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    Goodbye, Dave.

    As Dave Sinkula nears the end of his long battle with cancer, I thought it would be appropriate to wish him final goodbyes and thank him for all the work that he's done for the online programming community over the years.

    We wish you all the best as your soul passes from this life into the next, and our prayers go out to your wife and kids, as well as to your extended family. Dave, I'm going to miss you -- we all are. We'll never forget you.

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    Oh dear. He has not gone yet, right?
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    Oh, my. I'm...
    Just a few months ago we were happily discussing politics on his forum. I had no idea... This comes as a shock.

    I don't pray. But my thoughts will certainly be with him through this time. I'm going to miss him
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    Bye Dave. Take care.
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    Quote Originally Posted by joeprogrammer View Post
    As Dave Sinkula nears the end of his long battle with cancer, I thought it would be appropriate to wish him final goodbyes and thank him for all the work that he's done for the online programming community over the years.
    No kidding -- I see his name everywhere, he has like a billion posts at developer web too. "Dave Sinkula" has helped me out a few times and he doesn't even know it.

    Sad to hear this, and thanks Dave you get a place in my heaven
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    Sorry to hear - did not know.

    Dave - luv ya man.

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    This is very sad news. I searched a little bit online and found his blog (sinkula.blogspot.com) which has quite a bit of information about what he's been going through.

    My thoughts and sympathies are with Dave and his family.

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    This is a complete surprise to me and I feel like a jerk. That website... I wish you hadn't posted it.

    Sometime ago I threw the towel on our political debates feeling no inclination to keep it going. Truthfully I was bored and Dave is one tough sob to argue with. He's very strong about his opinions. Which is of course, a good thing. But can be also unnerving if you just happen to be on the exact opposite side of the argument. The thing is, had I known this, I wouldn't had quit so easily. For one, this would actually motivate me since I would understand not only that Dave's views carry with them a... less mundane perspective, but also because it would help me get closer to him. Not the closeness of a friendship necessarily. That's not what I mean, although is always welcomed. But understand him and share thoughts with him. Allow him to imprint something on me and force on that republican bastard something of myself.

    I'm actually distressed by these news. It's been on my mind all day. I like Dave a lot. Him seeing on me someone worth debating with was, I must say, an honor to me. I felt bold, proud and empowered the day he contacted me. But he's also ruthlessly calm and unmerciful in his arguments. And I like that, even when it hurts.

    This is the extent of my knowledge of Dave - that and his knowledge of programming that is - but I have to say to you Dave, I'm happy we've met and I'm sorry I didn't make an effort to know you better, as much as you did to know me. I'm ashamed in a way. But also proud.

    Now, do get better.
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    Originally Posted by brewbuck:
    Reimplementing a large system in another language to get a 25% performance boost is nonsense. It would be cheaper to just get a computer which is 25% faster.

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    it was kinda sad even to read that blog, but its all thanks to him
    that this community grew and we all are here. Dave, you will
    never be forgotten.... *sniff*...

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    When I first arrived here, Dave wasn't lurking but active. It's a shame that he fell off my radar, but his contributions should stay on the web a long time. His writing had great voice and he's always been patient and polite; qualities of an excellent teacher.

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    Dave has helped me out a few times in the past as well, and I, too, am extremely grateful for everything he has done here. I also had no idea what he was going through. My thoughts are with him and his family.

    Dave, you will be sadly missed, but never forgotten.
    Our hearts go out to you.

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    Unless Dave has actually passed on (and it kind of sounds like he hasn't), I find this thread a little disturbing.
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    //{
    	if (a) do { f( b); } while(1);
    	else   do { f(!b); } while(1);
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    Well I am glad to know that I didn't know him. I am not being heartless; if anything just the opposite. Those who know me know that I was going through something similar with a close personal friend who succumbed to pancreatic cancer just a few weeks ago. Even after all this time I still do not have the heart to code much or to post much...it is hard for a couple of reasons:
    * if the person passing has already lost most of those close to themselves they tend to face the end with such dignity and courage that it makes the rest of us feel like craven cowards.
    * if the person passing is leaving behind close loved ones, the end can be terrifying on many levels and there isn't a damned thing you can say to help them or support them.

    So I am glad that I didn't know Dave better b/c I am not sure my heart could take it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by brewbuck View Post
    Unless Dave has actually passed on (and it kind of sounds like he hasn't), I find this thread a little disturbing.
    You are not the only one.

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    This thread is very disturbing. Dave has always been a great source of information and help as well as a very good person to debate politics with in a calm and collected manner. He is definitely a man of wisdom and I admire him as a fellow programmer.

    So here's to Dave Sinkula. According to his blog it sounds like he is still around so I'm keeping this all present tense. I wish you well in your current struggles and I know it takes a lot of courage to go through what you have been going through. You and your family will be in my prayers.

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