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26  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Experimenting with Other Programming Languages on: November 19, 2014, 06:46:04 PM
Up next is Java programming for Android..

I highly recommend this set of tutorials, which I thoroughly enjoyed:
27  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Is it wise for amateur to invest time in NET Framework languages? on: November 19, 2014, 01:35:26 PM
Welcome to the site, dmytron  thumbs up

The current state of cross-platform development (writing code that runs on windows, mac, linux) is still in flux and not yet settled, so there is no one answer that is going to be completely satisfactory.

Recent developments in .NET are exciting in terms of the possibility that it will eventually become a serious option for cross platform development.  I don't think it's quite there yet.

Java has proven itself to be a good option for cross platform DESKTOP coding, and it is the preferred choice for Android mobile coding.  That leaves out Apple's iPhone/iPad of course.

If you aren't interested so much in Graphical User Interface stuff and mobile stuff, you also have some other options like Python.

I'm sorry that I don't have a very specific answer for you, but I guess my best answer goes something like this:

*DO* try to learn another language and ide.  Java would be a good choice and so would a .NET language like C#.  Start slowly and don't bite off more than you can chew.

The modern IDEs are insanely over-complicated and full of so many options and features and tools and stuff, that it can be completely overwhelming.  I think we're going to see a backlash against this one day -- because in the early stages of learning it makes everything more confusing and overwhelming.  Get yourself a good book and/or walk through some tutorials and just learn one thing at a time.
28  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: feature request for auto-screenshot on: November 19, 2014, 07:53:09 AM
I am considering a spin-off of Screenshot Captor specialized for auto-capturing of large numbers of images, sort of like an always-on screencast recording, with specialized features for reviewing past "recordings".
29  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Google Glass dead, already ? on: November 19, 2014, 06:44:32 AM
 Grin Grin Grin
30  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: Larger Toolbar buttons and OCR ? on: November 18, 2014, 12:46:31 AM
With the trending higher resolution of today's monitors, I may indeed have to add support for larger icons to SC soon..
31  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: DONE: Right Click any file and create New Folder by its Name on: November 15, 2014, 09:57:14 PM
Ah that's an interesting point..
Technically you are right.

I guess it would be nice to (or have options to):
1. trim any digits off the end of the common prefix found
2. and/or not include any partial word (unless it is the FIRST word)
32  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: DONE: Right Click any file and create New Folder by its Name on: November 15, 2014, 11:21:27 AM
personally i think xd's idea is a nice one and I'd like to have a shell extension that could do that.  select a bunch of files, right-click, and it finds the common prefix (or suffix), makes a folder based on it, and moves files into it.
33  DonationCoder.com Software / Clipboard Help+Spell / Re: Sorting - latest copy on top on: November 15, 2014, 08:07:38 AM
go let me look into this and see what i can do about it.
34  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: SC post-capture run on: November 14, 2014, 11:08:28 AM
This issue with the directory not being available at start has come up before.. I think I'll make a function to let it not panic about a missing directory until you try to make the first capture.
35  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: SC post-capture run on: November 14, 2014, 10:21:40 AM
Put those commands in a batch file and run the batch file in the post capture area.

But maybe a better thing would be to not set SC to start at boot time, and start it manually afterwords, after teh virtual shares are connected?
36  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2015 / Re: NANY 2015 Pledge: Untitled Game on: November 13, 2014, 10:36:44 PM
nice  thumbs up
37  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Gadget WEEKENDS on: November 13, 2014, 09:50:01 PM
For $22 i just bought this super affordable little dock for a cheap 7" android tablet i had laying around:


I can't vouch for the bluetooth functionality, because i connect my tablet with a 3.5mm audio cable, and the speaker quality is just mediocre.
But I love how little space it takes up and how perfectly it supports the tablet in landscape orientation, and gives it enough volume to be used as a tabletop internet radio.

To be clear, if you are looking for a bluetooth speaker for your PHONE, which will only be docked occasionally, then this is NOT the gadget for you -- there are much better quality speakers.

But if you have a spare tablet that you want to leave permanently docked with a minimal footprint and a reasonable increase in volume, this is an awesome gadget for the price.
38  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: November 13, 2014, 07:56:11 PM
nice find edvard.   very clever  thumbs up
39  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Announcing .NET 2015 - .NET as Open Source, .NET on Mac and Linux on: November 13, 2014, 04:25:59 PM
Guys, if you find yourself in a situation where you are in a legal battle with microsoft, these clauses are not going to be your primary problem.  Your primary problem will be raising a few billion dollars to pay your legal fees.  undecided
40  DonationCoder.com Software / Clipboard Help+Spell / Re: Sorting - latest copy on top on: November 13, 2014, 11:50:03 AM
So the *only* problem is when CHS is first launched, and this issue does not present it self when the window is closed, reopened, or when you browse around and add new clips?  It's purely an issue of the initial position in the grid when the program is initially launched?
41  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Experimenting with Other Programming Languages on: November 13, 2014, 01:15:48 AM
I've spent most of my life coding C++, and dabbling in other languages (most recently Python).

But the list of programming languages that I've never written a line of code in is starting to get big, and I think it's time I put an end to that.

So I've decided I'm going to try to do a little experimenting with other programming languages, and wanted other coders here to join me, and post your updates here.

For my first stop on the tour, I spent today coding in Go.

I was inspired to write a program to solve a homework assignment given to the daughter of one of our fellow DC members.

The assignment is as follows:
"Given a set of numbers, and a target value, find an expression using + - * / and which uses each of the numbers exactly once, which reaches the target."

For example, given the numbers [2, 3, 6, 15] find an expression that reaches the target value of 7.
Answer: 2+(15/(6-3))

Note that there may be multiple expressions that reach a given target value.  Rather than find a specific solution to a specific problem -- I was more interested in writing a program that would find ALL possible expressions given a set of n numbers, and then looking for particular targets which have few possible solutions, reasoning that these would be nice and hard puzzles to solve.

I started out by trying to calculate a formula for the # of possible expressions of n numbers.  That turned out to be a very fun mathematical journey, and I encourage the mathematically inclined among you to give it a try.  I'll share my formula later so as not to spoil the problem.

Anyway, so today I coded this program in Go.  Looks like about 400 lines of code, and definitely a non-trivial and interesting project.
Speed and memory seemed quite reasonable, no complaints there.  Error messages were reasonable.
I'll post the source code soon after I give anyone else a chance to have some fun.
However, I can't say I really enjoy Go after my day with it.  Some parts of it are ugly and unpleasant, and I don't approve of many of the language design decisions.
In fairness, this wasn't really something that made use of the real strengths of Go, so perhaps it wasn't the fairest of tests.

Here's a test for you if you decide to try coding this program.  I will give out a prize of a free DC mug for anyone who can solve this by writing their own version of this program before I post my source code at the end of the month.
Given the numbers [2 3 4 5 6 7 8], find TWO good, and fundamentally different, solutions that yield the target value of "2741"
42  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Announcing .NET 2015 - .NET as Open Source, .NET on Mac and Linux on: November 13, 2014, 12:10:10 AM
It's hard for me to understand the details but i'll just say that there is a lot to like about .net and the one thing that has always held me back from considering it too seriously is the fact that i don't want to get too committed to a language that is not truly first class across multiple platforms.  If at some point .net is really a viable cross platform solution I will take another long look at it.
43  DonationCoder.com Software / Clipboard Help+Spell / Re: Sorting - latest copy on top on: November 12, 2014, 10:58:09 AM

I actually messed with some code recently in CHS to be better about not scrolling to the end of the clips unless it was appropriate.. 
That is, in past versions it was always scrolling to bottom when a new clip was added, etc., but not CHS will try to avoid doing that if it thinks you are somewhere other than at the bottom of the clip list when a new clip comes in.

But it sounds like you are describing a slightly different scenario.  Can you try to explain what's happening and what you think should happen?
Is it that you have your columns sorted to show new clips at the top (not the CHS default which puts new clips at the bottom), and that your problem is that when CHS *STARTS FOR THE FIRST TIME* the clip list is scrolled to the bottom?
Or are you saying that this clip sorting is always a problem every time you show the CHS window?
Or are you saying that CHS is not remembering which column you had sorted?
etc, etc. I need to understand the nature of the problem.
44  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Veteran's Day on: November 11, 2014, 05:29:22 PM
There are lots of military veterans on this board.  A big thank you to all of them -- but especially those who sacrificed and served in unpleasant or scary circumstances.
45  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What books are you reading? on: November 11, 2014, 03:29:21 PM
Faraday, Maxwell, and the Electromagnetic Field: How Two Men Revolutionized Physics Hardcover – by Nancy Forbes

Finished it last week; quite good.
46  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: Current development status on FARR? No stable version released this year on: November 11, 2014, 11:28:20 AM
Hi mindstormer.
First, thanks for letting me know that the FARR webpage has the wrong date for the last release -- as you note it was Nov 29, 2013.  I've updated the web page now.

Development on FARR has definitely not stopped, and will continue.
I have been updating some of my other apps more recently, and FARR is just waiting its place in line.

There will be an update before the end of the year for sure and I welcome any feature requests!! Sometimes what I need most to release a new version is some inspiration or feature request that catches my fancy.
47  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: November 11, 2014, 10:51:58 AM
J-Mac,   Grin
48  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: Feature request: quickly switch between PNG und JPG on: November 10, 2014, 10:26:45 AM
hmm, ill have to check into that -- it shouldn't do that.
49  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: Making screenshots with ratio?! on: November 10, 2014, 10:13:29 AM
I will try to add the alt key to preserve resizing in red box soon.

I could possibly also add another kind of toggle to selection capture that might do what you want -- though I'd like to hear if others are interested in it..  It would work something like this:
Currently in selection mode you click for first corner and then drag or move and click again for end corner.
I could add a keypress that would let you toggle to a mode where you are MOVING the current selection box as a whole, instead of changing the size, and then add another hotkey to rotate through favorite sizes..
50  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: Making screenshots with ratio?! on: November 10, 2014, 08:26:29 AM
yes -- unless you switch to "When to use Red box: Objects *AND* Regions" on the "Selection Capture Options" tab, which would switch you to a different way of capturing regions.  Most people find that red box mode more cumbersome but it does let you move around a preset-sized box more easily.
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