Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 13th Dec 2010 19:27 UTC, submitted by lemur2
Mono Project For the most time, I've been firmly in the largest camp when it comes to the Mono debate - the 'I don't care'-camp. With patent lawsuits being hotter than Lady Gaga right now, that changed. For good reason, so it seems; while firmly in the 'ZOMG-MICROSOFT-IS-T3H-EVILL!1!!ONE!'-camp, The-Source.com investigated the five most popular Mono applications, and the conclusion is clear: all of them implement a lot of namespaces which are not covered by Microsoft's community promise thing.
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Computer programming isn't 'Safe'
by Richard Dale on Tue 14th Dec 2010 18:37 UTC
Richard Dale
Member since:
2005-07-22

Congratulations to the guys who wrote the apps that were criticized for being 'unsafe' with respect to being sued by Microsoft over the use of Mono because they used 'the wrong namespaces'.

But actually computer programming is not a very safe activity. If you are at all nervous about 'unsafe things' you would be better off taking up an activity like knitting or watching TV at home.

You can be over 35 and find that nobody wants to employ you.

You can be an expert at 'language X' which then goes out of fashion and find that nobody wants to employ you.

You can work on 'project X' which is technically very ambitious, takes 5 years and is never released, and after that you find nobody wants to employ you.

I've been a programmer for a long time and have bit hit by all the above major problems. I can confirm that out of all the things you should be worried about as a programmer who wants to have a long career, that using the wrong namespace in your C# program is rather low on the list.

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TheGZeus Member since:
2010-05-19

Hmm.

Writing anything solely for money isn't a safe activity, indeed.

You either end up starving, frustrated, and lonely, wondering why no one will compensate you for what you want to do, or you end up writing trite crap novels with titles like "A is for Alibi", if one's writing prose.

I suggest writing for the sake of writing, and then finding a way to make money, be it from said writing or other means.

That said, your bitter rant has little to do with the subject at hand.

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Richard Dale Member since:
2005-07-22

Hmm.

Writing anything solely for money isn't a safe activity, indeed.

You either end up starving, frustrated, and lonely, wondering why no one will compensate you for what you want to do, or you end up writing trite crap novels with titles like "A is for Alibi", if one's writing prose.

I suggest writing for the sake of writing, and then finding a way to make money, be it from said writing or other means.

That said, your bitter rant has little to do with the subject at hand.


'Bitter rant' - huh? I am not bitter and find programming in C# rather fun.

Comparing the risk of being sued for writing Free Software using the 'wrong C# namespaces' is so infinitesimally small compared with the other everyday risks of being a computer programmer is not a 'rant'. I am not bitter because I am happily employed. I like C# and have written language bindings for the Qt and KDE apis (Qyoto and Kimono) without anyone paying me and have certainly not been bothered about this imaginary risk stuff.

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