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Why .Net Rocks!

(And no, I’m not talking about the radio show with Carl and Rory – and for those who don’t know what radio show, its called “.Net rocks“)

For the last week or so I’ve been delving into C++ code… with some great joy (like having to read “Writing Secure Code (2nd Ed)“) and many many many trials.

If you’re still using C++, change to C# (assuming you have a choice to move).  I’d swap in a heartbeat based simply on the amount of “plumbing” work it would save me, but then I don’t have a choice here – I’m writing code to make some Extended stored procedures.

But seriously, remembering all the new’ed variables you’ve made so that you can delete them, and checking your arrays and pointers, and handles, and all that work to do simple operations like joining two strings, or using collections, or doing file IO, or doing pretty much anything becomes a nightmare when compared to the simplicity of C#.  That being said, there’s something geekishly cool about programming in C++ – maybe its the “thrill” of handling such an unwieldy weapon of mass destruction and actually managing to hit the pinprick of a target you’re aiming at without blowing off your own foot in the process.

But regardless of the geek thrill factor involved I’ll be happy when this part of our project is over and I can move back to C#… 🙂

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Fun and Games

A few people linked to this game yesterday – Eric and Charl to name two… Its really quite cool practicing your co-ordination in reverse… If you’d like to download it, click here… (but I didn’t tell you that :-))

General Humour

Random writings…

Have you ever just written a complete pile of nonsense and disconnected thoughts/ideas just for the humor value of it?  You know… things like “Bob the blue ant flew lazily past the singing koala bear to reach the speckled egg.  When suddenly the ripe pill sang out and the green basket spun around on the slow red mouse.”

Ok, so you are probably thinking that I’ve gone mad… But I haven’t, I tell you.  I had a bunch of friends at varsity who would have totally nonsense conversations for no good reason at various random times.  It was actually quite funny to see people’s reactions, and quite hard to be totally random with them if you tried.

So about a year and a half ago (one Saturday morning), I sms’ed off a random message to a whole bunch of friends, and recieved a really interesting set of replies.  Some people just didn’t get it but thought it was cool, others didn’t get it and thought I’d lost it, others got it and laughed, and others got it and replied in kind.

Today I sms’ed 5 people a random message, three replied, and here are the ensuing sms conversations…

Between Charlie and I:

Its time for a random story… The red door stood as a jar of blueberry jam while it contemplated its purpose in bringing along the bright slice of orange.
Ok then… Freak!
The door/jam, reeling from the sudden insult, slammed shut. Leaving a purple, yet still confused, chipmonk singing as the square flower swam by.
You know what… I’m a little concerned about the quality of what you are smoking!
Story ends… Check my blog later for more info on what I was up to.

Between Helen and I:

Its time for a random story… The red door stood as a jar of blueberry jam while it contemplated its purpose in bringing along the bright slice of orange.
I can’t believe that the asparagus was so concerned with the State of the plastic road sign!
That very thought had been worrying the door for some peaches, but the grinning flagpole would not have it. Swiftly the turkey sank into the brown light.
Don’t openly discuss the state of the brown light, because it was very uncertain about the decision that the Turkey had made.
Fortunately the green gnat flying by heard nothing as the lazy golden window frame had just nested in the three shoes.
Oh well, said the statue to the jelly. If we can’t investigate the decision of the waiter then why question the water babies.
The babies cheer… The scene fades to an arty tomatoe’s house where a swarm of rabbid religious pinaples have just crawled by chanting in monotone “The rooster is free”.
I couldn’t reply because I was laughing so hard. That was excellent.

Between Matt and I:

Its time for a random story… The red door stood as a jar of blueberry jam while it contemplated its purpose in bringing along the bright slice of orange.
It moved freely in nobody’s paradise while sleeping from absolute dottiarism. He knew that somebody’s life would always be the same, and that was chocolate pie.
He had always had a strong liking for chocolate pie. Yet today the robot was taken by the orange striped camera lense and the one legged cherry as the frog tanned kiwi peels at the passing duck.

I never got another reply from Matthew, so I can only assume he went back to working instead of dealing with my stupid sms’s… 🙂

I just got a reply from my brother which says “Hey Dude, you need drugs! Cool story… why?”

So, 5 sms’s sent, 4 replies, 2 “got it” and replied in kind, 1 enjoyed it, 1 didn’t “get it” (but it still made for some humor)… So what do you think?  Would your friends “get it”? Do you?

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SNO Deliberations…

[Update: Thanks to Colin for noticing that my link to the story was broken… Its now fixed]

For non-South African’s the SNO probably won’t mean much… Here’s a brief overview – SNO = Second National Operator… Currently we have only one fixed line telephone provider in South Africa (Telkom) which used to be(?) a 100% state run compan and is currently a well protected monopoly.  In 2002 a competitor was to be announced, so it would still be a controlled market (only 2 players allowed) but there would be some kind of competition.  Its now 2004, and the government minister who should have resolved this 2 years ago is still playing games…

This morning I read an article from yesterday on ITWeb, entitled “Pontius Pilate syndrome” by Rodney Weidemann, which has some choice quotes about the latest developments – She’s announced that she’ll award the SNO licence on the 17th of September.  Here are some of them:

“Rumour has it that Matsepe-Casaburri is hoping to find a financial institution of some kind to take up the remaining shareholding in the SNO [….] Except that the idea of a financial institution, which has no experience in the telecoms game, running the SNO is almost as ridiculous as the idea of a minister with no telecoms experience running the communication ministry.”

“She has instituted a time frame which cannot possibly be met, is asking the impossible of the various members of the SNO and is then going to turn around, much like Pontius Pilate, and wash her hands of the entire debacle, saying: ‘It’s not MY fault.’ […] Except that we have known the minister’s ways for too long, and will not be fooled by this. Her ineptitude is the real reason we still have no valid competition for Telkom, years after we were supposed to.”