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Memories Of The Past While Learning The Future

The last couple of weeks I have been working through some proof of concepts for Windows Phone 7.  While working through one exercise I had a flashback.  The book I was reading mentioned how you needed to code your application to have the smallest possible memory and and processing speed footprint.  Suddenly I was back in high school with my Tandy hand-held computer which had a single line of text screen and a whopping 1K of memory.  Talk about limitations.

So what else can you learn from developing in such environment constraints.  I think we could all benefit from spending some time doing code where we really have to think about how we are putting it together.  We would have developers who produce much tighter and well performing code as they carry those skills back to desktop and web development.  Maybe these devices should be required learning in our college classes.  Any thoughts?

posted on Friday, November 19, 2010 2:29 AM Print
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# re: Memories Of The Past While Learning The Future
Ahsan Alam
11/27/2010 3:34 PM
Very good point Tim. Often times, I find myself explaining to young developers why certain types of coding could be very costly. Not sure if kids these days are cruising through schools or new development platforms are promoting lazy coding. Some embedded programming or mobile device development might be a good thing in colleges.

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Tim Murphy

Tim is a Solutions Architect for PSC Group, LLC. He has been an IT consultant since 1999 specializing in Microsoft technologies. Along with running the Chicago Information Technology Architects Group and speaking on Microsoft and architecture topics he was also contributing author on "The Definitive Guide to the Microsoft Enterprise Library".



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