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Jan
20
comment What are your advice, methods, or practices to take out the most from a day on-site at a customer?
Now that is a thorough answer.
Dec
1
comment What's the idiomatic name for a throwaway variable?
how about just using a comment
Nov
7
comment Good techniques to speed up database execution
Probably better migrated to stack
Nov
4
comment Is using xml + xsl to create a weekly html email a good or bad idea?
@MrMisterMan I was joking knowing that you were simplifying your situation, I can fully appreciate the pain in inheriting old html templates, I feel for you.
Nov
4
comment Is using xml + xsl to create a weekly html email a good or bad idea?
ActiveX thats funny :)
Nov
4
comment Is using xml + xsl to create a weekly html email a good or bad idea?
@MrMisterMan " An email will consist of a main image, a bit of an opening paragraph and then rows of product offers." doesn't sound that complicated
Sep
27
comment Does teaching programming make you a better programmer
I refer to that table often
Sep
13
comment Comparing Visual Foxpro with .NET
@RPK yes in few cases
Sep
9
comment How should one handle “free projects”? Should one accept them or not?
@Jetti thats a good point, the assumption of continued support for free work
Sep
1
comment Is it common to lie in job ads regarding the technologies in use?
@Desolate Planet unfortunately most things are supply and demand driven and it sounds like the employers have the leverage in your case.
Jun
30
comment How to make Classic ASP interesting if you are stuck with it?
The last time I had to work on classic asp, which was quite a while ago, one of the nice surprises was that VBScript had started supporting classes.
Jun
30
comment How to make Classic ASP interesting if you are stuck with it?
The OP indicates that this is what he is stuck doing for at least the foreseeable future so suggesting he leave is not helpful. Pointing out all the ways you feel that his situation is awful is even less helpful. 10 years ago would be 2001 about a year before .Net framework 1.0 was released so classic asp was hardly obsolete.
Jun
30
comment Does anyone work 10 hours shifts as a developer?
@Filip Dupanović actually its not necessarily 4 full days. I can take any day off I wish and vary it weekly as long as things are covered and its communicated.
Jun
30
comment Does anyone work 10 hours shifts as a developer?
Exactly and it actually puts a fair amount of pressure on the rest of my family to have to attend to the normal every day things without me really being able to do my share.
May
17
comment “Super” vs “protected method” for running common code
One of the best answers I have ever read.
May
16
comment Technical test for a senior developer
@alexb I don't disagree with you. More information is better than less, eliminating risk is better then having risk, however the poster clearly has a short time frame and wants to make a decision based upon the limited information he has, therefore if taking the test isn't going to add much then it is not very useful here. If we had unlimited information then decisions would be easy. Being able to make good decisions on limited information is valuable.
May
16
comment Technical test for a senior developer
@alexb If HR truly requires the test the the question itself is moot and the test must be administered. The fact that the question is asked we have to assume then that the possibility of not taking the test exists.
May
16
comment How is a “Software Developer” different from a “Software Consultant”? What makes a consultant?
@Gary Rowe yes exactly. In addition you are forced to keep your interviewing/selling skills sharp. I have also seen companies keep their contractors and release their full time staff, as well as bring in contractors before hiring full time staff.
May
16
comment How is a “Software Developer” different from a “Software Consultant”? What makes a consultant?
@Gary Rowe I actually perceive the risk of contract software to be lower than that of a permanent worker.
May
12
comment How do I convince my team to use smaller classes/methods?
@Ben no disrespect but I think the term "Technical Debt" is way over used. As soon as somebody starts using that as their reasoning behind a decision I tend to stop listening. Maybe its a flaw on my part but when I hear that my thoughts go towards "this person reads a lot of blogs but doesn't really understand the real costs of balancing reworking code vs other tasks"