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C and Perl programmer for a suite of Linux based applications and web services.

I prefer to try to help people find how to answer their own questions, than to answer their questions for them. I also try to encourage and hopefully provide constructive feedback on how to improve questions from new(er) programmers, with the goal of hopefully improving the quality of the help their receive.

I view StackOverflow as a tool, rather than a LazyWeb site. In the long term I believe this is necessary to preserve the quality of the site and its usefulness.


Dec
21
awarded  Yearling
Sep
16
awarded  Excavator
Sep
16
revised What is the most inspiring speech from a developer you ever watched?
update link to what should hopefully be a more stable link
Sep
15
comment Has “Not everyone can be a programmer” been studied?
"Anyone" or "Everyone" may be dangerous generalities, as one area I know of no studies and have no personal experience, is computer programming by individuals with cognitive or developmental disabilities. I suspect people who have problems learning, would be at a severe disadvantage, which could translate into a legitimate limitation, or frustration barrier high enough that it is typically not crossed, but I don't know of any survey or studies on the topic. And I don't know of any studies on whether people lacking any formal education can be successful at programming.
Sep
15
comment How important is membership in industrial or professional organizations?
To paraphrase; simply being a member is of limited value in and of itself, but being an active member can be both enlightening and reputation building.
Sep
14
comment How important is membership in industrial or professional organizations?
Suggestion: Split IEEE and IEEE Computer Society into separate headers, as they are separate groups where membership in one does not imply membership in the other. The majority of electrical engineers in the IEEE are not IEEE CS members, and likewise many IT professionals and academics who do join IEEE CS may choose to not become an IEEE member.
Sep
14
comment How important is membership in industrial or professional organizations?
To clarify: IEEE, stands for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Many, are not interested in the general / parent society of the IEEE itself, but the IEEE Computer Society in particular. That said, it is also certainly not uncommon to have interests crossover, myself include. Disclosure: I am a professional member of both societies.
Feb
14
awarded  Citizen Patrol
Jan
12
revised Is there a canonical book on C Programming in GNU/Linux?
added note on ebooks
Jan
12
answered Is there a canonical book on C Programming in GNU/Linux?
Jan
12
answered How to teach basic principles to programmers
Jan
10
comment The case for code obfuscation?
Are you considering or focused on source code or object / executable code? For example, Gimpel software distributes a version of their lint tool in obfuscated C source code, such that the, typically Unix, clients can compile it to run in whatever environment they wish, without the Gimpel needing to support / maintain N number of target environments, including oddball or legacy environments. This is reasonable different from object/executable obfuscation used for copy or data protection (e.g. illicit copying) as a layer of security to delay / deter reverse engineering.
Jan
5
answered How to handle large numbers?
Jan
2
comment How do you prevent the piracy of your software?
Ref: Copy Protection - Technical challenges
Dec
23
comment A free game-development language?
Similar Q: What language should an 11-year old start with to learn game programming?
Dec
23
comment A free game-development language?
HTML5 games are a hot topic for mobile gaming industry, due to its (future?) portability / platform independence. Another is WebGL which I believe is less common. New toolkits for them are appearing daily.
Dec
23
comment A free game-development language?
If the target is their own game with 3D graphics, this is the best approach IMO. Many/most of the major game toolkits have free versions (some require you own a registered version of their primary game). Most extend from modding to creating entirely new game environments. Several (not all): Playground, Havok, and Value Source. There are plenty more I can't think of right now.
Dec
23
comment Beginners guide to developing optimization software
What might be a radical change in direction, but may be of interest is Quantitative Analysis, an intense financial field of advanced applied mathematics.
Dec
23
suggested suggested edit on Beginners guide to developing optimization software
Dec
22
comment What modern alternatives to Numerical Recipes exist?
+1 for netlib suggestion