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BSCS 1992 Wentworth Institute of Technology

Originally from the Boston (MA) area. Lived in SoCal for a while. Now in the Phoenix (AZ) area.

OpenVMS enthusiast, ISO 8601 evangelist, photographer, opinionated SOB, acknowledged pedant and contrarian


"Using fewer technologies is better than using more." -- Rico Mariani

"Good code is its own best documentation. As you’re about to add a comment, ask yourself, ‘How can I improve the code so that this comment isn’t needed?’" -- Steve McConnell

"Every time you write a comment, you should grimace and feel the failure of your ability of expression." -- Unknown

"If you need help knowing what to think, let me know and I'll tell you." -- Jeffrey Snover [MSFT]

"Typing is no substitute for thinking." -- R.W. Hamming

"I find it appalling that you can become a programmer with less training than it takes to become a plumber." -- Bjarne Stroustrup

ZagNut’s Law: Arrogance is inversely proportional to ability.

"Well blow me sideways with a plastic marionette. I've just learned something new - and if I could award you a 100 for that post I would. Way to go you keyboard lovegod you." -- Pete O'Hanlon

"linq'ish" sounds like "inept" in German -- Andreas Gieriet

"Things would be different if I ran the zoo." -- Dr. Seuss

"Wrong is evil, and it must be defeated." –- Jeff Ello

"A good designer must rely on experience, on precise, logical thinking, and on pedantic exactness." -- Nigel Shaw

“It’s always easier to do it the hard way.” -- Blackhart

“If Unix wasn’t so bad that you can’t give it away, Bill Gates would never have succeeded in selling Windows.” -- Blackhart

"Use vertical and horizontal whitespace generously. Generally, all binary operators except '.' and '->' should be separated from their operands by blanks."

"Omit needless local variables." -- Strunk... had he taught programming

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"But I was going into Tosche Station to pick up some power converters!"
"You can waste time with your friends when your chores are done."
―Luke Skywalker and Owen Lars

Like Tosche Station on Tatooine, this is a place for desert-dwellers to waste time with their friends; even if your chores aren't done. If you pick up a power converter, so much the better.

This group is intended as a meeting place for Code Projectors in Arizona and New Mexico. I suppose that Utah and Nevada are close enough. El Paso and El Centro are pushing it, but I'd be remiss to leave you out.

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GeneralOn the word PIEBALD Pin
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GeneralA compendium of "Number to Word" Articles and Tips Pin
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GeneralOn why to use a DataReader Pin
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GeneralAutomatically closing a nag-ware window Pin
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GeneralPIEBALD's general rule for code formatting Pin
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GeneralOn producing a hash string Pin
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GeneralOn determining whether or not a console application's input or output is piped/redirected Pin
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GeneralOn compiling at the command line Pin
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GeneralOn System.Environment.NewLine Pin
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GeneralRe: On System.Environment.NewLine Pin
AspDotNetDev19-Aug-09 21:34
protectorAspDotNetDev19-Aug-09 21:34 
Probably depends on how dynamic the newline functionality is in OpenVMS. Is it just something that is supported across the board, or is it a user setting? That is, does one go to the OpenVMS control panel (or whatever that OS has) and set the preferred newline character(s)? Or, do you just get files from various sources with various newlines and most of the OpenVMS software can support either newline? What about new files -- do they get a certain type of newline, or does it depend on the application? Then you've got to wonder if it supports mixed-mode line endings (that is, a single file with both \n and \r\n). I see a small chance that they'd modify the functionality of \n in mixed-mode line endings, but it seems unlikely otherwise. And the only reason I can think of that they'd modify \n would be so that it could match the line endings of nearby lines in a block of text. That just seems overly complicated though, so I'd guess they would stick with \n meaning \n and picking either \n or \r\n for Environment.Newline.

And then there's System.Text.RegularExpressions. I'm pretty sure newlines are (and must be) well defined in that assembly. If you set "." to recognize every character except newline, it will ignore only \n (i.e., it will pick up \r). And this is on Windows, where the standard newline is \r\n. Seems to me that they would want to keep \n unambiguous so that, at least, a regular expression written on one platform won't change when ported to another platform. By the way, here is a regular expression that recognizes newlines, in whatever form they may take (I use this little puppy quite often):

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GeneralOn the use of terms related to classes and interfaces Pin
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GeneralOn clearing a StringBuilder Pin
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GeneralOn overloading the increment and decrement operators Pin
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