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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


Jul
13
comment Meaning of phrase: “Not your father's Visual Basic”
@Catchops I think the downvotes might be because you haven't answered the question. At all.
Jul
12
awarded  Deputy
Jul
11
comment Should I mix python and .NET?
IronPython! Works with .NET 3.5 and is a .NET language its self.
Jul
11
revised Is XML required for this?
condensed the question
Jul
9
comment measuring database load
This might be a better fit for the DB Administrator Stack Exchange
Jul
7
comment How does one securely and privately address security concerns inside code
Was about to write #2 :D
Jul
7
comment PHP: brackets or no brackets with if/for/while/…?
I disagree. Use of the endif; and similar constructs are better for large amounts of HTML as they are clear as to what they signify.
Jul
7
comment PHP: brackets or no brackets with if/for/while/…?
This is not the same issue as Joel is covering. this is about {...} vs <if/while/etc.>:...end<if/while/etc.>; it is a PHP specific construct.
Jul
7
comment PHP: brackets or no brackets with if/for/while/…?
@Kenneth, on the other hand, having endforeach is much clearer
Jul
7
comment PHP: brackets or no brackets with if/for/while/…?
related: programmers.stackexchange.com/questions/53274/…
Jul
6
comment Is it common for developers to deal with extensive change control procedures?
@Karl: I used to work for a large financial services company, as a junior dev. I'm sorry to say I was the one who had to explain why changes had to be implemented on the form. The change request process was pointlessly lengthy, and was often short circuited for minor changes, making a mockery of the process.
Jul
6
comment Unit Testing and .Net
I use TestDriven.Net and Gallio which both have plugins for VS 2010, and give file->line number resolution
Jul
6
revised How do I negotiate with a company to develop software?
spelling
Jul
5
comment Articles and Works by Developers
Don't replace it all, or you'll end up with nothing left to give
Jul
1
comment Does a prose to code compiler exist?
This is an odd question. You want to know if there are any, but don't want it for your own use. Is this like poison? Are you going to try to get someone else to use one?
Jun
29
comment Can fixed scope + fixed deadline + fixed price contract ever be made to work with “agile”?
Isn't fixed an antonym of agile?
Jun
27
comment Develop secureness first or as a later step?
Yes! I always develop from a bomb shelter.
Jun
27
comment Do you tend to write your own name or your company name in your code?
If you release code under an open source licence then you are asserting ownership of the code. This will solve the issue, if the code you have written is definitely owned by you and you choose a licence your employer can work with.
Jun
27
comment Do you tend to write your own name or your company name in your code?
@Connell: I'm afraid I can't answer those questions. I'm not a solicitor and I don't know how your employer works. At the end of my day I stop working on things for my employer. Any work I do at home is exclusive to me, and I've confirmed this with my employer, so long as it doesn't compete with their business.
Jun
27
comment Do you tend to write your own name or your company name in your code?
@Connell: I retract my previous comment. Copyright is only in favour of contractors not employees. Software Development: Who Owns The Copyright, Copyright in an employee’s work