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by Pancake
Fri Dec 08, 2017 10:38 pm
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: Help me understand, why is there a sport section?
Replies: 141
Views: 10489

Re: Help me understand, why is there a sport section?

Homebrewing is surprisingly geeky if you take it beyond the "Mr. Beer" kit stage to the next level. Math (recipe formulation), chemistry (mineral profile of your brewing water and how to tweak it, and how enzymes in the grain mash work), microbiology (sanitation, how environmental factors...
by Pancake
Thu Dec 07, 2017 8:16 pm
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: Help me understand, why is there a sport section?
Replies: 141
Views: 10489

Re: Help me understand, why is there a sport section?

whm1974 is very good at insulting anyone whose thought processes don't work exactly like his. Which is pretty much everyone, I guess. I don't think it's malicious. Like the "No True Scotsman" argument he's trying to find a definition of what a "True Geek" means - to him. So far,...
by Pancake
Mon Nov 27, 2017 9:33 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: OK I finally had with binge drinking soda.
Replies: 188
Views: 5005

Re: OK I finally had with binge drinking soda.

derFunkenstein wrote:
Don't do it. Or do. Who am I to tell you how to live?


I think the quote is "Do or do not. There is no 'try'."
by Pancake
Fri Nov 24, 2017 9:13 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you cooking right now?
Replies: 21
Views: 761

Re: What are you cooking right now?

Pörkölt That's what my grandmother used to make! She passed away, I always assumed that it was Hungarian goulash. I should dig up a recipe and make it in her honor, it was delicious. It's one of my go-to dishes when there's a few things needing to be used in my fridge. In this case a bit of over-sm...
by Pancake
Fri Nov 24, 2017 4:04 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you cooking right now?
Replies: 21
Views: 761

Re: What are you cooking right now?

Pörkölt
by Pancake
Tue Nov 21, 2017 2:22 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: GCC errors with compiling C code.
Replies: 292
Views: 6644

Re: GCC errors with compiling C code.

Not sure I'd call it a cop-out. The way you'd likely deal with "one large chunk of RAM" would be to write a module with some utility functions to help you manage it. That module might even end up looking a lot like malloc() and free(). :wink: Oh, totally! Here's Pancake's List of what Rea...
by Pancake
Tue Nov 21, 2017 1:31 am
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: GCC errors with compiling C code.
Replies: 292
Views: 6644

Re: GCC errors with compiling C code.

I didn't say that programmers should do memory management manually, but they should know how to do it. You've got some strange ideas of what programmers should or shouldn't be doing - for a complete noob! My advice - don't take on any prejudices or preconceptions. Have an open mind about everything...
by Pancake
Sat Nov 18, 2017 2:45 am
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: GCC errors with compiling C code.
Replies: 292
Views: 6644

Re: GCC errors with compiling C code.

I didn't know that you could do ray tracing on a C64/C128/. I bet that was a lot of work setting all of that up. how did you "networked" them together? You can do anything - albeit at a certain scale and speed - with even a lowly 8-bit computer. Start with the basic building blocks. Write...
by Pancake
Fri Nov 17, 2017 7:59 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: GCC errors with compiling C code.
Replies: 292
Views: 6644

Re: GCC errors with compiling C code.

The university I attended was very focused on low-level coding and high concepts, which I really liked, but the most useful thing I ever learned is how to deal with floats. (Amazingly, computers can't really handle floats, and it's kind of smoke and mirrors.) It wasn't how a compiler works, AI work...
by Pancake
Tue Nov 14, 2017 8:10 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: GCC errors with compiling C code.
Replies: 292
Views: 6644

Re: GCC errors with compiling C code.

I picked CherryTree due to being hierarchical and cross platform. I'm reading the manual now. whm1974, your notes only need to make sense to you. They're really for helping fix the lessons into memory more than later review. I'm not saying that keeping them legible is a bad thing and later review n...
by Pancake
Sun Nov 12, 2017 3:39 am
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: GCC errors with compiling C code.
Replies: 292
Views: 6644

Re: GCC errors with compiling C code.

In all seriousness, I think that learning C/C++ is going to be the easy part. The math, data structures and algorithms parts I will probably struggle with for at least while, maybe even need to go back to school just to relearn the basics. Any good beginner's stuff to (re)cover these subjects? C is...
by Pancake
Sun Nov 12, 2017 2:13 am
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: GCC errors with compiling C code.
Replies: 292
Views: 6644

Re: GCC errors with compiling C code.

I'm actually teaching an 8-year old how to program at the moment. It's delightful to see him "get" a new concept like event handling. No, children absolutely do not learn faster than adults. They have less experiences and learnt concepts to draw on. It's much easier for me to learn a new l...
by Pancake
Sat Nov 11, 2017 3:41 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Does gaming lead to Carpal Tunnel?
Replies: 17
Views: 1189

Re: Does gaming lead to Carpal Tunnel?

JustAnEngineer wrote:
If you ever played for a few hours with the original Atari 2600 joystick, you'd be a believer in repetitive stress injuries.

Or the even more vile Commodore joysticks. Quickshot Pro FTW!
by Pancake
Thu Nov 09, 2017 4:56 am
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: GCC errors with compiling C code.
Replies: 292
Views: 6644

Re: GCC errors with compiling C code.

In the real world, the process we just went through with that simple program would've been called a "code review". Code reviews are part of the process in well-run development groups. In a nutshell, you get one or more developers other than the original author of the code to analyze it, l...
by Pancake
Wed Nov 08, 2017 8:12 am
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: Anyone use Forth, or have experience with it?
Replies: 136
Views: 3713

Re: Anyone use Forth, or have experience with it?

Heh. My high school CS course and a couple of the undergrad courses I took in college still used punch cards. The college I went to phased them out shortly thereafter (while I was still there). If that didn't scare me away... :lol: "Programming" BASIC on punch cards on some CP/M thing at ...
by Pancake
Tue Nov 07, 2017 9:28 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: Anyone use Forth, or have experience with it?
Replies: 136
Views: 3713

Re: Anyone use Forth, or have experience with it?

When you are learning don't bother with commenting. Be as one with C. C should be as natural as your spoken language. Visualise what's happening to variables as you're reading through a function and what is returned. When I first learned C, I was torn between thinking in Pascal (and then translatin...
by Pancake
Tue Nov 07, 2017 8:40 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: Anyone use Forth, or have experience with it?
Replies: 136
Views: 3713

Re: Anyone use Forth, or have experience with it?

Now I may not have to worry about this now since I'm in the learning stage, but once I start developing and writing my own programs I would like to document the code properly and keep the code portable across platforms so other people who find my stuff useful are able to compile and run it on their...
by Pancake
Mon Nov 06, 2017 2:33 am
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: Anyone use Forth, or have experience with it?
Replies: 136
Views: 3713

Re: Anyone use Forth, or have experience with it?

Yeah I was thinking at some point I would have to learn C++ and maybe Java, and chances are two to three scripting languages. However I am thinking that if I learn C first and well this will make picking up other languages much easier since I already done the hard work first. As long as that's not ...
by Pancake
Sun Nov 05, 2017 2:58 am
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: Anyone use Forth, or have experience with it?
Replies: 136
Views: 3713

Re: Anyone use Forth, or have experience with it?

OK I decided to learn C, so what are some good beginners books and manuals for C? Preferably geared to Linux users. The canonical text used to be The C Programming Language (2nd Edition) by Kernighan and Ritchie (inventors of the language), but the language has evolved since then so some of the inf...
by Pancake
Sat Nov 04, 2017 2:46 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Didn't know this is even possible on a 8-bit PC.
Replies: 6
Views: 687

Re: Didn't know this is even possible on a 8-bit PC.

Sure, it's possible. Hardly anyone writes stuff like that in assembly language any more because it takes orders of magnitude longer to code and debug non-trivial applications compared to using a high-level language. But it does allow you to squeeze every last bit of performance and functionality ou...
by Pancake
Wed Nov 01, 2017 8:35 pm
Forum: Processors
Topic: Let's party like it's 1999 and look at single-threaded x87 FPU performance
Replies: 44
Views: 3112

Re: Let's party like it's 1999 and look at single-threaded x87 FPU performance

I also remember x87 assembly nearly stealing my will to live when I had to learn it in college. That was around the time when I decided that maybe low level languages weren't going to be my thing. :P X87 FPU is really a bizarre architecture. It isn't easy for compilers to generate optimal code for,...
by Pancake
Wed Nov 01, 2017 1:21 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: the most advanced 80's 8-bit CPUs?
Replies: 54
Views: 2875

Re: the most advanced 80's 8-bit CPUs?

I'm pretty sure the Z80 or MOS 6502 were the undisputed champs of 8-bit CPUs. The 6502 was clocked slower, but it had around 4x the IPC of the Z80, so they ended up pretty close in performance. In terms of popularity, yes. But in terms of computing power, no. I think that would go to the 6809. Back...
by Pancake
Wed Nov 01, 2017 1:11 am
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: Anyone use Forth, or have experience with it?
Replies: 136
Views: 3713

Re: Anyone use Forth, or have experience with it?

Wow, Forth. On that note I'm pretty sure I still have a working Commodore 128. I didn't find that the compact code / keystroke savings was worth the additional mental effort, but my coding days are long done. Sweet. I have a probably working frame grabber for a C128 but no longer a C128 to plug it ...
by Pancake
Thu Oct 26, 2017 1:18 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Crazy Manangement Styles
Replies: 49
Views: 2551

Re: Crazy Manangement Styles

IMO the net effect of constant OS upgrades is going to be to push more applications towards Cloud-based solutions that run in a web browser. That may very well even be their intention, given the increased focus on Cloud services. Even if the OS is changing out from under you every few months, the w...
by Pancake
Wed Oct 25, 2017 6:40 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Crazy Manangement Styles
Replies: 49
Views: 2551

Re: Crazy Manangement Styles

IMO the net effect of constant OS upgrades is going to be to push more applications towards Cloud-based solutions that run in a web browser. That may very well even be their intention, given the increased focus on Cloud services. Even if the OS is changing out from under you every few months, the w...
by Pancake
Fri Sep 22, 2017 6:19 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: OMG Java 9 is finally out
Replies: 14
Views: 927

Re: OMG Java 9 is finally out

Well you've still got six months of updates for Java 8 at least. The release notes have a boatload of changes and I'm sure this is going to break a bunch of code. Good luck, guys! Here's one spot where working in a Microsoft shop isn't so bad. :lol: No, instead you have to deal with the prospect of...
by Pancake
Tue Sep 19, 2017 9:16 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: Locate function in C++
Replies: 49
Views: 11207

Re: Locate function in C++

How about this: Picture a 3rd party application that needed to integrate with MS Word. Integration was initially attempted via OLE, but MS Word's OLE implementation was too unstable. To get around the OLE problems, the company producing this application eventually settled on a modified architecture...
by Pancake
Tue Sep 19, 2017 7:27 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: Locate function in C++
Replies: 49
Views: 11207

Re: Locate function in C++

Lots of comments like "VB sucks, VB projects fail" but exactly zero specificity as to why. I only have cursory knowledge of VB, but it seemed fine, I guess. Or is this just another way of saying "C++ all the way because higher-level languages and frameworks like .NET suck and everyon...
by Pancake
Mon Sep 18, 2017 1:26 am
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: Locate function in C++
Replies: 49
Views: 11207

Re: Locate function in C++

Probably what I most enjoyed about VB was making confident predictions which projects based on it would fail. Prototypes could be put together very quickly which would impress clients but with the choice of VB they had all the engineering integrity of a bridge built out of cheesy puffs. Fellow devel...
by Pancake
Sun Sep 17, 2017 9:30 pm
Forum: Developer's Den
Topic: Locate function in C++
Replies: 49
Views: 11207

Re:

VB is for MIS guys who don't want to learn how to program. :D VB isn't that bad... but I sure wouldn't want to try implementing a large, complex system with it! (I'm a C/C++ guy from way back... lately I've been forced to learn Transact-SQL, which actually seems rather BASIC-like to me... yuck!) Vi...