* Posts by Andy Denton

17 posts • joined 11 Dec 2017

Airbus will shutter its A380 production line from 2021

Andy Denton

I flew from Manchester to Auckland (via Dubai and Brisbane) on an Emirates A380 a couple of years ago and despite it being the longest trip I've ever had (is there a longer one?), it was the most pleasant economy class experience I've ever had. Airbus planes seem to be quieter and smoother than their Boeing counterparts from my (limited) experience.

You like JavaScript! You really like it! Scripting lingo tops dev survey of programming languages

Andy Denton

As a developer for over 30 years....

I hate JavaScript. I get that it has its uses for the front end but what idiot thought using it at the back end was ever a good idea? In my current contract, I'm having to use node on a daily basis and the sooner I can get back to .NET Core, the better. Sadly, the current company I'm at has bought into the "JavaScript Everywhere" cult on the erroneous thinking that "Javascript developers are easier to recruit because there's more of them" totally missing the point that whilst most devs will have JS knowledge (primarily front ent), writing front-end code and writing back-end code are very different things. I'd like to imagine a time where we'll look back and laugh at the notion of using JavaScript everywhere, but I'm not hopeful.

Microsoft sends a raft of Windows 10 patches out into the Windows Update ocean

Andy Denton

Easy to criticise....

As a break from the usual Microsoft-bashing, can we at least give them some credit for still fixing software that's over 20 years old? How many other companies would do that?

If you've been dying to run some math on a dinky toy quantum computer, IBM may have something for you

Andy Denton

It's maths not math.

Dutch boyband hopes to reverse Brexit through the power of music

Andy Denton

Compitant? Is that like cofveve?

Microsoft squeezes a 2019 server out of the Azure DevOps pipeline

Andy Denton

To be fair to Microsoft, the whole VSTS/Azure DevOps package is a compelling solution when compared to trying to graft together a pipeline of several disparate tools. My last contract was using VSTS and found the whole pipeline slick and powerful. My current contract uses an unholy mix of GitHub, JIRA, TeamCity, CircleCI, Heroku and Cloud Foundry. There's really no comparison and it feels like going back to the dark ages.

Windows 10 goes into the Light and Cortana MIA as Microsoft buys chatbot bods XOXCO

Andy Denton


Shouldn't that be "Razor support in Visual Studio Code" (not Core)?

Germany pushes router security rules, OpenWRT and CCC push back

Andy Denton

The thing is..

....the vast majority of users don't ever buy a router. They just use whatever POS their broadband provider supplies at the start of their contract. Some ISPs will even go as far as to try and prohibit the use of a 3rd party router/modem (I'm looking at you Sky).

NHS*IT: Welsh system outages put patients at risk

Andy Denton

It's a lot better than the English model...

The English model of each trust using whatever half-arsed system they can acquire is an utter shambles. E.g. Rotherham were using some US system that required Radiology to raise an invoice to A & E for every X-Ray/Image taken and a lot of manual work cancelling and writing off these invoices periodically. This system is of course entirely incompatible with Leeds or Sheffield who run entirely different systems that can barely share basic information between each other.

I contracted as a senior dev at NWIS for almost 2 years. They have a standard system for hospital PAS (Myrddin), Cancer (the mentioned CANISC), Radiology (RADIS) and all these systems feed information into the Welsh Clinical Portal to provide a single view of a patient's full medical history for healthcare professionals.

Whilst some of the platforms they use are old (.NET 2.0, Delphi), they do a pretty decent job under pretty tight budgetary constraints.

In memoriam: See you in Valhalla, Skype Classic. Version 8 can never replace you

Andy Denton

Re: "rumuors of Microsoft embracing open Source"

Yes, Skype's Windows version was indeed written in Delphi. I interviewed for a contract role working on it about 6 years ago (got the role, but they were tardy in responding and I'd already signed for someone else).

Mourning Apple's war against sockets? The 2018 Mac mini should be your first port of call

Andy Denton

If you're a developer and you need to produce any native code for iOS you need a Mac and an entry-level Mac Mini fulfils the role perfectly. You might want to think about the real world rather than PC forums populated by 733t haxx0rs before launching ill-conceived rants.

Remember that lost memory stick from Heathrow Airport? The terrorist's wet dream? So does the ICO

Andy Denton

"Timings and routes of security patrols"

Whilst there may be defined patrol routes, the last thing you want is to execute these patrols in a predictable manner, especially in a high security environment. If your patrol management software doesn't cater for this, buy better software.

Salesforce dogged by protests, leaked emails, and guerrilla blimps on first day of Dreamforce

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Nothing Else Matters...apart from cash

Metallica's credibility as a band has been zero for a long time. Their reputation is now at it's very nadir with me as I found out the CHEAPEST tickets for the Manchester Arena gig next year is £105!!!! Yes, you read that right - over £100! Surprised they've not signed a sponsorship deal with Oracle with those prices.

nbn™ ponders a gamers' gate to throttle heavy wireless users

Andy Denton

However, Morrow said he believed a “fair use” policy to cap the heaviest users would predominantly *AFFECT* gamers who demanded a “steady streaming process”

Microsoft commits: We're buying GitHub for $7.5 beeeeeeellion

Andy Denton

This industry is insane. People blindly trust their source code to some random startup that could disappear overnight. A company that's known for supporting stuff for years takes over and everyone starts panicking and getting bent out of shape?

If this laptop is so portable, where's the keyboard, huh? HUH?

Andy Denton

4" floppies!?!? Never come across disks of that size before. 8", 5.25", 3.5" and 3" yes, but never 4".

Oregon will let engineer refer to himself as an 'engineer'

Andy Denton

Re: let me guess

I don't have a degree (got a job whilst studying for my HNC) but I've 30 years worth of industry experience. I've occasionally used the term Software Engineer to describe my job title IF the work I've been doing warrants it (e.g. writing my own scripting language as part of a project I was working on). If I'm just doing boring Line Of Business apps then I'm a developer.

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