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bio website mikebull.info
location Bristol, United Kingdom
age 27
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Full-time ASP.NET developer, occasional dabbler in Python, SitePoint Adviser and all-around awesome guy.


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comment Should a senior developer refuse to take paper exams during an interview?
Additionally, a friend of mine works at a magician and he's never been asked to perform magic before being hired. I agree that a programmer should be asked to program, but only because programming is a knowledge trade.
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comment 12 year old son interested in Android programming
Exactly. I don't like the trend of adults pushing languages on children, but what frustrates me more is that some children have a genuine interest in learning, only for us to offer toy languages for them to build things in. I used to write in PHP and Perl when I was a kid, and if it was good enough for us then surely if a kid wants to learn to program they should use the same language as everyone else. All I would do is get their environment sorted and let them get stuck in.
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comment Helping junior programmers get past their shortcomings?
I can definitely forgive this of junior developers as not even the top universities teach students about version/source control. Hell, a bunch of people I've recently graduated with still don't use it at their companies. I'd go as far as to say that the lack of version control teaching is the biggest problem in teaching software engineering today.
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comment Bare minimum on the Joel Test
It almost sickens me that universities are keen to stuff design patterns and good coding practices down the throats of students, but they will not even mention source control to the vast majority of them...
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answered Do you have any tips to help with applying to an international job?
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comment What programming language and framework has best support for agile web development?
A lot of people perceive ASP.NET to be very business-oriented and complex and that the likes of PHP to work almost out of the box for small websites. ASP.NET Razor is basically the answer to that, allowing people to make and deploy small websites with ease. It's several years late to the party but if a friend of mine wanted to build an extremely basic website and had no experience with programming I'd recommend it to them.
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comment What programming language and framework has best support for agile web development?
Also look into ASP.NET Razor. It's the perfect barrier to entry for someone making a basic website.