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Re: [ljc] To old to learn new tricks!!! - Hi Naveed, Do both (if you can). In terms of doing a degree: It will afford you the status of a 'student' (irrespective of your age) and open the door to opportunities that aren't a Dinuk W. Feb 11, 2013 11:08 AM
Re: [ljc] To old to learn new tricks!!! - On 11 February[masked]:44, John Stevenson < [address removed] > wrote: Nico Feb 11, 2013 10:53 AM
Re: [ljc] To old to learn new tricks!!! - Your ability to learn is solely down to your motivation and enthusiasm, absolutely nothing to do with age.  IT / software development is a career based on continual discover and learning, so if you are not learning anything new then that is the time to be John S. Feb 11, 2013 10:43 AM
Re: [ljc] To old to learn new tricks!!! - Hi Naveed, This is bound to be a contentious subject. BSC in Computer Science or Certification and placements? That is the question.  Personally, I don't have either a degree user 7. Feb 11, 2013 10:40 AM
Re: [ljc] To old to learn new tricks!!! - I rarely post anything on here so I will try to briefly explain my dilemma/ problem. Richard W. Feb 11, 2013 10:38 AM
Re: [ljc] To old to learn new tricks!!! - Err I meant not too old, rather than too young! The one thing I still cannot learn at my age is how to type on this damn iPhone. -- Neil Neil B. Feb 11, 2013 10:22 AM
Re: [ljc] To old to learn new tricks!!! - You're definitely not too young to learn something new. As evidence I give you my friend who decided to move into programming after a career in accountancy... he is now successfully earning money as a contractor in Neil B. Feb 11, 2013 10:20 AM
Re: [ljc] To old to learn new tricks!!! - HI Naveed, Ever give any consideration to *why* you (allegedly) cannot "teach an old dog, new tricks"? Perhaps they are less interested in learning tricks, more confident in themselves and less eager to please. Perhaps trick learning is just simp Wesley H. Feb 11, 2013 10:09 AM
Re: [ljc] To old to learn new tricks!!! - My advice would be to let go the fear and get stuck in, maybe via something like http://codecademy.com - there's plenty of easy ways to get started with coding. Don't be afraid that your age will somehow disadva @sleepyfox Feb 11, 2013 9:43 AM
Call for Mentors / Upcoming event - TLDR - We have a perfect opportunity to inspire students at our next Meet a Mentor event but are s Barry C. Feb 11, 2013 6:13 AM
To old to learn new tricks!!! - Morning all, I rarely post anything on here so I will try to briefly explain my dilemma/ problem. First off I'm a mature student with a basic I.T background. I will be starting a Bsc computer science degree in June this year. I'm hoping to someday s Naveed Feb 10, 2013 8:53 AM
Post #fosdem, #jfokus - lots more #java, #jsr & #openjdk news from all over! - Mani Feb 8, 2013 5:50 PM
Performance Tuning and JSR hack days at Devoxx UK - Hi all, A major theme we're going to have at Devoxx UK is to continue the popular talks and activities of the LJC for the past few months. With that in mind we'll be hosting some Adopt a JSR hack days on: * Java EE 7 - hosted by Arun Gupta * Op Martijn V. Feb 8, 2013 4:12 PM
Re: [ljc] Seeking opinions about my blog - thanking you! On 8 February[masked]:37, John Stevenson < [address removed] > wrote: Dan H. Feb 8, 2013 2:41 PM
Re: [ljc] Seeking opinions about my blog - Thanks John, just checked and I think we just found a bug in google's dynamic templates! I had just set the feed options to show only the beginning Abraham Marín P. Feb 8, 2013 2:19 PM
Re: [ljc] Seeking opinions about my blog - Ah! It is a browser issue. Tried it on IE and it works fine. Didn't work on Firefox. Cheers,   Ashish On Fri, Feb 8, 2013 at 2:09 PM, Ashish P < ashish Feb 8, 2013 2:12 PM
Re: [ljc] Seeking opinions about my blog - Preview not available Samir T. Feb 8, 2013 1:48 PM
WebSocket / JSON Processing presentation slides - Somay Feb 8, 2013 1:45 PM
Re: [ljc] Seeking opinions about my blog - Hello Abraham, When I look at the website all the posts seem to be truncated, in that you only get the first paragraph or so and then ... I am fairly sure its not a browser problem, as my own site uses dy John S. Feb 8, 2013 1:42 PM
Re: [ljc] Seeking opinions about my blog - Dan, To subscribe to aggrity I use the following URL in Google reader.  I assume it works in other RSS readers http://ljc.aggrity.com/atom Thanks John S. Feb 8, 2013 1:36 PM
Re: [ljc] Seeking opinions about my blog - @Wesley I didn't know Jester but that is pretty awesome, I am most definitely going to tap it, thanks! @Dan Depending on your client typing the URL may just work, I tried with Google Reader and it picked up with no issue Abraham Marín P. Feb 8, 2013 12:33 PM
Re: [ljc] Petition to ask Oracle not to bundle toolbars with Java - Ah, I was wondering if anyone was going to mention this issue in the LJC mailing list. As likely many of you did as well, I saw the recent article that exposed - or rather, re-exposed - this issue. (This article for those who missed it: http://www.zdn Bruno M. Feb 8, 2013 11:59 AM
Re: [ljc] Seeking opinions about my blog - Sure I'm being dumb here, but is there any way of actually subscribing to this aggregated feed via RSS? On 7 February[masked]:13, Anji Conroy < a Dan H. Feb 8, 2013 11:06 AM
Re: [ljc] Petition to ask Oracle not to bundle toolbars with Java - Is the link still valid? On 8 February[masked]:34, Abraham Marín Pérez < [address removed] > wrote: Jim C. Feb 8, 2013 11:01 AM
Re: [ljc] Seeking opinions about my blog - Fantastic Abraham! Your blog now has pride of place on my google homepage :).  Btw, regarding your 'exploratory bugging' article (a technique which I also employ), have you seen  Wesley H. Feb 7, 2013 9:32 PM
Re: [ljc] Petition to ask Oracle not to bundle toolbars with Java - I always download the .tar.gz archive and install on my various Linux user 8. Feb 7, 2013 7:51 PM
Re: [ljc] Seeking opinions about my blog - @Anji: most definitely interested, do you need anything from me besides confirmation? @Samir: thanks :D 2013/2/7 Anji Conroy Abraham Marín P. Feb 7, 2013 6:30 PM
Re: [ljc] Cookie Parse Regex - Preview not available user 1. Feb 7, 2013 2:37 PM
Re: [ljc] Petition to ask Oracle not to bundle toolbars with Java - +1. Also tweeted. 2013/2/7 Martijn Verburg < [address removed] > Abraham Marín P. Feb 7, 2013 2:25 PM
Re: [ljc] Performance Questions - Bulk loading and analysis of data up to 100mb in under 5 mins Sent from my HTC ----- Reply message ----- From: "Jim Collins" <[address removed]> Date: Thu, Feb 7,[masked]: Jon H. Feb 7, 2013 1:45 PM
Re: [ljc] Petition to ask Oracle not to bundle toolbars with Java - Preview not available Peter M. Feb 7, 2013 1:01 PM
Re: [ljc] Petition to ask Oracle not to bundle toolbars with Java - Really glad to see this.  As an ex-Sun employee this tactic really grates (although to be fair as a developer and generally sensible human being it grates too!).  Thanks for sending round Martijn! Gemma S. Feb 7, 2013 12:15 PM
Re: [ljc] Cookie Parse Regex - Preview not available Samir T. Feb 7, 2013 11:35 AM
What to Expect: Bring your Performance Problems Panel - Tonight Thursday 7th February at 18:30 - Anji C. Feb 7, 2013 11:31 AM
Re: [ljc] Seeking opinions about my blog - Preview not available Samir T. Feb 7, 2013 11:25 AM
Re: [ljc] Performance Questions - I have recently had Garbage Collection and related heap memory problems. On 7 February[masked]:04, Richard Warburton < richard.warburton@gmail.c Jim C. Feb 7, 2013 10:58 AM
Petition to ask Oracle not to bundle toolbars with Java - Hi all, It takes 5 seconds to help make Java a better experience for millions of users. Please take a look at the petition below. https://www.change.org/petitio­ns/oracle-corporation-stop-bun­dling-ask-toolbar-with-the-jav­a-installer Cheers, Mar Martijn V. Feb 7, 2013 10:42 AM
Re: [ljc] Seeking opinions about my blog - Hi Abraham, You (and any other readers) would be most welcome to add your blog to our LJC Aggrity site. Anji C. Feb 7, 2013 10:12 AM
Seeking opinions about my blog - Hello everyone! I created a blog a few months back about agile development, or more about how to help turning a non-agile Abraham Marín P. Feb 7, 2013 9:03 AM
Paragon testing - Hey folks, Well, I have mentioned a few times a little library I have been hacking away at, and I thought I would give you guys an opportunity to take a look. It's nothing special but I thought it might stimulate discussion and has a few interesting Wesley H. Feb 6, 2013 11:00 PM
Performance Questions - Hey, I'm just emailing round to enquire more about what kind of performance problems people have before tomorrow's discussion panel [0].  Quick poll, in your daily work do you encounter: 1. Richard W. Feb 6, 2013 9:43 PM
Re: [ljc] Cookie Parse Regex - Preview not available user 1. Feb 6, 2013 1:01 PM
RE: [ljc] Cookie Parse Regex - Somay Feb 6, 2013 11:19 AM
Re: [ljc] Cookie Parse Regex - Hi Karl, Yes, the expires field appears only in the Netscape draft ( http://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc210­9.txt) Luigi B. Feb 6, 2013 8:25 AM
Re: [ljc] Reporting engines - Do you still have to POST your data to Google when using their Charts API? (this was a major drawback in a previous project of mine) Alternatively, Highcharts is a fabulous javascript charting library James B. Feb 5, 2013 2:41 PM
Re: [ljc] Cookie Parse Regex - user 1. Feb 5, 2013 2:18 PM
Re: [ljc] Cookie Parse Regex - Cheers for the advice and insight Ben, I've definitely taken all this on board. You would have thought that the sight alone of the giant regular expression would have set off some warning bells.  user 1. Feb 5, 2013 12:52 PM
Re: [ljc] Reporting engines - BIRT comes with editor but if you prefer to build it, JSON + Google charts API can produce some stunning reports.  On Tue, Feb 5, 2013 at 11:15 Manav L. Feb 5, 2013 12:15 PM
Re: [ljc] Cookie Parse Regex - Regexps are the wrong way to go about this, for two important reasons: 1) Constructing a regexp to do this level of parsing is unreliable and unmaintainable. How can you be sure that you have decent coverage over a regexp of this complexity? Ben E. Feb 5, 2013 12:02 PM
Re: [ljc] Cookie Parse Regex - You are welcome Karl. By the way, is there any specific reason why you are not using the standard JDK HttpCookie#parse(Str Luigi B. Feb 5, 2013 11:57 AM
Re: [ljc] Cookie Parse Regex - Preview not available user 1. Feb 5, 2013 11:56 AM
Re: [ljc] Cookie Parse Regex - Preview not available Samir T. Feb 5, 2013 11:29 AM
Re: [ljc] Cookie Parse Regex - Some people, when confronted with a problem, think  “I know, I'll use regular expressions.”   Now they have two problems.   ~ Jamie Zawinski Is there any particular reason why you're using a regex Kevin W. Feb 5, 2013 10:52 AM
Re: [ljc] Reporting engines - It's very viable, our implementation used a mixture of XML and database-based metadata for report specification and execution (we had strong requirements for rapid turnaround of new reports, but equally strong decoupling from our data sources) and the James Feb 4, 2013 8:25 PM
Re: [ljc] Reporting engines - I didn't know that one, thanks, it looks good. I am tempted to steal the concept that BIRT and Pentaho have of objects to represent reports and parameters and do it myself - return json objects to the front end, as I've seem so Jon H. Feb 4, 2013 7:33 PM
Re: [ljc] Cookie Parse Regex - Haha thanks user 1. Feb 4, 2013 1:24 PM
Re: [ljc] Cookie Parse Regex - Preview not available Samir T. Feb 4, 2013 12:56 PM
Re: [ljc] Cookie Parse Regex - Way to write maintainable code! On Mon, Feb 4, 2013 at 12:53 PM, Samir Talwar < samir@ Neil B. Feb 4, 2013 12:56 PM
Re: [ljc] Cookie Parse Regex - Preview not available Samir T. Feb 4, 2013 12:43 PM
Re: [ljc] Cookie Parse Regex - Hi Karl, The problem is not with the regexp. It is in this line: Luigi B. Feb 4, 2013 11:50 AM
Re: [ljc] Reporting engines - Are you aware of BIRT? Not played with it (we built our own custom engine for a system I worked on, prior to BIRT becoming mature) On 3 February[masked]:57, Jon Hatfield < James Feb 3, 2013 9:45 PM
Cookie Parse Regex - So, I'm trying to write an über regex to capture all the parts of a Set-Cookie head user 1. Feb 3, 2013 7:31 PM
Reporting engines - Hi, Does anyone know of an embeddable web based Java Jon H. Feb 3, 2013 5:50 PM
The OpenJDK and JSR topics get good coverage at FOSDEM 2013! - Mani Feb 2, 2013 3:38 PM
Potential plans to deprecate SPARC V8 support in HotSpot! - Mani Feb 2, 2013 1:24 PM
Re: [ljc] Visitor Pattern - The code for the non-polymorphic visitor seems more complex than it needs to be. This pattern only gets really interesting in the polymorphic situation. In a non-polymorphic situation, you don't really need a new Visitable interface, you might as well Bruno M. Feb 1, 2013 2:17 PM
Re: [ljc] A little Friday morning challenge for the group... - Whoa, that is just... wow :p On Wed, Jan 30, 2013 at 9:22 AM, Alex Foreman < [address removed] > wrote: Bruno M. Feb 1, 2013 10:37 AM
RE: [ljc] Am I a bad programmer if I do not like pair programming? - / lionel n. Feb 1, 2013 10:09 AM
Re: [ljc] Visitor Pattern - -- Abraham Marín Pérez Blogs: http://www.gatogordo.es/ Abraham Marín P. Feb 1, 2013 9:36 AM
RE: [ljc] Am I a bad programmer if I do not like pair programming? - Ged, I've got to say: your comment is hilarious. lionel n. Jan 31, 2013 11:02 PM
Re: [ljc] Visitor Pattern - Hello Abraham, Thanks a lot for your suggestion. I wil user 8. Jan 31, 2013 10:33 PM
Re: [ljc] Am I a bad programmer if I do not like pair programming? - Wes, Thanks for that shockingly but interesting reply! It'll take a while to take it all in (it's going to require a few reads), but the part about a room full of people essentially "grouping" Colin V. Jan 31, 2013 10:58 AM
Re: [ljc] Am I a bad programmer if I do not like pair programming? - Hi Wes, I think you've hit on something key here that is commonly missed. Pair programming on its own doesn't add much value.  It has to be part of a complimentary set of practices.   Ged B. Jan 31, 2013 10:51 AM
Re: [ljc] Am I a bad programmer if I do not like pair programming? - Hi Bruno, Your comments about how much more efficient pair programming is with respect to solo programming reminded me of an article I read a while back. It was published in The Economist, and the Abraham Marín P. Jan 31, 2013 9:43 AM
Re: [ljc] Visitor Pattern - Hi Richard, I like the idea of having a good explanation about the visitor pattern, because I must admit when I first hear Abraham Marín P. Jan 31, 2013 8:52 AM
Re: [ljc] Fosdem - I still remember reading Ben's post about this conference a few years ago: Barry C. Jan 31, 2013 8:44 AM
Re: [ljc] Fosdem - Richard Warburton and John Oliver are definitely going, Raoul is as well - not su Richard W. Jan 30, 2013 10:35 PM
Re: [ljc] Am I a bad programmer if I do not like pair programming? - Colin,  To be honest, it is probably difficult to highlight any one event that changed my mind. I guess I would probably say that there was a growing recognition of the complimentary nature of some of the XP style practices and at a cer Wesley H. Jan 30, 2013 7:43 PM
Re: [ljc] Fosdem - Richard Warburton and John Oliver are definitely going, Raoul is as well - not sure if there are any others? It's a free as in beer conference so if you can eurostar across and get some accommo then we *highly* recommend it. The Adopt OpenJDK programme Martijn V. Jan 30, 2013 7:34 PM
Re: [ljc] Visitor Pattern - Hello Martijn, hello Trisha Yeah... it's a user 8. Jan 30, 2013 7:32 PM
Fosdem - Evening, I see Ben and Martijn are speaking at Fosdem, just wondered if many others are heading over this weekend... John ps does LJC have any stickers yet as I've still got the ljc business card sellotaped to my mac John P. Jan 30, 2013 5:56 PM
Re: [ljc] Am I a bad programmer if I do not like pair programming? - PS: oh and yes, like mentioned in the Martin Fowler article, when I say of measuring and comparing productivity, I am thinking in terms of business value, not lines of code (which would be incredibly silly). On Wed, Jan 30, 2013 at 12:25 PM, Bruno Me Bruno M. Jan 30, 2013 12:47 PM
Re: [ljc] Am I a bad programmer if I do not like pair programming? - Just because productivity cannot be objectively measured, it doesn't mean one can't have a feel for his own productivity (a subjective, possibly non-liner, measure). In fact, I would say I suspect it's because of the fact productivity c Bruno M. Jan 30, 2013 12:25 PM
Re: [ljc] Am I a bad programmer if I do not like pair programming? - On Wed, Jan 30, 2013 at 12:06 PM, Colin Soho Cobra Vipurs < [address removed] > wrote: matt f. Jan 30, 2013 12:22 PM
Re: [ljc] Am I a bad programmer if I do not like pair programming? - Preview not available Aidan M. Jan 30, 2013 11:49 AM
Spring of Code at HubWesminster - 1 lightning pitch slot left! - Hi all As some of you may already know (thought the great Meet a Project event or the partners event email), we're organising this coming Monday another Sp Marc B. Jan 30, 2013 11:36 AM
Re: [ljc] Am I a bad programmer if I do not like pair programming? - Hello Jim, Whilst you have said what you like doing, you havent specifically stated what is wrong with pair programming.  You have simply expressed your own preferences over that of the team or business  you work for.  You have not mentioned what t John S. Jan 30, 2013 10:41 AM
Re: [ljc] Am I a bad programmer if I do not like pair programming? - Wes (any anyone else really), Could you share what made you come around to pairing? On Tue, Jan 29, 2013 at 11:11 AM, Wesley Hall < Colin V. Jan 30, 2013 10:35 AM
Re: [ljc] Am I a bad programmer if I do not like pair programming? - Is there a romantic comedy in here somewhere? He wrote Java, she did Ruby.  Their boss made them pair but can fate make them a couple? Or maybe a buddy movie.   Java programmer Joe is Ged B. Jan 30, 2013 10:16 AM
Re: [ljc] Am I a bad programmer if I do not like pair programming? - Hi Matt,   Colin V. Jan 30, 2013 10:12 AM
Re: [ljc] Visitor Pattern - First impressions:  - You've clearly taken the time to research the pattern and try out implementations, which is useful to the reader  - The code examples are useful for developers, but many peo Trisha Jan 30, 2013 9:35 AM
Re: [ljc] Visitor Pattern - Almost a bit TLDR before my coffee ;-) - but I liked it - would be cool if the code was available somewhere for teaching purposes? On 30 January[masked]:22, Richard Gomes Martijn V. Jan 30, 2013 9:33 AM
Re: [ljc] Am I a bad programmer if I do not like pair programming? - I first came across the idea of working in pairs in advertising. Whilst I've never actually worked in the sector, I wanted to before Barry C. Jan 30, 2013 9:09 AM
Visitor Pattern - Hello, I've written an article which [tries to] explai user 8. Jan 30, 2013 8:54 AM
Re: [ljc] A little Friday morning challenge for the group... - Talking about Vegas.  I saw this on Slashdot (I think) a while ago and Ive never looked at random number generators in the same way again. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v­=7n8LNxGbZbs Alex F. Jan 30, 2013 8:37 AM
Re: [ljc] A little Friday morning challenge for the group... - Hi Ben, Yeah, I spent a year or so working on a poker system in a former life. Lots of fun with random number generators. We had a little device that plugged into the back of the servers and generated random numbers based on background radiation, on Wesley H. Jan 29, 2013 11:34 PM
RE: [ljc] LJC Partner Events - Github Repo for Greenfoot and BlueJ source - Preview not available Mani Jan 29, 2013 11:34 PM
Re: [ljc] Am I a bad programmer if I do not like pair programming? - Thanks everyone for the feedback. I am not to Jim C. Jan 29, 2013 8:45 PM
Re: [ljc] Am I a bad programmer if I do not like pair programming? - Personally I've found PP to be extremely hard work and a skill that I' Rob S. Jan 29, 2013 8:07 PM
Re: [ljc] A little Friday morning challenge for the group... - Coming rather late to this thread (I've not been well). There's a couple of points that are worth distilling out here. Firstly, we need to slightly special-case the problem, based on what to do with negative numbers, and when crossing the zero in s Ben E. Jan 29, 2013 7:42 PM

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