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bio website matthewellen.co.uk
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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


Nov
9
comment How many types of programming languages are there?
2: the type that does what you want and the type that doesn't
Nov
2
awarded  Citizen Patrol
Oct
26
comment Which comments instantly ring alarm bells when a programmer says them?
Damn right I shouldn't need to understand the DB structure. That's the DB admin's job. If the admin's made the structure so obscure that it's function is not apparent, I'm gonna be hacked off.
Oct
22
comment Pronunciation in programming?
@christopher Creutzig: Might / be backslash in a rtl language? I've tried to get myself to think right slash for / and left slash for ``, but I can't make it stick.
Oct
22
awarded  Civic Duty
Oct
22
comment Pronunciation in programming?
I pronounce etc et cetera. Maybe I'm an odd one out.
Oct
20
comment Is a programmer supposed to be self-sufficient?
Ah, the good old "users as testers" scenario. I knew it well.
Oct
19
comment I'm working on a PaaS similar to Heroku or Google App Engine, and was curious which pricing structure users prefer. Ideas?
I prefer the structure where I pay nothing, ever ;)
Oct
19
comment Intellectual Property cost
+1 for higher cost of IP over source code. get the customer to sign a license agreement saying what they can and can't do with your code, so as to protect your IP.
Oct
15
comment Is having your own website important?
That's what I have a 'blog for :D
Oct
15
comment Is having your own website important?
+1 for both. that's why I have a site
Oct
15
answered Can unlimited number of vacation means the same as 0 vacation time in practice?
Oct
14
comment Best way to relearn C++?
@Dean J: a smart pointer is a pointer that can free the memory that has been allocated to it when it is no longer used.
Oct
13
comment C#/.Net/Programming talk
+1 for rx framework. Erik Meijer and Wes Dyer give a great set of talks on it.
Oct
11
comment What naming conventions do you use for php classes?
I think that is overkill. Appending class to a file in a directory called classes seems too redundant
Oct
11
awarded  Critic
Oct
11
comment What's your favourite quote about programming?
Some people when confronted with a problem don't think, they just post on StackOverflow
Oct
10
awarded  Good Answer
Oct
7
comment Languages to complement C++
English is a good language for it;) "Oh! C++ is so dashing!"
Oct
7
awarded  Nice Answer