When you are pro-war even the abortion doctors call you "baby-killer."

2003-12-11

J is for JACKASS

I am so sick of people placing references to the development environment they used when creating their software in the names of their products.

CocoaPoker, who fucking cares that a worthless card game simulation was made in Cocoa? NO ONE except Cocoa-using dweebs who are new to programming and couldn't build their own About box anyway so thank god Apple included one in the framework for 'em.

How about Java apps with "J" in their name like say BlueJ. What the fuck is BlueJ? I can' t tell from its name, how cute and clever they were at naming it. I go to the What section of the web site and found out that BlueJ "is an integrated Java environment specifically designed for introductory teaching."

Great. That's almost helpful. In case you missed it, right under that statement we find: "BlueJ was developed at a University specifically for the purpose of teaching object orientation with Java." Ah we are getting a bit more detail now including: "BlueJ is free!" Great. I was a little worried I would have to purchase annual maintenance for $2,000 per seat or some shit for a Java app that teaches "object orientation with Java." Whatever that is.

Even further down the What page we find out that BlueJ "...was developed as part of a university research project about teaching object-orientation to beginners." Finally we get a one-line description of what the hell this thing does. Although I am a bit concerned that the professors, I mean the student aides, are not actually teaching the basics of OOP (Object Oriented Programming) to the heads full of mush whose parents are spending many thousands of dollars for their kids to be taught skills they can apply to obtaining gainful employment and get the fuck out of their house.

Fortunately the next paragraph clarifies this conundrum (yeah that's a sweet word, eh?): "The aim of BlueJ is to provide an easy-to-use teaching environment for the Java language that facilitates the teaching of Java to first year students." Again the app does the teaching while the professors go to anti-globalization rallies, I guess.

Boy college sounds awfully hard, you basically have to teach yourself. No wonder many people drop out their first year like Martin Sheen or just never go like Beauty Twins Brad Pitt and Jennifer Anniston. And despite the lack of college educations they believe they alone can stop the violence in the world, which is all our fault despite it all happening in foreign countries that even tourists stay away from -- like France.