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We’re treating our readers as intelligent beings who can use Google and/or StackOverflow, where all such specific questions were answered more than once.

What you will find is opinions, more opinions, and even more opinions on all the aspects of software development - and with a large chunk of them based on real-world experience too.

Your mileage may vary. Batteries not included.


Epic vs Apple: What to Expect?

Another Quote: “one should not try to mount such attacks without some big and heavy ace up their sleeve”
Quote: “Apple won a battle, but not the war”

Five Myths used in “Golang vs Node.js” debate

Quote: “Performance-wise, Golang is closer to Node.js than to C/C++”
Another Quote: “concurrency (leave alone efficient concurrency) is never easy”

Bringing Architecture of Operating Systems to XXI Century – Part IV. First Draft

Quote: “While L3 kernel can STILL run on MMU-less RAM-constrained MCUs, it provides responsiveness which is comparable to that of multi-stack kernels.”
Another Quote: “multi-coring is essentially a special case of balancing shared-nothing nodes”

Bringing Architecture of Operating Systems to XXI Century – Part III. Basic Ideas

Quote: “everything in the system should be a Finite State Machine (FSM)”
Another Quote: “‘OS’ is not understood as ‘OS kernel’, but rather is defined by the apps which can run on it”

Bringing Architecture of Operating Systems to XXI Century – Part II. Desirable Improvements

Quote: “low-end versions of the new OS should be lean enough to run on a ~$1 MCU (these days ~=4K RAM, 32K ROM)”
Another Quote: “last N minutes of the life of the production program before crashing, should be replayable on my development box.”

Bringing Architecture of Operating Systems to XXI Century – Part I. Changes in IT Over Last 50 Years

Quote: “we’re using operating systems which were designed whopping 40-50 years from now”
Another Quote: “Do not communicate by sharing memory; instead, share memory by communicating.”

Programming Languages As a Social Network

The Idea Recently, I was thinking about visualizing relations among different programming languages, and a thought has crossed my mind: Methodology I took quite a few more-or-less popular programming languages (33 to be exact); however, I explicitly restricted myself to more-or-less general-purpose programming languages. This eliminated DSLs such as R, as well as all dialects […]