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bio website mctaylor.com
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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
29
comment Important non-technical course for programmers?
Arguably Statistics, English, Behaviour analysis (psychology / sociology) are not "technical" topics typically associated with programming. If every programmer read How To Lie With Statistics and understood enough psychology to understand that not everyone thinks & acts like they do, I believe the world might be a (bit) better place.
Dec
29
comment Important non-technical course for programmers?
@dukeofgaming: Backend interfaces (e.g. API) need to well designed. They are not visual-focused, but good design is still critical, in fact perhaps more important as computers are less resilient than humans when dealing with poor interfaces. I think design principles rather than purely graphic design is an important yet neglected topic for programmers' education.
Dec
23
awarded  Teacher
Dec
23
answered Are debugging skills important to become a good programmer?
Dec
21
awarded  Supporter
Dec
21
awarded  Autobiographer
Aug
24
comment Is it ok if I don't know C but I am good with C++?
@DeadMG, my point is that although it may not be your domain, it is still, a large, non-trivial sub-industry of computer programming.
Aug
24
answered Is it ok if I don't know C but I am good with C++?
Aug
24
comment Is it ok if I don't know C but I am good with C++?
@DeadMG, there was only around 10 billion embedded systems shipped globally in 2008 alone. What, about <= 1 billion PC shipped that year?
Mar
1
comment Is premature optimization really the root of all evil?
... A good programmer will not be lulled into complacency by such reasoning, he will be wise to look carefully at the critical code; but only after that code has been identified (rest of fuller quotation)
Mar
1
comment Is premature optimization really the root of all evil?
Being from Donald Knuth, I wouldn't be surprized if he had some evidence to back it up. BTW, Src: Structured Programming with go to Statements, ACM Journal Computing Surveys, Vol 6, No. 4, Dec. 1974. p.268. citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/…