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Last week I had laser eye surgery. There are various laser surgeries being
performed around the world today with the most familiar likely being Lasik and
Lasek. In fact, these are so familiar now that there are numerous spam emails
that you likely get on a regular basis. For those interested, I actually had PRK
surgery. Regardless, a laser was used to correct the shape of the eye to correct
vision. Granted, for me things are blurry today, but my vision is quickly
solidifying into something much clearer than I had before.
The laser part of my surgery took 39 seconds. That was 22 seconds in one eye
and 17 in another. I was thinking that it was such a quick and easy surgery that
I should thank the doctor that performed it. In thinking a little deeper, I came
to the serious realization that I should in fact be thanking the person that
wrote the program for the laser to work properly. It is in fact the laser that
did the important work. The laser knew where to fry my eye based on input into a
program that told it where to point. That input was actually the output from
other optical machines. It was the embedded program within the laser that really
did all the magic. The doctor helps, but he is simply an assistant to the
It is interesting to look at various professions, tasks, and events that are
done in the world that really are the result of programmers. Just as the
ophthalmologist running the laser is really reliant up on the computer
programmer that created the system in the laser, so too are many others. Turn
off the computer (the cash register) in a store and the store stops functioning.
Most initial diagnostics on your car are done with computers. In fact, much of
what is happening in your car is done by a computer.
The point of all this? While doctors, policemen, mechanics, and others are
all very important, if you look a bit deeper, it is programmers who are making
things function and actually work for all of them. Programmers are at the core
of most things happening today.
I’d like to personally thank the programmer who wrote the code for the laser
that spent 39 seconds correcting my eyes! I’d also like to thank the programmer
who makes the stop light change when my car pulls up to an intersection. There
is also the programmer who wrote the code to insure the refrigerator stays cold
and the oven stay shot. And there are the programmers who….
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By kirants –
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Creating Gel buttons
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affects and how to wire up the button to work.)
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SendKeys class does not have a managed way to activate an external application.
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APIs.However, this alone does not ensure that the desired application will have
keyboard focus while the keys are being sent. This replacement module sends keys
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Below are some of the new articles that have been posted to Developer.com (http://www.developer.com).
1. Capturing Output Produced by Programs Running in a
By Richard G.
Learn how to capture and display the standard output and the error
output produced by programs executing in a child process resulting from a call
to the exec method.
2. Mastering Symbian OS Arrays
It is hardly possible you could avoid using arrays during your
development on any platform and in any language. On Symbian OS, you will be
surprised to find what the SDK can offer you. Learn this now!
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The Memento design
pattern presents a consistent solution for storing state, allowing you to build
undo and redo support in your applications with ease.