Begging the question

In my last post I described the syllogism “Photogenic people look good in photograps; Michelle Pfeiffer is photogenic; therefore, Michelle Pfeiffer looks good in photographs” as “begging the question”. A few people commented on that, so I thought I’d address this point of English usage. In modern usage, “begging the question” has come to mean…

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What is this thing you call "thread safe"?

Caveat: I am not an expert on multi-threading programming. In fact, I wouldn’t even say that I am competent at it. My whole career, I’ve needed to write code to spin up a secondary worker thread probably less than half a dozen times. So take everything I say on the subject with some skepticism. A…

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Preventing third-party derivation, part one

In this episode of FAIC, a conversation I had with a C# user recently. Next time, some further thoughts on how to use the CLR security system in this sort of scenario. Him: I have this abstract class defined in one assembly: // Assembly FooBar.DLLpublic abstract class Foo{    internal abstract void DoSomething();// …} I want to…

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What are the VBScript reference semantics for object members?

Clearly in order for VBScript to support variable referencing there has to be a variable to reference.  Consider our earlier example:   Sub Change(ByRef XYZ)    XYZ = 5 End Sub Dim ABC ABC = 123 Change ABC   If that had been  Change (ABC) then, based on what you know from two posts ago,…

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