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PC Signaling & IPC Efficiencies 
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Qt Design Lamentations

I still do not understand what was wrong with simply using structs... Indeed, even when it comes to IPC, savvy consultants have always liked marshalling such things into XDR/RPC packages.... Allot like "Bundles" or "Parsables" on Android, once a standards-based out-of-process marshalling has been ensured, data can pretty much go everywhere. The only benefit to not having so many struct-version compile-time changes is to ensure that any time-frozen stringy-application will break someday?

Data Interopt

When it comes to IPC, savvy consultants have also always liked XDR/RPC. The cornerstone of CORBA, many are gratified that - years after Microsoft upset the apple-cart with their COM/DCOM nightmare - that places like Google's GWT are finally abandoning the fat-and-chatty XML (and even JSON!) world for things like good 'old XDR.


Why did we ever get into this nightmare world of passing strings? Because - at the time - Microsoft did not like things like XDR because the transmission favoured Motorola (natural order / big-endian) format over that strange INTEL (little-endian) format.
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Many of my friends at MS felt like they were being picked on. Today however, with AMD / INTEL computing speeds being what they are in multicore, who the heck cares?


Looking at messages more as octets than double-byte characters results in transmissions that are ever-so marvellously faster, as well as often laughingly more efficient & secure than these "string things." While understanding protocols from the wire-up is tougher on the commodity-developer, taking the time to learn about things like binary efficiencies is invariably massively easier on the computer. --Many feel that weighing system performance (as well as genuine security!) over developer-ease and industry convention (homogeneity is - by very definition - insecure) is one of many long forgotten absolute necessities of designing larger-scale enterprise systems.

Lean, Mean ... and Green?

Of course, better performance means allot less switches, routers, network traffic, and computers... Such effective weight loss surely spells less rack-space, lower utility costs ... and is therefore allot easier on this spaceship that we call earth, too?

While knowledge is indeed power, perhaps wisdom might yet save our planet? :-)

Indeed, when it comes to why-the-heck use anything other than structs or XDR under QT, I remember wondering why folks ever used such silly & unsafe string-mechanism as that Qt signal tomfoolery. --For decades, marshaling structs between things like CORBA skeletons / signatures have been doing much the same thing, yet providing full-speed end-to-end type safety via delivery systems such as RPC. When it comes to stark type-safety & efficiency, why not use it between process, as well as between computers? While a bit overkill for local signal-signatures, rather than being so string-generic even a humble struct surely might be used?

CORBA Problems

Of course, with the CORBA type safety comes a problem of routing / scaling / and using generic turnstiles such as what we see in Spring Integration. Resolving those problems are what the Internet Inter-ORB Protocol (IIOP) and CORBA Services are all about.

Olde-School Bestfficiencies

Yet, come to discussing Java in a C/C++ forum (bad idea?), it is fun to note that both generic (common message header -w- size fields (etc)) - as well as all competent security (bit-level field encoding, etc.) remains ever in the realm of the absolute efficiency folded into those 1970-someting transactions... -For more secured transactions, even today it seems that only a blast to that transactional-past can be allot more readily 'rollingly obfuscated... as well as a whole lot more efficient?

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C++ - The Novel 
I was reminded the other day that not everyone has decades of C/C++ experience behind them.

For the benefit of those who tend to think that mastering an API (let alone OO!) is beyond them, I have a book to go along with my C/C++ Project.

Without further elaboration (you know who you are!) here is The Joy of C++.

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The Neat Odd-Job Namesapce for C++ 
Just a quick note to let everyone know that we had a moment to update the STDNOJ Namespace on

Because we are working on for-profit commercial software applications once again, we have been switching from Java, back to using C++. Also, since we have recently switched from Windows to Linux, you can expect that the non-core classes (like StdSocket, etc.) will shortly be just as good as they are under Windows.

We continue to target Windows, OS X, Android and Linux.

Work has also resumed on the C++ Training.



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