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Ruby has taken over the ninth position of Perl.
We made a few key technology bets when we created Stack Overflow: I’ll defer the discussion on the other two items for another day, but after spending a year immersed in Markdown — the lightweight markup language we use to format posts on all Trilogy sites — I have some thoughts I’d like to share. We knew early on that there were a handful of Markdown Gotchas , thanks to the sage advice of John Fraser (who, sadly, I have completely lost contact with.) Based on those gotchas, we quickly adjusted our Markdown support to fix a few obvious things: Removed support for intra-word emphasis like_this_example Added auto-hyperlink support for http:// URLs in posts
As for what we’re building, it’s no secret: we’ve got a cross-platform mobile layer that needs porting to WP7. It currently works on Android and BlackBerry, and we’re about to launch an iPhone version. We’re thinking of open-sourcing it if there’s adequate interest; leave a comment below if that appeals to you. Either way please check out our Elance post for complete details, or just read on:
Having worked extensively with both ruby and java, I thought I'd share some interesting differences between how one can approach solving problems in the two languages. Let's take a common example of a function that will take a variable number of arguments and return a string with all non-null values separated by commas. We'll start by just using the core runtime and see what we can do. Here's the Java example: Now the equivalent in Ruby:
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Update: The end is near, Expensify is hiring a .NET programmer! Learn more… Saturday edit: Wow, quite a response to this. Some additional comments at the end. Sunday edit : Still going! More comments at the end.
Ian is a Senior Developer for Piehead Several weeks ago, Expensify’s CEO David Barrett, wrote a post explaining why his company doesn’t hire developers who use Microsoft’s .NET framework. The post created a bit of controversy and caused a lot of .NET developers to get quite defensive. While the post had some inaccuracies, it did bring up a good point. Why aren’t there more startups building applications on the .NET Framework? Companies and programmers alike usually say the decision comes down to two things,: cost and technology limitations.
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One of the other things I took away from Code Camp was a bit of .NET culture shock. As you can tell by glimpsing around on this blog, I am somewhat enamored with the idea of starting my own business. I’m a natural entrepreneur and it is my wont to think about startups constantly. That being said, I’ve always wondered why a platform as widely adopted and supported as .NET isn’t more visible in startup culture. Many major open source platforms and languages have very visible and vocal presences in the startup community, everything from mainstays like Python and PHP to even the more obscure and specialized ones like Clojure and Hadoop. .NET on the other hand is conspicuously absent from the startup conversation despite the fact that it is a singularly larger platform than any of the others.
Sorry to break it down to you, but it's sounding like they're just using that as an excuse when they might not have any intention to fund you. Now, given that, going with Microsoft tech for web development is not very smart. Microsoft has failed repeatedly at even being a significant player in the web so why would their tech be any good?
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