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You are dead right - it actually did (and still does) deliver 100% on the promise. And 99.99% of all compiled Java code that you will find deployed out there right now *still runs without issue*, 20 years later, because of the extreme care with which the SDK has been evolved.
Low code sounds all very useful until managers realise that the coding part is just the fiddly bit in the middle of what we do for a living as software developers. A significantly large proportion of our time is just understanding what the hell they actually want to something to do. Another rather significantly large proportion of time goes on making sure what got made actually does match up, in reality, with what they wanted it to do in the first place, as well as generally not exploding, falling over, producing strange results when there's an R in the month, etc.
“And to this end they built themselves a stupendous super-computer which was so amazingly intelligent that even before its data banks had been connected up it had started from I think therefore I am and got as far as deducing the existence of rice pudding and income tax before anyone managed to turn it off.”
The update was indeed quite painful from 8 (straight to 11 but all the problems that had to be faced were introduce in 9).
However it turns out that most of the issues were actually caused by Eclipse, which is just plain rubbish in its support of modules, and when it's not rubbish it's just broken. With Eclipse misbehaving at every turn, it made trying to figure out how the module system worked almost impossible. Other IDEs are apparently slightly better.
The module system though is rather hugely complex and overengineered for a lot of Java development. Java's biggest strength was that it was like developing with fluffy Fischer-Price gloves. Any idiot like me could do it, and I have been for 20 years. The upgrade to JDK11 was so difficult I felt like an idiot and couldn't get anything to work. No wonder everyone's sticking with Java 8.
Every time I've tried to use Ubuntu, I've been thwarted by the unnecessarily fiddly window edges which make it strangely incredibly difficult to resize windows.
Well, until recently anyway, when fortunately the Unity interface put me off going any further before I even bothered trying to resize any windows.
The Thomson routers Plusnet provided were prone to simply seizing and needed rebooting about 2-3 times a day, due to a VOIP scanning issue; a probe for VOIP services would freeze the router.
I discovered this because I had to run up and down two flights of stairs every time it happened, several times a day.
I bought a Cisco router to replace it. Problem still occurred. Most vexed, I turned to Cisco support forums, and discovered the firmware the Cisco router came with suffered from exactly the same problem as the shitty consumer Thomson router.
The crucial difference was *the Cisco router could be patched*. And so all my troubles finished.
I was locked out of my Facebook account a year ago - apparently only "real people are allowed to have accounts on Facebook." I pointed out that I'd spent a fair amount of money advertising through them over the previous year and that though I may have a slightly unusual name it was reasonably obvious I was a real person. My account was reinstated a week later without much of an explanation as to why it was flagged in the first place.
I thought the days of childish Microsoft bashing were long gone as the nerderati have switched their attentions to the Fourth Reich (Apple)?
What's all this pointless Silverlight bashing from anonymous cowards who've never used it (and who also claim to have never installed Flash. Well I suppose it won't run on your Lynx browser anyway eh?)? It does what it says on the tin, it works, people can use it to make stuff. Go and rant somewhere else!
And to think I'm a dyed-in-the-wool Java developer, too, defending it.
We've been doing "free demos" with limited content and looking at optimising our conversion rates with clever upsell techniques for years and years now at Puppygames and then this music guy suddenly does exactly the same thing the rest of us have been doing since teh intarnets were invented and he's hailed as a genius?? Gah. Is there something fundamentally wrong with everyone in the music industry?
Steev, it may have escaped your attention but the reason why we use Allofmp3.com is because it gives us what we want, and none of the other online music vendors do. The others:
1. Give us stuff recorded at shitty bitrates in formats we don't want
2. Charge ridiculous money for the music and what's more they price fix it so the Yanks get charged half as much. Internet global economy my arse.
3. Encumber the music in extremely annoying DRM.
4. Don't even have half the music that allofmp3.com has
So perhaps if Napster, iTunes, etc. actually got their act together and *competed* by addressing those four points there wouldn't be problem, hmm?
...seem mysteriously absent, but are arguably two of the most fundamental factors in the digital economy these days. Paypal makes paying for stuff and receiving payments a little easier, and bittorrent makes not paying for stuff and giving away stuff for free a little easier.
No mention of instant messaging, which has fundamentally changed the way we communicate?