Pat Moran

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Does your book reference/address any tool(s) that can help upgrade/transition existing HTML code to HTML5? Or is it best to just rewrite from scratch? I am trying to plan for the migration of some "legacy" applications. Any insights would be greatly appreciated. Thanks. Pat
Jocelyn, Brandon, Christopher, and Shannon,

I've scanned the TOC to see if your text covers differences in programming considerations for the iPhone vs. the iPad.
Are there any programming considerations or is it simply a "non-issue"?

Thanks in advance for your reply.

Pat Moran
10 years ago
iOS
Hello Brandon, Christopher, and Shannon:

My question is this: Is it relatively straightforward to write a single piece of source code that can work effectively on both the iPhone and iPad? If so, would the best approach be a single build or separate builds for each target environment?

Thanks.

Pat
11 years ago
iOS
Hi Rory,

I've looked at Amazon's entry for your book and reviewed the TOC and sample text. What isn't immediately clear from what I saw is the "level" of the text, and I'm hesitant to draw a conclusion based simply on the title of the book.

I've been programming a long time, in a variety of languages (not including Objective-C) and environments. I've decided that iPhone/iPad development is the next area that I want to move into, an area that is totally new to me.

So my question is this: would your book be too simplistic for an experienced developer, but a developer with no iPhone/iPad development experience. (I'm hoping that your answer is "no" since I'm looking for a good resource to get me started in this technology that is new for me.)

Thanks in advance for your response.

Patrick Moran
11 years ago
iOS
Thank you, Mark. Now I know that it is worth some additional research, which I will definitely do.

Pat
12 years ago
I was talking with a friend of mine recently who supports a wide variety of (programmable) lab equipment. He will be using Java in the future to "program" some of these systems, the more modern systems using XP. A few of these systems are VERY old - 8088 and 286 based PCs running DOS. He asked me if Java was available for DOS. I told him I didn't know.

Does anyone know if there are any versions of javac and java available for DOS? If so, what version(s)? What are the minimum system requirements? Where can they be found for download?

Thanks in advance.

Pat
13 years ago
Ed,
First, let me thank you for adding to the "literature" of what makes great programmers "tick".
I started as a programmer many years ago, taught classes for developers (entry level to advanced) for many years, and have now gone back to the progamming that I've always loved. Through the years, I've always greatly enjoyed discussions on development techniques and thought processes. I've also read and enjoyed books like "The Psychology of Computer Programming", "Software Tools", "Programmers at Work", and "The Art of Unix Programming". These were all great for their times. I am looking forward to reading your book for the insights of these great developers in the "current" technologies.
Now for my question: In your interviews with any of these developers, did you have any personal "Ah Ha!" moments in anything they said?
Thanks, again.
Pat
13 years ago
Are there specific types or classes of applications that are particularly well suited to AJAX? Are there those that are definitely NOT suited to AJAX?
Scott,

In your response to one of the posts, you said that database refactoring was "a safe and simple technique". With the possible significant changes that could result, especially in an "old" legacy application, what aspects of the technique make it "safe and simple"? Are there specific situations where you need to be especially careful as you refactor a database?

Thanks in advance for your response.

Pat
It is so often said that to program using AJAX you need to be a "rocket scientist". Having looked at the basics of the "technology", it seems to me that you DO need to be a "programmer" (which so many in this business today are not), but NOT a "rocket scientist". A good programmer should be able to use this "technology" effectively.

What do you think?

Pat
I just wanted to comment on your book.

Last year I was involved in mentoring a group of programmers being retrained from their traditional 3rd generation environment into Java. I worked with the group after the formal training was completed. Their company provided standard intructor-led training that used the standard "big binder" handout approach. As a supplement, several of the group bought your book. They found it tremendously helpful in understanding these concepts that were so new to them. In reviewing their copies, I found your approach refreshing, challenging, and extremely effective. You've hit on a great idea, stimulating multiple areas of the brain, making the material understandable, and most importantly, remembered/retained. I've learned a few new things about teaching from looking at your book.

Thanks.

Pat Moran
16 years ago
Herb,

Just wanted to briefly comment.

I've used copies of your "C - A Complete Reference" as reference material for students in C classes that I've taught in the past. The students found the text useful after the class and I found it to be a good tool for use in conducting the classes.

I find your writing style clear, straightforward, and accurate. I'm glad to see that you are continuing to write to provide tools for those coming up in this industry.

Now that I've seen this post I'll remember to get a copy of this, your latest Java book, in case I am asked to teach a Java course in the coming months.

Pat Moran
16 years ago
I do training and have found that "traditional" "legacy" programmers often have difficulty changing their mindset to objects. Have you found that this text is useful for retraining these types of folks?
Hi Peter,

Thanks for your quick response. I'll buy a copy of the book (if I don't win a copy) and review it with an eye to using it in my next class.

Thanks.

Pat
17 years ago
I teach IT training classes. Do you feel this book to be suitable for a retraining program, retooling mainframe programmers in Java technology?

Thanks.

patm
17 years ago