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poll ideas quest 2012

by pollsters
on Jan 01, 2012 at 17:41 UTC ( #945799=quest: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??
Quest starts at:Jan 01, 2012 at 05:00 UTC
Quest ends at:Dec 31, 2012 at 05:00 UTC

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First, read How do I create a Poll?. Then suggest your poll here. Complete ideas are more likely to be used.

Note that links may be used in choices but not in the title.

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Re: poll ideas quest 2012
by cavac (Chaplain) on Jan 02, 2012 at 16:04 UTC

    If i write a new Perl program, i worry most about...

    • how it would scale.
    • speed.
    • reliability.
    • making it user-friendly.
    • documentation.
    • portability.
    • what other monks will say about it.
    • getting paid.
    • getting the darn thing to run at all.

    BREW /very/strong/coffee HTTP/1.1
    Host: goodmorning.example.com
    
    418 I'm a teapot
      "getting the darn thing to run at all." :)

      • all the things I don't know
      • my own blind spots
      • WW[LRO_]D?


      Be Appropriate && Follow Your Curiosity
      ...how many bytes it takes up. You can do pretty much everything in under 140 characters.
Re: poll ideas quest 2012
by chacham (Curate) on Jan 04, 2012 at 02:09 UTC
    When i see "10", i think:
    • 0 (one "zero")
    • 2 (binary)
    • 10 (duh!)
    • 110 (one "ten")
    • X (when in Rome)
    • ? HOME (clearly basic)
    • Countdown (explosion, or some stupid list)
    • Perfect!

    Posted as When I see "10", I think:

      • lO (bad font)
      • time to go to bed (looking at my digital watch)

      Bo Derek!


      What can be asserted without proof can be dismissed without proof. - Christopher Hitchens, 1949-2011
Re: poll ideas quest 2012
by tobyink (Abbot) on Jan 10, 2012 at 17:34 UTC

    My next project will...

    • use Moose
    • use Mouse
    • use Any::Moose
    • use Moo
    • use Mo
    • use Object::Tiny
    • use Class::Accessor (old-school)
    • none of the above
    • I have been living under a rock for the past few years and don't know what you're talking about
      • import java.awt.event.ActionEvent;
      use Data::Dumper
        ^this
Re: poll ideas quest 2012 (boiling tea water)
by ambrus (Abbot) on Jan 12, 2012 at 17:58 UTC

    I usually boil tea water on…

    • Outdoor fire
    • Hearth
    • Stove burning room pressure liquid
    • Primus stove
    • Stove with LPG cylinder
    • Stove with municipal gas
    • Submerged water boiler
    • Electric stove
    • Induction stove
    • Water boiler
    • Electric kettle
    • Coffee machine
    • Microwave oven
    • Vending machine
    • Central heating
    • Solar hot water panels
    • Oven
    • Geyser or natural hot water springs
    • Car engine
    • Computer processor or video card
    • Lens collecting sunlight
    • Nuclear reactor
    • Volcano
    • Breathing fire
    • I make tea from cold water
    • I buy tea
    • I never drink or make tea

    I guess this is too long as well. Should try to find a way to make it shorter. Or find a place for longer polls.

    Update: added Geyser or natural hot water springs.

    Update 2013-02-16: done at I usually boil water for tea using a(n) ....

      • Quooker. (Once you're used to one, you don't want anything else)

      Enjoy, Have FUN! H.Merijn

        Quooker. (Once you're used to one, you don't want anything else

        And then the electricity goes out and you're trapped :)

      Weekday mornings
Re: poll ideas quest 2012
by cavac (Chaplain) on Jan 18, 2012 at 18:20 UTC

    You enter the Monastery and

    • you are in a maze of twisty little passages, all alike.
    • you are in a dark alleyway. Scratches and bloodstains line the walls.
    • you see exits south and east of you.
    • there is a small mailbox here.
    • it is pitch black. You are likely to be eaten by a grue.
    • the dusty cover of a trap-door appears.
    • i don't know how to 'Please'.
    • your office, where you carry out your Bastardly duties.

    "You have reached the Monastery. All our helpdesk monks are busy at the moment. Please press "1" to instantly donate 10 currency units for a good cause or press "2" to hang up. Or you can dial "12" to get connected directly to second level support."
      • You utter xyzzy and plugh hoping it'll put you in the right place

      Enjoy, Have FUN! H.Merijn
Re: poll ideas quest 2012
by Nasrudin (Novice) on Jan 30, 2012 at 23:56 UTC
    Every year it seems there's a new paradigm/tool/technology for software engineers to become familiar with. The reasons range from "because everyone else is doing it" to "wow that's a great idea". Various examples, in no way intended to condone or detract from anyone or anything, might be: Moose, Catalyst, PSGI, KiokuDB, MongoDB, mootools, dojo, JQuery, Node.js, etc. What is your best practice when you see a new technology mentioned somewhere?
    • Ignore it. New technologies appear and disappear so fast it's not worth the investment in time.
    • Ignore anything new. Old technology is stable and reliable, and the new things will eventually wash away as the transient memetics that they are.
    • Ignore it for a year. If it survives that long, look for major open source projects using it, check ohlol for mindshare, and check their git repository for recent commits. If it passes these tests, consider using it.
    • So...who's mentioning it? Are they someone? Would someone who's anyone be seen coding with the person mentioning it? Wait until someone who is someone mentions this technology before adopting it. (If that happens, adopt right away! :) )
    • Write something using the technology that no one will be using in production, just to see if it works. If this code winds up in production, then it's a good technology.
    • Nothing old is good, so if it's new it must be good. Do a git checkout of HEAD and hack away, submitting patches for how you think it should be.
    • Is this an appropriate tool for what needs to happen? If so, try it out. If not, move on, even though that's a great idea.
    • Each of the above strategies, as well as none of the above strategies, are all equally applicable depending on the situation and task at hand.

      That reminds me to this comment by SnOrfus in Programmers StackExchange thread Do job postings exaggerate their requirements?: “Even better, I remember (a lot of) ads for junior developers with 5-7 years of .NET experience... 2 years after it was released.

      So add an option saying “Edit my cv to add 3 years of experience of that technology”.

Re: poll ideas quest 2012 (plates)
by ambrus (Abbot) on Feb 19, 2012 at 17:09 UTC
Re: poll ideas quest 2012 (reaction to other intelligent species)
by ambrus (Abbot) on Feb 19, 2012 at 18:23 UTC
      Considering the current state of the planet I would question the use of the word "intelligent" here. Some people believe that long-living beneficial plants like trees are far more intelligent than us reckless humans. I mean, when did you last see a tree driving to the supermarket to buy food?
        Almost all (if not all) the options can be turned to passive :)
      • be long extinct

      Given the current way politics and "free" economy works, you should add the option "take all their valuables and send them to prison for not paying their income tax"

      .
      "You have reached the Monastery. All our helpdesk monks are busy at the moment. Please press "1" to instantly donate 10 currency units for a good cause or press "2" to hang up. Or you can dial "12" to get connected directly to second level support."
      • See how they go with some fava beans and a nice chianti...
Re: poll ideas quest 2012
by nemesdani (Friar) on Feb 27, 2012 at 09:58 UTC
    When I go out to the Monastery gardens, I see a lot of monks practicing the Art of Perl. Which is like

  • Wushu: has as many styles as stars on the oriental sky
  • Boxing: a few tools, infinite combinations, pride of the western world
  • Okinawan karate: relies on strength, linear and brutal
  • Tai chi chuan: if know your stuff well enough, you can spin the world around yourself
  • Krav maga: ugly and effective, basic training goes a long way
  • MMA: other programmers enjoy watching the mayhem in the IDE, but afraid to join the fun
  • Silat: exotic weapons, incomprehensible techniques, sudden death
Re: poll ideas quest 2012
by Recetas (Initiate) on Mar 02, 2012 at 17:35 UTC
    I would focus on speed.
Re: poll ideas quest 2012
by raybies (Chaplain) on Mar 20, 2012 at 19:56 UTC

    Who makes the best cookie?

    • Mrs. Fields
    • Pillsburry Doughboy
    • Keebler Elves
    • The Girlscouts
    • Otis Spunkmeyer
    • Nestle's Tollhouse
    • Mr Nabisco's little boy named, "Oreo".
    • My Grandma
    • GRANDMA'S® Brand fully owned subsidiary of Frito-Lay Inc.
    • My Website
    • Cookies are evil, and I'm fairly sure that the above names are riders of the apocalypse.
    Since we can count on Lady Aleena liking this poll... as she always brings the cookies to the CB, it might a good poll to check out all our tastes... :)

    Any other suggestions for cookie makers?

Re: poll ideas quest 2012 (lies to children)
by ambrus (Abbot) on Mar 28, 2012 at 14:05 UTC

      Oh DAMN! I should have searched. This was already suggested: Re: poll ideas quest 2007. I even replied to that suggestion. Sorry, everyone.

      I've got deadlines rushing at me, could you lend me your time machine? ;)
Re: poll ideas quest 2012
by chacham (Curate) on Apr 01, 2012 at 10:58 UTC

    The next poll(s) should be determined by:

    • Cycling through previous polls
    • Randomly choosing from non-chosen poll ideas
    • Posting this poll
    • Showing everyone a different question, causing confusion in the comments
    • Purposely mispelling a word or two to genirate interest.
    • Nothing. Noone votes in polls anyway.

      Showing everyone a different question, causing confusion in the comments

      lmao :)

Re: poll ideas quest 2012
by mrguy123 (Hermit) on Apr 04, 2012 at 13:03 UTC
    What will you miss the most in a post-apocalyptic world?
    • Indoor plumbing
    • clean water
    • hot coffee
    • cold beer
    • writing Perl programs
    • Seinfeld reruns
    • Friends reruns
    • hanging around in the Monastery
    • smart phones
    • electricity
    • Perl Golf
    • Cars
    • medicine
    • Burgers
    • toilet paper
    • CPAN
    • other
Re: poll ideas quest 2012
by chacham (Curate) on Apr 19, 2012 at 23:58 UTC
    The (redundant) predicate in a SQL EXISTS() predicate should be "SELECT ?":
    • * -- Nothing says "i don't care" like a good asterisk
    • 1 -- "Everyone knows" asterisk causes a useless data dictionary lookup
    • '1' -- Characterizes a number one idea
    • NULL -- Why SELECT anything at all?
    • 'NULL' -- Null strings are best
    • '/dev/null' -- In case you nix the other ideas
    • 'NUL' -- Used in all Windows of opportunity
    • Avoid the issue by using IN() stead
    • Convolute the issue by doing a join
Re: poll ideas quest 2012
by chacham (Curate) on Apr 24, 2012 at 20:13 UTC

    When a new version of software is released that changes the UI, i:

    • upgrade immediately
    • upgrade after testing it
    • upgrade after community acceptance
    • upgrade after the first patch
    • upgrade after my next OS refresh/reinstall
    • upgrade when the current release doesn't do what i want
    • complain to everyone i know
    • complain in an email to the developers
    • complain, then upgrade, and get on with life
    • fork the project
    • ask someone else to fork the project
    • find an alternative
Re: poll ideas quest 2012
by cavac (Chaplain) on Apr 26, 2012 at 17:02 UTC

    When my Perl script doesn't work, i

    • try to debug it.
    • go for a coffee break.
    • ask in SoPW for help.
    • demand in SoPW that someone fix it! Now!!!
    • repeatedly bash my head against the wall.
    • repeatedly bash someone else's head against the wall.
    • ignore the problem in the hope nobody will notice.
    • declare that it's a feature, not a bug.
    • write an RFC to make my "solution" an internet standard.
    • don't care.

    "You have reached the Monastery. All our helpdesk monks are busy at the moment. Please press "1" to instantly donate 10 currency units for a good cause or press "2" to hang up. Or you can dial "12" to get connected directly to second level support."

      run it again "just in case"
      wait until the next morning, hoping "reverse code rot" fixes it

      It's obviously a missing semi-colon, but I don't have the time to figure out where it is; therefore, change all characters to semi-colons!

      perl -pi -e 's/./;/g' super_important_script.pl
Re: poll ideas quest 2012
by chacham (Curate) on Apr 30, 2012 at 14:54 UTC

    I eat my own dogfood because:

    • I can
    • There's nothing better out there
    • It's a good selling point
    • I can't afford anyone else's
Re: poll ideas quest 2012
by chacham (Curate) on Apr 30, 2012 at 15:03 UTC

    The best rhyme for "orange" is:

      • door hinge
      perl -E'sub Monkey::do{say$_,for@_,do{($monkey=[caller(0)]->[3])=~s{::}{ }and$monkey}}"Monkey say"->Monkey::do'
Re: poll ideas quest 2012
by chacham (Curate) on Apr 30, 2012 at 15:13 UTC

    The difference between datum and data is:

    • one datum
    • archaic
    • an interesting piece of data
    • used to sound smart
    • a proof the "a" is long
Re: poll ideas quest 2012
by chacham (Curate) on May 01, 2012 at 12:00 UTC

    Email subject lines (or forum post titles) should be written:

    • before writing the body: it's a lead in
    • after writing the body: it's a summary
    • in uppercase: it might be ignored otherwise
    • never: it's redundant
    • as the entire message: i'm a PHB

    Posted as Email subject lines should be written:

Re: poll ideas quest 2012
by cdarke (Prior) on May 21, 2012 at 10:38 UTC
    My most common answer to a question about Perl is:
    • Yes, of course it can
    • Because of context
    • $_
    • undef
    • You have a missing semi-colon on the line above
    • RTFM
    • That's fixed in Perl 6
    • No, its Perl or perl
    • Did you Super Search?
    • There's a CPAN module for that
    • Something else...
      • Yes, and I am even getting paid for that.
      • Line 42
Re: poll ideas quest 2012
by ansh batra (Friar) on May 24, 2012 at 19:15 UTC

    I started using perl because

    • my boss asked my to do so
    • my friends have told me about the advantages of using perl
    • I found about it while surfing on internet
    • it was the part of my high school curriculum
        Sorry I din't know that.
        hard luck for me
        although this is connected to my life
Re: poll ideas quest 2012
by chacham (Curate) on Jul 01, 2012 at 10:43 UTC

      Also,

      • IRC
      • perl -de 1
      • perldoc

      Alex / talexb / Toronto

      "Groklaw is the open-source mentality applied to legal research" ~ Linus Torvalds

        Excellent points. Thanx!

        I wonder how many people turn to perldoc. Or is it just one of those things people tell other people to do. :P

      • POD
Re: poll ideas quest 2012
by cavac (Chaplain) on Jul 31, 2012 at 18:44 UTC

    My project estimates are based on

    • careful analysis of the requirements.
    • gut feeling.
    • Albannach's rule of thumb: 882459
    • a fair dice roll.
    • some random numbers i pulled out of thin air.
    • print "$day_of_week months $day_of_month days\n";
    • carefully calculating how much paid overtime i need to pay for my next vacation.
    • how much i like/dislike my customer.

    "I know what i'm doing! Look, what could possibly go wrong? All i have to pull this lever like so, and then press this button here like ArghhhhhaaAaAAAaaagraaaAAaa!!!"
Re: poll ideas quest 2012
by chacham (Curate) on Jul 31, 2012 at 22:17 UTC

    The best line of code is:

    • the line you never had to write
    • the line you eliminated after writing it
    • any line wirtten in perl
    • a comment
    • 42 GOTO 42
    • while (ticks == jiffies);
    • Robert'); DROP TABLE Students; --

Re: poll ideas quest 2012
by greengaroo (Hermit) on Aug 07, 2012 at 14:26 UTC

    Prologue:

    I would like to learn more about the employment status of Perl developers, for several reasons: first, I teach Perl programming and I would like to tell my students what they should expect from learning the language. Second, beside teaching, I also work as a consultant and I do Perl development full time. I always preach for Perl and defend the values of the language among my coworkers. Third, I once was told by a headhunter that I should focus on PHP instead of Perl because that would be better for my career (I refused her PHP job and got a better Perl job instead).

    Question/topic:

    What kind of Perl job do you have / are you looking for?

    Choices:

    • I have a job doing full time Perl programming, I am not looking for a new one.
    • I have a job doing full time Perl programming, but I would love to find a better opportunity.
    • I have a job doing full time Perl programming, but I hate it! I would prefer working with another language.
    • I have a job and I do only a little Perl programming but that's enough for me.
    • I have a job and I do only a little Perl programming but I'd like to do more!
    • I have a job and I do only a little Perl programming but that's too much for me!
    • I have a job, I don't do Perl programming, and I don't care for a new job.
    • I have a job, I don't do Perl programming but I would love to, if I find a good opportunity.
    • I have a job but I only do Perl programming on weekends. I don't want to work full time in Perl. It's more like a hobby.
    • I don't have a job right now, I would love to find a Perl programming opportunity.
    • I don't have a job right now but I am not looking to work with Perl.
    • I don't have a job right now and I love it!
    • Being paid for doing Perl programming??? I would do that for free!
    • Perl is dead. There are no job opportunities for Perl developpers anymore.
    • What is "Perl"?
    • What is "job"?

    Thank you!

    -- Take my advice. I don't use it anyway.
      I'd love to see the answers of this pool, maybe I could find the answer of the question : What is job? Is it doing the same thing over and over again no matter the language?

        It's like I've always said... if you work for a business, you should really try to look busy!

        But if you are stuck doing the same thing over and over again, you should really try to automate your work! Then you will have more time to look busy.

        There are no stupid questions, but there are a lot of inquisitive idiots.
Re: poll ideas quest 2012
by chacham (Curate) on Aug 26, 2012 at 06:28 UTC

    Nehw gnitirw sdrawkcab, uoy dluohs:

    • etirw eht ecnetnes sdrawrof tub hcae drow sdrawkcab.
    • sdrawkcab ecnetnes elohw eht etirw.
    • ekam erus ton ot lepissm gnihtyna!
    • sikp baacdkrws and do taht miexd mddile leettr tnihg.
    • og yelalr yrzac dna od hotb deixm edlidm dna swkrdcaab!
Re: poll ideas quest 2012
by chacham (Curate) on Aug 26, 2012 at 07:01 UTC

    The most important innovation to music was the:

    • Phonograph
    • Radio
    • 8-track, Cassette, CD
    • Walkman
    • Music videos (M-TV, VH1)
    • MP3
    • Napster

    Note: This is similar to Music is the most fun when stored via..., though not quite the same question

Re: poll ideas quest 2012
by chacham (Curate) on Aug 26, 2012 at 07:15 UTC

    1 + 1 =

    • 1 (one unit of "two", socratic)
    • 2 (math)
    • 10 (binary)
    • 11 (adjacent)
    • 21 ("two one")
Re: poll ideas quest 2012
by chacham (Curate) on Aug 26, 2012 at 07:16 UTC
Re: poll ideas quest 2012
by chacham (Curate) on Aug 29, 2012 at 03:16 UTC

    Haiku polls should be:

    • Just in the poll and options
    • Include the comments
Re: poll ideas quest 2012
by ksublondie (Pilgrim) on Sep 05, 2012 at 20:49 UTC
    When writing code for end users, what operator error always surprises you?
    • double-clicking on html pages
    • incorrect data (date/number/etc) formatting
    • not submitting all the required input
    • not reading the detailed instructions I've apparently wasted my time writing
    • not understanding the detailed instructions I've apparently wasted my time writing
    • not seeing the detailed instructions in flashing uppercase red letters on the screen I've apparently wasted my time writing
    • I never know what crazy stunt they'll come up with next
    • Nothing...my code is smarter than the dumbest user
    • Nothing...I don't care
    • What end users? All my code is automated.
    • other

      Programming today is a race between software engineers striving to build bigger and better idiot-proof programs, and the Universe trying to produce bigger and better idiots. So far, the Universe is winning.
      — Rich Cook

      Athanasius <°(((><contra mundum

      • Reporting solved bugs while not upgrading to a fixed version.
      لսႽ† ᥲᥒ⚪⟊Ⴙᘓᖇ Ꮅᘓᖇ⎱ Ⴙᥲ𝇋ƙᘓᖇ
Re: poll ideas quest 2012
by chacham (Curate) on Sep 21, 2012 at 04:02 UTC

    The thing i fear most about going too far back in time is:

    • There might be a language barrier
    • No toilet/toilet paper
    • No cold beer
    • Being labeled a heretic
    • Unwittingly becoming my own ancestor
    • Missing necessary tools
    • I'd have no family.
    • I hate reruns

      • FORTRAN, COBOL, BASIC, ... but wait, there’s no Perl!

      Athanasius <°(((><contra mundum

Re: poll ideas quest 2012 (Sci-fi)
by Arunbear (Parson) on Sep 21, 2012 at 15:48 UTC
    The most improbable construct in Science Fiction:
    • Time travel
    • Faster than light travel
    • Teleportation
    • Artificial intelligence
    • Superhuman abilities
    • Extraterrestrial life
    • Force fields
    • Other

      There is a good book on how improbable certain science-fiction-inventions are: Michio Kaku: Physics of the Impossible.

      Here the author analyzes the ideas and investigates, whether they are just "very complicated" to create, whether they need some scientific breakthrough before they can be realized or whether they are in conflict with some physical laws (which need to be proven incorrect before the invention can be realized).

      Happy reading!

      Rata

      PS: the amazon-link is just for illustration; buy your books whereever you want!

Re: poll ideas quest 2012
by blue_cowdawg (Prior) on Oct 19, 2012 at 14:57 UTC

    The first thing I do when I get to my desk at school:

    1. Scratch
    2. Plug my laptop in
    3. Log on to PM and check newest nodes
    4. Read my email
    5. Make coffee
    6. All the above
    7. None of the above (other, please explain)
    8. Cowboy Neal


    Peter L. Berghold -- Unix Professional
    Peter -at- Berghold -dot- Net; AOL IM redcowdawg Yahoo IM: blue_cowdawg

      Nice start, but voted down for the last option.


      Enjoy, Have FUN! H.Merijn
Reaped: Re: poll ideas quest 2012
by NodeReaper (Curate) on Oct 24, 2012 at 10:24 UTC
Re: poll ideas quest 2012
by karlgoethebier (Curate) on Nov 26, 2012 at 12:20 UTC

    What is the best programming language for building a tool that automatically records the best television broadcast of the evening?

    • Perl
    • PHP
    • C/C++
    • C#
    • Awk
    • Ada
    • Java
    • Scheme
    • Actionscript
    • Other
    • I know the answer, but i don't tell you!
    • I've been searching for 10 years, without any result
    • I don't watch TV
    • What is a TV?
    • What is a programming language?
    • I'm not a programmer

    «The Crux of the Biscuit is the Apostrophe»

Re: poll ideas quest 2012 (Gangnam)
by Arunbear (Parson) on Dec 28, 2012 at 14:11 UTC

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