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I am a programmer looking to become a better programmer. I am British.

You can't have software without FTW!

Contact me @MellenTheNerd


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awarded  Pundit
Dec
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comment How to slow down your computer (for testing purposes)?
@johnny: I mean I am up voting because Jason has suggested profiling the application, which would hopefully find the source of performance bottle necks without the need to move to a slower system.
Dec
2
comment How to slow down your computer (for testing purposes)?
+1 for profiling
Dec
1
comment Why develop free, open source programs?
ammoQ: Sure, none of us has free will. That's what science teaches us. But If you ignore that fact, then you open to a lot more happiness.
Dec
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comment Why develop free, open source programs?
@Diego: I see. That makes sense.
Dec
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comment Why develop free, open source programs?
@ammoQ: maybe for you. for me, love is the first reason. everything else is for love.
Dec
1
comment Why develop free, open source programs?
@Diego: forgive my naivety but how can you say you love it if you won't do it for love alone?
Nov
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comment Is functional programming actually used to create applications?
@Jörg W Mittag: If it happens "by accident" then surely that is on merit alone. Your example shows that Java got picked on particular merits, and nothing else. They are merits of the language because otherwise it would have been a different language
Nov
19
comment Are programmers inclined towards order or chaos?
@bmargulies: I don't know, I'd say more Neutral Good. We're only lawful when it makes sense to be ;)
Nov
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awarded  Nice Answer
Nov
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revised Is what someone publishes on the Internet fair game when considering them for employment as a programmer?
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Nov
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answered What are some current opinions on WPF?
Nov
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comment Is what someone publishes on the Internet fair game when considering them for employment as a programmer?
@Rox: also, just because you can find it doesn't mean you will. My point is that I don't think most customers will search for the details that Jon Hopkins found. But I am assuming things about the behaviours of customers I know nothing about.
Nov
16
comment Is what someone publishes on the Internet fair game when considering them for employment as a programmer?
@Rox: I don't lump Google stalking in with stalking, as it's not normally harmful, and most Internet users will do it at some point. It's just a turn of phrase I use when looking up details about someone by using Google, because if you're not relying on the information they gave you then you are snooping on them.
Nov
16
comment Is what someone publishes on the Internet fair game when considering them for employment as a programmer?
@Rox: Have you got to someone's Myspace page through reading company literature? If you got there by taking someone's name from a company website and Googling them, then you Google stalked them. But if you're correct, that Google stalking is prevalent, then the risk is quite high and so the Myspace page should be taken into account.
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revised Is what someone publishes on the Internet fair game when considering them for employment as a programmer?
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revised Is what someone publishes on the Internet fair game when considering them for employment as a programmer?
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answered Is what someone publishes on the Internet fair game when considering them for employment as a programmer?
Nov
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answered Starting as a developer what are the possible career steps?
Nov
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comment How do you explain refactoring to a non-technical person?
I was going to post some analogy with a garage or shed, but this is better.