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building a useful app can be a daunting task for... 637 Views / 4 Replies  
building a useful app can be a daunting task for new developers, since often useful "little" apps use a lot of different confusing APIs in order to make things easier for the user. i think i've seen...
Posted by parallax, on Jun 15, 2009 at 03:08 PM, in Developer Center
Mike, If you go to the Python website... 1,126 Views / 13 Replies  
Mike,

If you go to the Python website (python.org) there is a lot of documentation, including some user-friendly tutorials. :-)
Posted by parallax, on Mar 19, 2008 at 11:51 AM, in Developer Center
slugslugslug, Shell scripts can be very... 270 Views / 4 Replies  
slugslugslug,

Shell scripts can be very useful. Many people write bash scripts regardless of what shell they use.

However, I strongly encourage you to learn a language like Python instead,...
Posted by parallax, on Mar 19, 2008 at 11:48 AM, in Developer Center
I'm moving this to Applications, but you can do ... 521 Views / 15 Replies  
I'm moving this to Applications, but you can do

mv Photos/*/* New\ Photos
Posted by parallax, on Feb 15, 2008 at 02:43 PM, in Mac OS X
C++ and Qt will allow you to write completely... 518 Views / 14 Replies  
C++ and Qt will allow you to write completely cross-platform code but Qt costs money if you want to write commercial applications.

However, if you're not used to memory management, then I'd stick...
Posted by parallax, on Jan 15, 2008 at 09:59 AM, in Developer Center
BioShock on Macbook Pro? 3,871 Views / 15 Replies  
Anyone tried this? :-) (hopeful)
Posted by parallax, on Aug 24, 2007 at 09:26 PM, in Gaming
Dakkon, If you're interested in learning... 527 Views / 12 Replies  
Dakkon,

If you're interested in learning about learning to solve problems, important and useful programming concepts and methods, then I'd suggest looking at this,

Welcome to the SICP Web Site...
Posted by parallax, on Oct 8, 2006 at 05:37 PM, in Developer Center
Hi Murtaza, I'm moving this to Web Developer. 774 Views / 1 Replies  
Hi Murtaza, I'm moving this to Web Developer.
Posted by parallax, on Aug 22, 2006 at 12:07 PM, in Developer Center
Okay, knock it off. *locked* 2,208 Views / 84 Replies  
Okay, knock it off.

*locked*
Posted by parallax, on Aug 22, 2006 at 11:58 AM, in Developer Center
Personally, I like having this setting in... 959 Views / 7 Replies  
Personally, I like having this setting in terminal vim as well, so my .vimrc contains

nnoremap j gj
nnoremap k gk
nnoremap gk k
nnoremap gj j


This switches the functionality of gj/k with...
Posted by parallax, on Aug 21, 2006 at 11:56 AM, in Mac OS X
SteveJobs, If you want to write applications... 964 Views / 14 Replies  
SteveJobs,

If you want to write applications for Mac OS X, Objective-C/Cocoa is definitely a great place to start. However, I suggest that you take daily supplements of learning LISP. If you can...
Posted by parallax, on Mar 19, 2006 at 12:15 PM, in Developer Center
Steve, I'm coming from an academic standpoint.... 964 Views / 14 Replies  
Steve, I'm coming from an academic standpoint. I'd say learn Scheme or LISP as a first language, because they are truly excellent, beautiful languages. After spending some time with those, learning...
Posted by parallax, on Feb 27, 2006 at 07:48 PM, in Developer Center
In short, C++ is a hack of an object-oriented... 1,547 Views / 30 Replies  
In short, C++ is a hack of an object-oriented system. There are places where it's just broken (search the web for details). Debugging errors with templates is a nightmare.

MacG33k, LISP is another...
Posted by parallax, on Feb 27, 2006 at 05:49 PM, in Developer Center
Gabriel, I would normally suggest a shell script... 680 Views / 5 Replies  
Gabriel, I would normally suggest a shell script for such an application but if you're unfamiliar with how to interact with UNIX and don't want to learn then that's not the best option.

I think...
Posted by parallax, on Feb 11, 2006 at 02:14 PM, in Developer Center
Definitely go with Cocoa/Objective-C. You can... 1,547 Views / 30 Replies  
Definitely go with Cocoa/Objective-C. You can find plenty of information on how to do so in the archives.

C++ is a terrible language. Never learn it if you can help it.
Posted by parallax, on Feb 11, 2006 at 02:10 PM, in Developer Center
I have the same password from like 8 years ago... 668 Views / 25 Replies  
I have the same password from like 8 years ago for stuff that doesn't matter.

I have one password for accounts on other computers that matter (school, lab, etc.)

And for everything else that...
Posted by parallax, on Dec 16, 2005 at 09:55 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Just 4 random selections of the stuff I listen to... 1,154 Views / 46 Replies  
Just 4 random selections of the stuff I listen to over and over.

Bach's Goldberg Variations
Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1
Mahler's Symphony No. 2 in C Minor
Shostakovich String Quartet No. 8
Posted by parallax, on Dec 16, 2005 at 09:52 PM, in MacNN Lounge
This is spam. 523 Views / 1 Replies  
This is spam.
Posted by parallax, on Dec 11, 2005 at 05:06 PM, in Developer Center
I think you need to do a whole lot of... 2,893 Views / 3 Replies  
I think you need to do a whole lot of initialization stuff to get the curses routines to run...

I'd switch to getchar(). getc(stdin) works as well.
Posted by parallax, on Nov 24, 2005 at 01:34 AM, in Developer Center
http://www.filecabi.net/hotlink7ncu... 1,073 Views / 33 Replies  
http://www.filecabi.net/hotlink7ncu ntv6:)sj/fattexas.wmv

Direct link to the movie (remove the space)

"They seem to think that because of my size, I'm willing to be treated any which way, or,...
Posted by parallax, on Sep 2, 2005 at 01:41 AM, in MacNN Lounge
"NSImage" and "game" in the same breath always... 667 Views / 4 Replies  
"NSImage" and "game" in the same breath always makes me wary. In a broader sense of option 4, have you considered using OpenGL?
Posted by parallax, on Aug 31, 2005 at 11:45 PM, in Developer Center
I'd suggest you think again about learning vim or... 890 Views / 16 Replies  
I'd suggest you think again about learning vim or emacs. If you want something more GUI outside the Terminal, there's always gVim and XEmacs.

If you're going to spend a decent amount of time in...
Posted by parallax, on Aug 29, 2005 at 11:14 PM, in Mac OS X
This thread is going nowhere. 3,797 Views / 11 Replies  
This thread is going nowhere.
Posted by parallax, on Aug 29, 2005 at 03:11 AM, in MacNN Lounge
I have to say, this was thoroughly disappointing.... 1,636 Views / 98 Replies  
I have to say, this was thoroughly disappointing. Bagpipes and rock has been done many times before, and to better effect. How is this (or any other Christian rock) innovative?
Posted by parallax, on Aug 27, 2005 at 06:17 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Excellent question. IMHO: Markup languages... 1,283 Views / 43 Replies  
Excellent question. IMHO:

Markup languages (HTML) are right out. I think this is an imagined first step into programming: come on, how many of us really were introduced to programming via markup...
Posted by parallax, on Aug 27, 2005 at 06:03 PM, in Developer Center
http://www.gps-vertrieb.com/images/big/chargexti.j... 600 Views / 17 Replies  
http://www.gps-vertrieb.com/images/big/chargexti.jpg

(edit: mine is a 1914, but this 1912 looks identical)

http://www.townpiano.com/pianos/26_MasonHamlin.gif
Posted by parallax, on Aug 13, 2005 at 02:38 AM, in MacNN Lounge
Poll: FreeBSD by far 798 Views / 47 Replies  
FreeBSD by far
Posted by parallax, on Aug 13, 2005 at 02:32 AM, in MacNN Lounge
I could never in my right mind shave it all off.... 2,927 Views / 131 Replies  
I could never in my right mind shave it all off. That would just rob me of all feelings of self-worth.

Just trim it back until they stop choking on the hairs, perhaps?
Posted by parallax, on Aug 12, 2005 at 03:33 AM, in MacNN Lounge
If you could simulate all of the balls and you... 517 Views / 15 Replies  
If you could simulate all of the balls and you did know every detail about their initial state, sure, you could probably figure out which numbers will be drawn. The physics are macroscopic enough...
Posted by parallax, on Aug 12, 2005 at 12:27 AM, in MacNN Lounge
I totally agree, SC. Lufia II is an excellent... 639 Views / 18 Replies  
I totally agree, SC. Lufia II is an excellent (and underappreciated) game; it's quite possibly my favorite RPG for its simple, fun battle system and the excellent collection of puzzles.

But of...
Posted by parallax, on Aug 11, 2005 at 03:09 AM, in MacNN Lounge
I don't quite understand the concept of a vodka... 637 Views / 28 Replies  
I don't quite understand the concept of a vodka martini. It seems like somebody that didn't like the taste of gin just decided that the more neutral vodka would be a good substitute and felt like...
Posted by parallax, on Aug 11, 2005 at 01:29 AM, in MacNN Lounge
Thanks mojo, we'll see what happens. ;-) Do... 601 Views / 12 Replies  
Thanks mojo, we'll see what happens. ;-)

Do you remember the name of the place and what time it opens?
Posted by parallax, on Jul 26, 2005 at 02:07 AM, in MacNN Lounge
Haircut in San Francisco? 601 Views / 12 Replies  
Hey guys, just need some quick advice.

I'd like to get a haircut before work tomorrow (I'm in SF for the summer) but I have no clue what my best option is and I can't really find much information...
Posted by parallax, on Jul 26, 2005 at 12:26 AM, in MacNN Lounge
It'll be easier to debug if you paste your code... 1,126 Views / 4 Replies  
It'll be easier to debug if you paste your code here
Posted by parallax, on Jul 26, 2005 at 12:22 AM, in Developer Center
fortezza: check out the man pages for fork and... 681 Views / 9 Replies  
fortezza: check out the man pages for fork and execvp...
Posted by parallax, on Jul 25, 2005 at 01:05 AM, in Developer Center
This applies to functions as well, and it's a bit... 396 Views / 7 Replies  
This applies to functions as well, and it's a bit easier to imagine this using functions.

So if I have one file that contains two functions,

void foo() {
cout << "bar" << endl;
}

void...
Posted by parallax, on Jul 21, 2005 at 02:03 AM, in Developer Center
In general, you want to keep the interface and... 396 Views / 7 Replies  
In general, you want to keep the interface and implementation of a class separate. Having a class declaration with method signatures and a bunch of comments explaining how to use the class enforces...
Posted by parallax, on Jul 21, 2005 at 01:17 AM, in Developer Center
As far as people I've actually had one-on-one... 3,250 Views / 153 Replies  
As far as people I've actually had one-on-one conversations with for more than, say, 20 minutes,

Steve Jobs. Leon Lederman (Nobel laureate). Frank Wilczek (Nobel laureate). Ray Kurzweil.

I...
Posted by parallax, on Jul 20, 2005 at 02:47 AM, in MacNN Lounge
Regardless of what each one of us thinks about... 2,982 Views / 151 Replies  
Regardless of what each one of us thinks about Ebonics, I think we can all agree that this is a horrible idea. Would this ever fly in a mostly white school? Of course not. So now we're teaching...
Posted by parallax, on Jul 20, 2005 at 02:33 AM, in MacNN Lounge
Actually, Kerrigan, you're wrong. The word "cue"... 2,982 Views / 151 Replies  
Actually, Kerrigan, you're wrong. The word "cue" works perfectly well there (and in general, you should check the dictionary before you nitpick). :stick:
Posted by parallax, on Jul 20, 2005 at 02:18 AM, in MacNN Lounge
would anyone like to create a program for me? =>... 564 Views / 9 Replies  
would anyone like to create a program for me? => would anyone like to work with me on a program?, would anyone like to help me create a program?

the program would only sell for a few bucks. => and...
Posted by parallax, on Jul 20, 2005 at 12:31 AM, in Developer Center
I think the most sound advice is this: learn them... 852 Views / 8 Replies  
I think the most sound advice is this: learn them all, and decide from task to task which one to use.

I really enjoy programming in LISP. I wouldn't use it for everything but there have been many...
Posted by parallax, on Jul 20, 2005 at 12:18 AM, in Developer Center
I feel that "I, Robot" is a very good... 429 Views / 12 Replies  
I feel that "I, Robot" is a very good introduction to Asimov's writing style and storytelling style. If you like that, I don't see anything wrong with reading the Foundation series after that.
Posted by parallax, on Jul 17, 2005 at 11:15 AM, in MacNN Lounge
If you just want to disable textwidth you can... 430 Views / 5 Replies  
If you just want to disable textwidth you can just use set tw=0

Depending on what you're editing, "undoing" the wrapping can be a harder issue. That ruby script will work above if it's something...
Posted by parallax, on Jul 14, 2005 at 01:07 AM, in Mac OS X
So I sort of have a similar situation with a... 449 Views / 12 Replies  
So I sort of have a similar situation with a terminal program I'm writing (multiple terminal windows). What I did was this,

id terminal = [[TermController alloc] init];
[NSBundle...
Posted by parallax, on Jul 14, 2005 at 12:50 AM, in Developer Center
It's hard to actively cancel noise over an area... 735 Views / 17 Replies  
It's hard to actively cancel noise over an area (like you'd need to with speakers) rather than at a single point (like with headphones). Even if you could, it probably wouldn't be very effective...
Posted by parallax, on Jul 12, 2005 at 03:35 AM, in MacNN Lounge
Calling Mozart's dissonance quartet "pure pop"... 4,130 Views / 168 Replies  
Calling Mozart's dissonance quartet "pure pop" would be so wrong. Just because Mozart managed to write excellent accessible music does not label him as a "pop artist."

You can't just equate...
Posted by parallax, on Jul 3, 2005 at 04:52 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Serve us the mobile or text-only version. ;-) 388 Views / 11 Replies  
Serve us the mobile or text-only version. ;-)
Posted by parallax, on Jul 3, 2005 at 04:31 PM, in Developer Center
It would have to be a point at which I feel that... 2,830 Views / 51 Replies  
It would have to be a point at which I feel that I'd be doing an injustice to society by not taking the money and doing something good with it... which is a helluva lot more than $10k and a helluva...
Posted by parallax, on Jul 3, 2005 at 12:39 PM, in MacNN Lounge
Hmm, tough to make it 3. Van Cliburn, Dave... 1,760 Views / 101 Replies  
Hmm, tough to make it 3. Van Cliburn, Dave Brubeck, Itzhak Perlman, Sonny Rollins, Alfred Brendel.

Unfortunately I never had the chance to see Rage or Tool in concert or I'm sure they'd be up...
Posted by parallax, on Jul 3, 2005 at 12:05 PM, in MacNN Lounge
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