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Re: Polls should be closed at

by blacksmith (Hermit)
on Jul 26, 2002 at 19:14 UTC ( #185635=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Polls should be closed at

Why close them at all??? Just keep opening new polls and never close them.

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Re: Re: Polls should be closed at
by Boots111 (Hermit) on Jul 29, 2002 at 12:59 UTC
    Because that sounds suspiciously close to java programming...

    Computer science is merely the post-Turing decline of formal systems theory.
      I'm sure that would be hilarious if i got it. Unfortunately, i dont. Care to explain?
        It stems from a rant I have about Java's use in educational programming. Too often I see Java used at my college for everything, and the students not even learning C or C++. This becomes problematic, in that many of them don't ever learn how exactly one manages memory. This then turns into the syndrome of "just keep opening resources, eventually the garbage collector will come along and save me"

        I don't have anything against Java in particular, just its misuse. That and the sort of thoughtless fanatacism that occasionally accompanies it

        All this said I had only intended the comment as a somewhat offhanded and humerous comment...

        Computer science is merely the post-Turing decline of formal systems theory.

            I don't know C or Java very well, but I believe it is a reference to the (debatable) benefit of Java over C/C++.
            In C, when you create a variable, you have to reserve memory for it. Then when you are done with the variable you must close that area of memory. In Java, you just use the variable and it cleans up for you. Java-type people call this garbage collection.

        -- GhodMode

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