apps that duplicate their functionality.

Then there are the people who post vague “I have an idea for a game and need a developer to help me finish it.” These are just sad because the idea is the easy part. It’s like people who tell the novelist their idea for a novel and expect to get co-author credit if something similar ever reaches the shelves. There are hundreds, if not thousands of hours of typing, editing, revising, and marketing after the idea. It is the same with software; I can have the concept in ten seconds. Turning that idea into a viewable prototype takes days or weeks. Turning it into a viable product takes much longer than that. …


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tolgabayraktar

The problem is that everyone is focused on Trump like he is the problem. Trump is a symptom, admittedly a life-threatening symptom but still just a symptom. The Republican party, in general, does quietly what Trump does visibly. The only difference between Donnie boy and your average Republican politician at any level is that Donnie isn’t smart enough to be quiet about it. Or maybe he was savvy enough to see that Americans are now jaded enough to ignore anything their politicians do. …


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Introduction

No code, low code, graphical programming, flow-based programming, fourth-generation languages, fifth-generation languages, Rapid Application Development are all variants on a theme. I think I have heard every variant of the writing software without software developers’ over my career. Software without paying for software seems to be the holy grail of accounting departments and upper management in every company in every generation in every industry. The idea that they can get something for nothing is so attractive that they are willing to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on consultants who will tell them what the next magic bean is to grow software without those pesky software engineers. …

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Tom Chizek

Software Engineer by day, Novelist by night

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