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I'm done with this site unless something changes. I feel its changed too far from the original programming resource it once was, and the current moderation style is not for me.

I dislike that so much valuable information gets deleted for the sake of "maintaining a clean site", dislike the way many users are treated (particularly new ones), and dislike the way the overall culture of this site has been changing from a community of programmers out to teach and learn from each other, to an insular group of programming elitists (of course this isn't all of you, or probably even most of you. It's just a large percentage of the more active/vocal users who take part in running the site).

Anyways, I'm not interested in helping to support this site anymore, although I will be happy to take part in any initiatives to changes things.

Also, if someone makes a Q&A site for Programmers to ask questions and get answers from other Programmers about any issue related to their career choice or self-identity as a programmer, let me know. I'd love to participate in such a site again, and will help you promote it.

(And if you don't know what I'm talking about and want to learn more, check out this meta question about the site's history, and this meta post about question and closing trends)


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revised Is there a standard way of cleaning data files?
SE tends to close any question asking for a tool or library, so its better to ask using "How can I accomplish X" instead of "Is there a tool for X". You will usually get the name of the tool if it exists.
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What about the option of leaving it free and using it as an example of your work when trying to get employment and/or money for other projects?
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@Crono No, because then your ViewModel would be tied to using a specific View/Control, and you'd be mixing the two layers of your application.
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comment How to use data shaped by the UI from the ViewModel while keeping concerns separated?
@Crono In MVVM the is your ViewModel is your application, and the View is just a nice user-friendly interface to sit on top of it. There are many possible solutions to this that depend on your data format, what you're doing with it, what 3rd party controls you're using, etc but the idea is you want to be able to hook up a test script or a command prompt window to the ViewModel and have everything be fully functional and act the same way as it would if attached to a XAML interface.
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comment How to use data shaped by the UI from the ViewModel while keeping concerns separated?
If you need to know that the data is filtered on the ViewModel to action it, you need to implement the filter on the ViewModel. Same goes for sorting, and grouping. For example, your ViewModel may have something like an ActiveFilterString property which gets applied to the data to determine what is displayed and gets acted upon. The ViewModel doesn't care how the UI decides to handle modifying this ActiveFilterString property, it just needs to know it exists and to use it when taking action.
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Even now after 5+ years programming, I still frequently forget syntax. Especially in languages I don't work very often in. I find it's more efficient to just google the syntax for what I'm doing than to try to memorize all of it. So my suggestion? Teach them how to google for syntax to find good examples fast, and make sure they know how to read the language.
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comment ASP.Net or WPF(C#)?
Hi @kmote, we ended up going with WPF and were quite happy with the decision. It allowed for a lot more flexibility in building the user interface, and I found it was quite fast to build compared to a web based solution. Sadly, the project got cancelled after a year due to other priorities, however if I were presented the same choice again I'd make the same decision.