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Tue 23 Feb 2016

Why are OO programs scalable?

For once, I am going to ask a concrete question: why are Object-Oriented programs supposed to be scalable? LibreOffice has about 10 millions line of code and Firefox has more than 18 millions lines of code. They are written in object-oriented languages (C++ for both of them). Is an object-oriented language a need for writing such big programs as it is often said or could it be done in any other language with appropriate modularity programming features?

The probably most famous counter-example is the Linux Kernel, written in plain C language and counting more than 20 millions lines of code. But the Linux Kernel is probably a very rare case of this kind (would you have another example?), developed in a very specific way by the most talented people on Earth.

I discussed this point with colleagues having done a lot of object-oriented programming, they told me the usual argument: object-oriented programs allow grouping related data and code, abstracting details from the outside, thus their scalability. But a lot a programming languages have such modularity features, dating back to Ada in 1983 up to more modern ML-like languages with complex module system (e.g. functors).

So, is there another characteristic or usage of object-orientation that helps in program scalability? Or could the same principles be applied to any kind of language (which I think for now)?

For now, I don't understand why object-oriented programs should be more scalable. But I'm very bad at object-oriented programming. So if you have explanations, I would very please to hear them. You can add comments below or contact me directly.

Thu 28 Jan 2016

Fin du support des « vieux » Windows à partir de Skylake : un bon argument pour passer à Linux ?

Microsoft a annoncé récemment qu'ils ne feraient plus l'effort de supporter les nouveaux processeurs sur Windows 7 et 8.1 à partir de la génération « Skylake » des processeurs Intel. Bien sûr, Windows 7 ou 8 continuera de fonctionner sur le processeur lui-même grâce à la compatibilité x86 ascendante. Mais on peut s'interroger sur le support de tous les chipsets de support des périphériques comme les disque dur ou les chipsets graphiques intégrés. Est-ce que quand une nouvelle carte mère sortira Windows 7 sera supporté ? Vu le déploiement de Windows 7 en entreprise, cela pourrait être un réel problème.

Un bon argument pour passer à un système vraiment Libre comme Linux ?