[rescue] Small servers (was Re: WTT: 1.5G of PC2700 for 1G of PC100)

Robert Darlington rdarlington at gmail.com
Mon May 5 15:00:03 CDT 2008

And absolutely none of that applies to high performance computing.
Try running object oriented code where time counts!  I guess you could
always throw more computing power at a problem, but the problems I've
worked on take months to solve with computers that cost half a billion
dollars.  Going OO would increase the time to solution many times
over.  Fortran 77 for life, pointers be damned.


On Mon, May 5, 2008 at 1:03 PM, Joshua Boyd <jdboyd at jdboyd.net> wrote:
> On Mon, May 05, 2008 at 07:49:13PM +0100, Mark wrote:
>  > I'm a newcomer to coding (I writing PHP which is about as far detached
>  > from a real computer as you could want to be) and self taught but even
>  > I find knowing the underlying programming principles don't vary. Still
>  > even at high levels the core understanding of variables, functions,
>  > loops, arrays, test cases and the like all form an essential part. In
>  > effect most languages are formed around the same rules, but the higher
>  > you go the more abstract they are and the more wordy they become.
>  I personally would rather use a language that is a good bit further from
>  the real computer than PHP is.
>  But I still want to know how that language maps to the bare hardware.
>  > Although the majority of programming exercises were high level
>  > language, usually in C or Java, they did teach a great deal about the
>  > basic workings of the machine itself and the principles of every layer
>  > of operations. The idea is Java is quick to learn and easy to grasp,
>  > an objet oriented (which like it or not is becoming very important).
>  You say it is important, but all the cool kids are moving on to things
>  like function programming, flow programming, logic programming, or
>  aspect oriented programming.  ;)
>  The smart student would prefer a nice versitile language that offers all
>  of the above, plus OO and procedural, while also making it easy to write
>  new language extensions and your own compilers.
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