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Topics that talk about general programming principles

DIC Power Inc. – Where We Wire Up Controls in .NET

Every morning at the crack of dawn Skyhawk133 gets up to the sounds of the rooster crowing and puts on a pot of coffee. He has just enough time to take a shower and grab a quick bite before he is off to the Dream.In.Code (DIC) Power company to start the day of powering the worlds programming ideologists. The work day starts as normal where the DIC electricians and programming ...

Simple/Basic Password Generation in PHP

Once in awhile every great programmer just needs a little snippet to get the project moving forward. One great snippet that is really useful is one for generating unique passwords. You could use something like this for assigning a generic password to an account (perhaps for a PHP game) that the user then logins with and changes their password or simply for resetting passwords (like in a forgot password feature). ...

C++ or C#, In the End Does It Even Matter?

This debate rages on and on and really appears to have no end in sight. Everyone tackles this long winded discussion from a different angle and it even gets into verbal attacks between parties. Some quoting one source while another quoting another source when really people have lost the overall picture that programming is meant to solve... providing a solution to a problem. Some languages work better on certain problems ...

Is Newbies Killing the Programming Star?

In the age of information, programming finds itself at the forefront of it all. When you create a new system you have to have the software to drive it. Even if we were to go the way of iRobot you have to have software to give the robots their personality... and of course programmers develop that. If one day machines get their long awaited artificial intelligence, it will be at ...

The Mysteries of Data Flow Diagrams

You can probably guess what a Data Flow Diagram might mean. It has something to do with Data from Star Trek and his schematics right? No no... while he kicks ass on the Enterprise, Data Flow Diagrams kick ass in system design. You might not be able to build a robot with artificial intelligence and calculates at teraflops a second, but you can dramatically improve your skills of converting a ...

Tips on Converting from Console to GUI

One of the most daunting tasks for any beginner programmer is building a great console application and wanting to put it into a GUI, but don't know how. Even experts have trouble at times doing this because the design for the console application assumes output would go to one screen unless directed elsewhere. In this entry I provide a few tips on migrating that great console app over to something ...