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# MVP Summit time!

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Evening all,

Been a while since I wrote anything here but thats due to having relatively little thats worth discussing. Unless anyone in the games world is interesting in the topsy-turvy world of software development in investment banking?! [lol]

Whilst my employer is taking a royal beating in the stock market (in the 10 months I've worked there, its shed ~85% of its value) I'm on a training course learning our somewhat esoteric database language. Brainfuck suddenly seems like a quite intuitive and pleasant 'language' by comparison.

Whatdayathink: ?
t:([]time:time$();sym:symbol$();price:float$();size:int$())
n:500
tms:.z.t+1000*til n
syms:?[n;GDNETGamasutraFlipcode]
ps:n?100.
szs:n?1000
insert[t;(tms;syms;ps;szs)]
f:{[sym;dt]select vwap from last update vwap:dv%tv from update tv:sums[size],dv:sums[price*size] from select price,size from t where date=dt,sym=sym}
show f[`GDNET;.z.d]

(should you actually care, it just returns the VWAP of all randomly generated trades in the 'GDNET' stock today. Exciting, I know)

Despite being specialist (the inventor is a legend for telling one potential client they were too stupid to use his product and he wouldn't sell it to them) there is some fun in learning a different non-C/java/C#/C++-like language.

In more gamedev related news:

• I'm going to the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Summit in March. Yay! [grin]

• I suspect I'll need to revise this thing called "DirectX" before attending. It feels like a long time since I used it now [sad]

• I installed the Windows 7 beta in a VM. Not really checked it out yet, but was snappy enough in a VM for a beta. The new taskbar is definitely going to mess with my head for a while though...

• Oddly enough, I appear to have 4 ways to access what appear to be the same W7 bits. The closed beta, my personal MSDN subscription, my corporate MSDN subscription and the public internet. I thought they weren't going crazy and revealing too much, too soon this time [oh]

• I'm still working on my "graphics in 2009" paper. Expect it sometime in 2010.

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 Original post by jollyjeffers Whilst my employer is taking a royal beating in the stock market (in the 10 months I've worked there, its shed ~85% of its value)

It could be worse.

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 Original post by Driv3MeFar It could be worse.
yup, could indeed be worse and didn't really mean anything other than an observation - an 85% reduction in these times isn't really all that "exciting", which is simply crazy [headshake]

I'd love to see you when you come to Redmond for the MVP summit. I'm not much of a pub/restaurant/whatever guy, but we'll manage something. I'll mail or PM you my phone number when the time draws closer.

Ugh, that code makes me want to vomit. Suddenly I don't feel so bad about our convoluted codebase at work. It seems that you're partially enjoying learning it at least though so that's good.

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 I'm not much of a pub/restaurant/whatever guy, but we'll manage something.
We can do our best to corrupt you [evil]

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 Ugh, that code makes me want to vomit
What I posted was quite clean as well. Its the sort of language where academics take sadistic delight in making their code as confusing (but concise) as possible... [headshake]

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 (the inventor is a legend for telling one potential client they were too stupid to use his product and he wouldn't sell it to them)

That made me smile. Now if only I could get away with saying that without getting murderated...

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 Original post by jollyjeffers Whatdayathink: ? *** Source Snippet Removed ***

Something seems to have broken your journal's RSS feed and I wouldn't be surprised if this did that [smile]

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