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Software developer since 1985. Started in Cobol, moved via Clipper/VB to Delphi. Delphi developer since 1998. Sniffing at C# and playing around with javascript and some php for websites. Coaching new employees and less experienced developers. Focused on software architecture and SOLID design. Keenly interested in user experience and usability.

Questions

When you ask a question, show your effort, provide all the details that will help someone to help you and be precise.

Answers

When you answer a question, don't just paste your code. Your answers will be much better when you explain why your code is doing what it does and how it achieves the asker's goal. It makes it a whole lot easier to follow along. As it is I am much more inclined to up-vote answers that have explanatory text about what the code is doing and why it is written as it is.

Answers that just contain links aren't likely to get an up-vote from me either

Other

Obligatory link whenever someone thinks they are improving security by imposing all sorts of rules on password composition: Password strength


Jun
14
answered Messages from UI or from subs?
Jun
12
awarded  Electorate
Jun
9
answered Freelancing and GPL?
Jun
7
comment Why was strict parsing not chosen for HTML?
@Brian: Robustness means you should not fall over when you receive crap. It does not mean you have to make sense of crap.
Jun
6
answered Designing a robust architecture for multiple export types?
Jun
5
comment Is it bad programming practice to check if a class referenced by its interface is an instance of another class?
@MikeG Indeed. Asking the interface for a reference to for example ITargetable which would have that method (and any others to do with Targetable stuff) would be better.
Jun
5
comment Is it bad programming practice to check if a class referenced by its interface is an instance of another class?
@ftr A better way w/could be to put that extra method in a separate interface ITartgetable and ask the original interface reference whether it can return a reference to ITargetable.
Jun
4
comment How should I manage short-term user preferences, to simplify data cleanup?
+1 In your second option the "probably" is very important, unless you include "read" in "use" ... :)
Jun
4
comment Developing wheel reinventing tendencies into a skill as opposed to reluctantly learning wheel-finding skills?
Just one remark: Always use a library despite its inherently "more than you need" nature when the functionality it provides has little to do with your application's core functionality but more with the nuts and bolts of making that possible. You will never be able to achieve the same level "completeness" (in functions and in tested-ness) of the library in the time you are prepared to spend on non-core functionality... For example: I have written my own OPFs before. I would now never even consider not using a library or framework for that.
Jun
4
answered What is the justification of use .inc files to declare and implement code is some Delphi RTL units?
Jun
3
comment Creating a System Sequence Diagram from an [extended] use case
No problem. Everybody suffers from the expectation that others magically know what is on our screen, in our mind and we start talking/writing from that assumption. Goodness knows I have fallen into that trap often enough. :-D
Jun
3
comment Creating a System Sequence Diagram from an [extended] use case
Never assume an acronym will be understood. I know my fair share about use cases, mvc, design patterns and sequence diagrams, but it hadn't occurred to me that SSD would mean system sequence diagram. It simply isn't the first thing that comes into my mind when seeing the acronym. Making people work/think to understand your question simply may actually prevent you from getting the answer you seek. If you want people to help, make it as easy as possible for them to do so.
Jun
2
comment Which could be a good design pattern for complex numeric calculations between three or more different data models?
In that case the "Automate dependency tracking" series by Michael Perry may be of interest to you. He uses Java, but the principles should be applicable in C# as well.
Jun
2
comment Copyright notices: What if I change my surname? What if someone else has the exact same name?
@JohnR.Strohm: And another case where US litigation system has gone haywire and has lost its ability to protect and defend those in the right against those willing to abuse it for their own gain.
Jun
1
comment Copyright notices: What if I change my surname? What if someone else has the exact same name?
Voting to close, but with a suggestion: get a domain name. That will be unique. You don't need to add hosting etc. if you don't want to.
Jun
1
awarded  Good Answer
May
31
comment Looking for meaningful, strong argument in favor of antivirus software on development machines
@MarkAllen: Good idea.
May
31
revised Looking for meaningful, strong argument in favor of antivirus software on development machines
added 286 characters in body
May
31
comment Looking for meaningful, strong argument in favor of antivirus software on development machines
@DanNeely: Yep, the AV isn't the one that is fooled by changing the extension, the e-mail client is.
May
31
comment Looking for meaningful, strong argument in favor of antivirus software on development machines
@LorenPechtel: exactly