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    In the 80s I had a COBOL programmer for a room mate, he worked for a lrge insurance company. He carried a pager after hours. If a crash occurred he went in to fix it.

    When writing system code C allowed acces sto registers in the processor and peripheral chips. With memory protection Windows does not allow you to do that directly anymore

    C was called a high level assembler. You can do all the low level bit and register operations that you can do with assembly language.


    C source code -> assembly language code -> machine code binary executables.

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    Quote Originally Posted by steve_bank View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by rousseau View Post

    I definitely feel spoiled having entered the industry in the 10's. There was a steep learning curve to get where I am now, but truth be told I don't find my work that challenging anymore. If I don't know something the answer is on Google. If there is a bug I can use a debugger.

    It's actually quite beautiful in that people can't just walk in off the street and do it (job security), but for me programming feels like breathing, effortless.
    It is about efficiency and cost. There are tools that take scripted pseudo code and generate C code for different platforms. A guy I knew who sold financial SW paid around $0k for the package and $5k per seat. It enabled him to have one sw engineer instead of 3 or 4.

    Knuths Seni Numdrical Algorithms covers the usual stuff like sorting, searching, random number generators. The general algorithms are well know. The book does not include current AI algorithms, Knuths Semi Numerical Algorithms covere just about all of the regular topics.

    Places like Google and Amazon developed new AI, search, storage, and data base techniques that are proprietary. They are where the action is, so to speak.

    MS VS provides low level functions for web apps and GUI creation. The challenge is not in the code, it is learning VS.
    It can still be a challenge, but the challenge often comes from the specific business problem. If someone wants me to write a simple CRUD or web app I can do it in my sleep, but in my current role I occasionally have to engage my brain if the business problem is complicated enough.

    That being said, in my city it's mostly IT departments and not technology companies so I haven't spent a lot of time with anything too complicated.

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    OK, delay timer in Javascript.. please?

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    Quote Originally Posted by none View Post
    OK, delay timer in Javascript.. please?
    setTimeout

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    thanks

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