Java vs. C# - Part 1 - Generics

Java vs. C# - Part 1 - Generics
   After I published part 0 I was criticized for being biased. I was told that the title suggested neutrality but the actual article is not neutral and "Why C# Is Better than Java" would have been a better title. In fact "Java vs. C#" was just a working title that I forgot to change and I agree that the suggested title would have been better. I was criticized for exaggerating the damage caused by the Java approach and overstating the benefits of the C# approach. While this may be true it should be clear that these are real problems and I am not making them up. I do not pretend to have discovered them. In fact I have read about most of the issues listed here in interviews and articles by both Java and C# designers. The reader is also advised to read part 0 where my motivation is clearly described.

   And now lets get into today's topic - generics...
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on   01:36 06.07.2010
Posted by:   Stilgar
01:05 21.06.2010

Java vs. C# - Part 0 - Primitive Types vs. Value Types

Java vs. C# - Part 0 - Primitive Types vs. Value Types
   As you may know I am a kind of programming language geek. Despite the fact that every software developer uses one or more programming languages most developers do not care much about them. Some are interested in software design patterns, some care more about development methodologies, some are algorithm guys, some like diving deep into databases, many are just interested in technologies and frameworks and there are even those who do not have a real passion but work as developers because this is how they pay the bills. Well my passion are programming languages and while I do not have the opportunity to work professionally on a compiler or even a parser I try to follow the development of popular programming languages and enjoy reading the motivation for language design decisions and compiler implementation decisions that language developers post online. I also like digging in programming language history...
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on   01:07 21.06.2010
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04:36 19.06.2010

LINQ to Objects Performance

   To fill in the vacuum of technical articles on this no-blog I decided to put in this article about small but interesting problem with LINQ to Objects performance that a guy posted on a developers' forum a while ago. Fear not for I am working on more serious technical article but I am doing it slowly like a glacier moving...
Posted by:   Stilgar
18:03 24.04.2010

Happy Programmers' Day

Happy Programmers' Day
   Happy programmers' day to all programmers, IDE operators and PHP writers. We know that we and not those fancy business guys do the work that makes the world tick. Sometimes we are scared to death by this thought because we have seen it from the inside and we know how fragile our systems are but I am sure that if the giants could see us they would be proud.

   The day of the programmer is getting momentum and this year it has been accepted as an official professional holiday in Russia. Soon in your country!
Posted by:   Stilgar
04:19 13.09.2009

How Hard Are URLs in Text?

   Abandon all hope you who read this, for this is where you will find how simple programming problems can turn out to be really hard. For our current project we wanted to implement a seemingly simple functionality – when the user posts a comment via a text area new lines should be converted to "<br />" in the resulting HTML, HTML tags should be encoded so our project would not be vulnerable to script injections and users would be able to post HTML in the comments and finally URLs should be detected and converted to links. Sounds simple? As soon as I was charged with this task I remembered reading a post by the wise Jeff Atwood on his famous blog Coding Horror about how hard URLs can be. The post deals with the issue of a closing parenthesis at the end of a URL and I immediately decided that I was going to ignore this issue like most systems do. However while working on this task I hit many more walls...
Posted by:   Stilgar
02:37 03.09.2009
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