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Application Engineer programming industrial robots


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answered How do I review my own code?
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answered What are the disadvantages of automated testing?
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comment What is the history of why bytes are eight bits?
Parity was very important when dealing with early memory. Even after moving to 8 bit data bytes, there were memory chips with 9 bits to allow for parity checking.
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comment Is “truthiness” a legitimate programming term?
Actually the terms "bug" as a problem was used before modern computers. Edison used in a letter 1787. It was common terms for engineering problems back then. The Grace Hopper story as a bit of irony that the bug they found was really a bug.
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revised Are there any jobs in the programming field that don't require you to sit at a desk all day?
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answered Are there any jobs in the programming field that don't require you to sit at a desk all day?
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comment Are 9 to 5 programmers looked down upon?
Actually many companies pay you to learn, but only if it will make you more productive. That learning may be on the job, informal training, or formal classes. Also many other career fields do spend time learning outside of 9-5. They take classes, read technical journals, and work over time. Admittedly programmers tend to take it to an extreme, but we are not the only ones.
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answered Who invented pointers?
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comment Does teaching programming make you a better programmer
+1 for admitting when you don't know the answer. I see far too many instructors simply make something up on the spot rather then admit they don't know everything. I've also had some good instructors who would use as an opportunity, make the students find the answer, teaching how to look things up. That needs to be carefully done so you don't discourage people from asking questions.
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comment How exactly do we go from Binary/Hex to Assembly Instruction sets?
Slomojo is right, Octal, base 8 used 3 bits, was used along with hex, base 16 used 4 bits. Octal had the advantage in that everyone knew what numbers 0 to 7 represented. People how did not use Hex were often mystified by the "digits" A to F.
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answered How exactly do we go from Binary/Hex to Assembly Instruction sets?