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seen Sep 26 '12 at 12:48

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I've been programming since I was 8. I started with Apple Basic, then Timex Sinclair (ZX-81 at the time) Basic. After that I discovered the list of op-codes next to the ASCII chart in my ZX-81 manual. I began to compile my own hand-lettered sheets that put all the addressing modes of a given instruction in the same place so I could more easily handle-assemble small machine language programs.

It's gone on from there. The learning never ends.

Currently I do most of my programming in Python and C++ on Linux. I have a strong preference for Open Source software.

I've noticed that this site tends to have a slight bias for existing members. Members with a higher reputation tend to be voted up more even if their answer is very similar to someone else's with a lower reputation.


Sep
26
comment How can you put all images from a game to 1 file?
@Kylotan: I think app developers should demand more from filesystems. I'm really tired of having people contort their app designs in sad ways in order to handle the restrictions imposed by an OS vendor who refuses to actually do decent development on their filesystem. But yes, it's true, ultimately you have to code for reality.
Sep
26
comment How can you put all images from a game to 1 file?
@Kylotan: Actually, a really good filesystem can track those things and figure it out. Seriously. btrfs for Linux is working on a way to automatically move things to and from SSD storage based on usage patterns.
Sep
25
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Sep
25
comment How can you put all images from a game to 1 file?
This, in my opinion, is the ideal choice. If the filesystem can't handle that efficiently the filesystem is broken and you should be leaning on the OS maker to improve it.
Sep
25
comment How can you put all images from a game to 1 file?
The 'disk space' negative should be thought of as a deficiency in the filesystem implementation. I really hate random data formats that are just a whole ton of things that should be separate files shoved into one thing. That's what a directory is for, and the filesystem should be making that use-case efficient, and in fact can make that use-case far more efficient than any archive format. That being said, you have to code for reality, not an ideal. But I think keeping the ideal in mind is always a good idea.
Sep
25
awarded  Autobiographer