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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.
May
31
comment Looking for meaningful, strong argument in favor of antivirus software on development machines
@MarkAllen: Good idea.
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
May
31
comment Looking for meaningful, strong argument in favor of antivirus software on development machines
@grasGendarme: It usually isn't the AV that disallows it, but the e-mail client. And the recommendation is questionable either. When you have gotten around the e-mail client, the AV kicks in as soon as you re-rename the file and try to do anything with it.
May
30
comment In API design, when to use/avoid ad hoc polymorphism?
I'd +10 this for a very thorough answer from which I learned a lot, but, as per SE rules, you'll have to settle for +1... :-)
May
24
comment Strengthening code with possibly useless exception handling
@DocBrown: which is exactly why you should never have been liberal in what you accept. Robustness doesn't mean that you need to accept everything thrown at you without complaint, just that you need to accept everything thrown at you without crashing.
May
23
comment What to do as a Dev when for years their team has lacked product innovation, not used project mgmt methodologies, and kept bad Software Dev practices?
@kami: unfortunately a well-known recipe for a downfall due to the "The Peter Principle: Why things always go wrong". Original book: The Peter Principle
May
21
comment What to do as a Dev when for years their team has lacked product innovation, not used project mgmt methodologies, and kept bad Software Dev practices?
@kami: Apart from: start compiling the figures and get them noticed by those that do care? No, not much if you restrict yourself to your role as a developer. If you want things to change, you'll have to step outside the boundaries of being a developer. Get your figures straight, present them to your manager first and only to those above/next to him/her when (s)he doesn't take action. Don't go over his/her head with your results before allowing him/her to shine with your work. It will go a long way towards achieving your desired results.
May
20
comment What to do as a Dev when for years their team has lacked product innovation, not used project mgmt methodologies, and kept bad Software Dev practices?
Is your manager a development manager or the product manager ie the one who decides on the priority of items to be developed based on the business value they represent?
May
20
comment Production or Custom Test Data for Unit Testing?
Yeah, you would think so. Unfortunately, in my all too painful experience not everybody has that common sense. And then you discover that while your backups were made every day, nobody ever bothered to check whether the restore also did what it was supposed to...
May
19
comment Keeping agile with zero-bug/defect policy
Yep, though you do have to ensure that prioritization is done on proper grounds (business value) and does not use the "origin" (feature request versus test report versus bug reported from the field) as a "sorting" criterium where feature requests always come before ...
May
19
comment Production or Custom Test Data for Unit Testing?
I do hope you mean copies of production files?
May
18
comment Web applications have “the todo list.” What analogous program is there for systems programming?
Thanks for the link to the "TodoMVC" site. Great resource!
May
18
comment design strategy pattern with null checking
+1 I feel the "null object pattern" is a misnomer. It should have been named the NOP Pattern. NOP standing for NO oPeration as in the NOP assembly instruction.
May
18
comment Re-architecting a classic inheritance design
+1 Though you don't need to use an IOC container to achieve the benefits dependency injection. Nice read: Inversion of Control Containers and the Dependency Injection pattern
May
15
comment Is it poor programming practice to pass parameters as Objects?
@Jonathan: Aha! Another reason not even to contemplate eating fish... :-)
May
15
comment Is it poor programming practice to pass parameters as Objects?
@MichaelBlackburn: ??? I don't understand that comment ??? What's so special about microwaving fish curry? Googling for it I only get interesting (if you like fish) recipe's and even video's.
May
12
comment How much poor quality code should a junior put up with?
Low quality code is a great learning opportunity even without a mentor. Figure out what it is that makes it poor. Keep questioning you theories on that. Try (at home) to improve the code. Figure out how you would tackle implementing the functionality in a more OOP, robust, maintainable, ... way if you could start from scratch. Find different ways to do so. Learn from the experience.