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Thursday Medals 0 Rep 0 Need to write code to hash some passwords. Hmm. Troubled by the suspicion that this has been done before. Wonder if there are any functions in the Windows API to do this that a) aren't insanely complicated to call, or b) are .NET-only, or c) are reserved exclusively for Raymond Chen's use. Googled a …

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Its all true

There are about six of us left on the planet. But Delphi developers are the nicest.

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Wait, that makes us one short.

You, me, my boss, Verity Stob and Andreas Hausladen makes five.

So who is the other one? I know there are none left at Embarcadero :p

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How's embarcadero these days?

I jumped off the Delphi platform a while back and was wondering how things are. Hear they got rid of Nick unfortunately and are charging more and more for Delphi. There does not appear to be any cheap entry any more into Delphi and I don't know if their licensing has changed (from like 10 years ago). Don't like the direction embarcadero are taking these days.

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I'm the other one

And if there /are/ other Delphi developers out there too, then I can only surmise that two of the others have been breeding (presumably Verity being one half of the guilty pair).

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Clearly I've been wasting my time...

...chasing upvotes on the Reg Fora

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Wizened

> One of the problems of being a Delphi specialist is that Delf programmers are, as a group, wizened and canny.

Noooooo!!! Verity, dearest Verity, your sylph-like form surely could never be wizened. Please tell us it is not so.

/ Mines the lab coat with Laboratoires Garnier on it..

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Coffee/keyboard

Best description of PHP

"kind of like Perl, but designed to be read back afterwards."

The more PHP I have to write, the more I wish I had started doing it in Perl instead. (I can read my own Perl code back just fine -- it's just other people's I have problems with.) There's something slightly icky about dropping code inline with HTML (and when it comes to dropping out of code back to HTML in mid-loop, not so slightly).

Still, at least PHP uses separate operators for numeric addition and string concatenation, so it can't be all bad.

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hahah

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PHP programmers are ill-mannered, ignorant, puffed-up little swine.

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Damn - nailed me!

Actually - to be fair, despite the fact that I AM (mostly) a PHP codemonkey... many PHP coders can't script for toffee and, considering it's a (predominantly) web based language, a surprising amount don't seem to worry about script overheads or performance either (and probably don't understand how the garbage collection works in PHP).

Still it's a good language for quick 'n' dirty apps - so it tends to attract quick 'n' dirty coders ... although there are exceptions (Magento for instance looks quite professional when you nose at the source code). PHP is (thankfully) starting to grow up now.

I am surprised however, that you've only just discovered Stack Overflow; especially considering many esoteric programming queries hammered into Google these days will pull up an SO result.

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Social networking ...

... is neither.

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John Skeet

Has probably answered another 5 Java questions since you started reading the comments.

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Proper LOL

"Friday

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Actually, Stack Overflow game not too bad, if ridiculous."

For the uninformed, Stack Overflow is Joel Spolsky's (of joelonsoftware.com fame) latest thang.

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CodingHorror

I'm sure you didn't mean to forget Jeff Atwood's (aka CodingHorror) contribution... Joel seems to provide direction and business chops while Jeff actuall makes the platform and community work... a powerful duo

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Now, that really is something to aim for. Oops; something for which to aim.

Nice to see a grammatically correct sentence where the correction doesn’t end in a preposition.

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*Flame on*

Actually, there is nothing grammatically *incorrect* about a dangling preposition in English. Stylistically, ok, it often sucks, but it's not wrong, as such (I'm not talking about examples like incomplete sentence fragments and the like).

It's one of those stupid "rules" about English, like split infinitives, that is residue from the days when Latin was used to develop some of the rules of *English* grammar. Of course you can't have a split infinitive in Latin (and most - all? - other European languages), but hello, we have a 2-part infinitive in English. Split away.

So too with dangling prepositions. Quite often they're redundant, but other times, they just make more sense to use than locutions like "that with which...". Saying things like, "I can't see what you're looking for," is a heck of a lot more natural than other more laborious constructions. "I can't see the item for which you are looking"? Please.

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Fresh Meat

Visit it; loads there!

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Hmm

I thought that quote ran:

"he doth bestride the narrow world / like a colostomy bag"

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Delphi

I'll claim place number 6

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IT Angle

Oh rly?

I call shenanigans. A Delphi programmer would have been able to find the "reply" button.

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the backup was on a vm on the server

i didn't expect it to go down.

usually a buddy comes and makes a USB copy every couple of weeks...

-- mr. atwood

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Handy for getting help

...but not so great for giving it unless you care to actually play the game. I tried playing briefly. After I got downvoted once, I quit. Because frankly, I've got better things to do than to let some buffoon with a self-inflated sense of importance tell me I'm dumb. Social networking? More like "complete bollocks."

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StackOverflow

Have often found aid on StackOverflow. Discovered it only recently by accident much as you have, googling for a solution. Helped me at least 3 times, I can recall for problems I just could not get my head round (recently it's been android stuff - kudos to Mark Murphy / Commonsware). Thumbs up.

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Verity ... I love you

Verity, apart from living in Reading, I would be happy to meet up with you.... I am a retired distinguished gentleman, GSOH, and happy to divorce my long-suffering wife just for you.

PS Since retiring, I have started going back to using things like 'goto' in my play-code. I do have to say that I had a deep sense of fulfilment reverting and now I don't care how 'pretty' and nice my code is. i even started eyng up some of my old books on the study shelf .... is that orange-sleeved book about Fortran ??? Oh my god .... look at this paperback on Forth!!!!

I feel younger already Verity.

I will wear a red carnation in my lapel on the Reading station platform, and carry one of my old copies of .EXE

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Lord is a title... right?

I imagine Verity reading old copies of Stan Kelly-Bootle's columns to come up with new ideas...

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