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02/23/2005:

ONLY the STRONGEST will survive...


'Only the strongest will survive...'

One of the loudest lines from the second track inside the Halo 2 soundtrack. I haven't played the game though (nor am I into computer games for that matter) but I have a copy of the music that comes with that game.

And I must say it blends well with a coding environment. The type of music that fires up and ignites syntax and semantics formation and other countless music-fueled-sound-intoxicated-coding-related tasks. (see Music... war and neurons)

I'm adding this to my collection of coding soundtracks which include, but is not limited to... Nine Inch Nails/Puddle of Mudd/The Crow soundtracks/Industrial themes, the Swordfish soundtrack (one of the best power-up-your-coding-tracks), Paul Oakenfold beats and trance, Enigma and of course U2 (with that Go Home Slaine Castle concert).

'Only the strongest will survive...'

When it comes to PLs, my bet is on C++, Delphi, Python... and of course, by this time you've guessed it already... Visual FoxPro.

(I'll probably include CSharp once it hits version 3.00 when parts of the legendary FoxPro technology is injected into it.)

But just because I did not mention your choice of PL, doesn't mean it is weak and I have disrespected your soul. VB is still one of the most widely used PLS around and Java, which two of my friends consider a 'very elegant language', has reached Mars already.

... and from what I've heard, 128-bit .asm programs are aiming for the sun.

In the other hand, the aliens invented CGI and PERL, that's why they looks cryptic but are still reliable... and undeniably PHP is fast (which is probably because the faction of aliens who created the specs for that language runs on slower CPUs (do the math and logic.))

But aliens aside, strength, dear friends, comes from within. It doesn't need sky-rocketing budgets for marketing.

Good PLs do not show off. (Though I have heard that 'Nothing demos like the Fox' line from Ken Levy (and from other VFP gurus as well) countless of times already.)

You have to look inside it, test it, feel it and use it to see its strengths.

And bring it to the 'real world'... not just within the confines of your room, bragging about it online, sharing it with other online friends, who by the way, are also dwelling in their own world.

Bring it out to the real user... a real world task.

When it comes to the real world, real life to life database-related applications, Visual Foxpro by far is the strongest.

Heck... it even survived ten years and a month and more of pondering inside an 'are we dead yet?' mindset.


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