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Lead Web/Application Developer - PHP (Drupal and Zend) and Python.

Amateur photographer and sometime explorer.


Apr
4
revised Is it better to be specialized in a few areas or have general abilities in many?
fleshed out the answer somewhat
Apr
4
answered Is it better to be specialized in a few areas or have general abilities in many?
Apr
3
comment Do job postings exaggerate their requirements?
I've never personally applied for anything where I felt the requirements were exaggerated (though I've heard stories like @Tridus above) - but I have seen plenty where the description and responsibilities were pure unadulterated yarn - bigging up the job beyond mere 'lackey' status.
Apr
3
comment Do most companies not know how to write software?
Maybe not 1000 - but there is definitely a reporting bias as you say. Another consideration is that in some cases the company is not actually wrong - just that their policies don't gel with the individual's own ideas about development. It's just as important that a developer can find a company to fit their own sensibilities for job satisfaction as it is for other environment and remuneration factors.
Apr
1
comment If you could pose a question to a Turing test candidate, what would it be?
@Agos - but that is an honest answer ;)
Apr
1
comment Development Teams - Can One Bad Apple Spoil the Bunch?
Plus - as a team leader, you can end up expending so much time and effort on the bad apple, that your good ones start to feel neglected and even resentful
Mar
29
comment Most common “Y2K-style” bugs today?
Not entirely true - with NAT and other technologies, IPv4 is being extended beyond its limits. But the assumption that there is only IPv4 is a 'y2k'
Mar
25
revised Aggregation vs Composition
swapped composition/aggregation notation in example 2
Mar
25
accepted Resources for Test Driven Development in Web Applications?
Mar
24
awarded  Nice Answer
Mar
24
suggested approved edit on Aggregation vs Composition
Mar
24
comment Aggregation vs Composition
I agree that my answer is severely lacking - but so is the WikiPedia article...
Mar
24
comment If XML is so bad…why do so many people use it?
@Matthieu M.: A better tag for boolean value would be: <advanceAcceptanceIndicator />. Now don't get me wrong - I am not an XML zealot - I use JSON just as much, but sometimes XML is the choice to make.
Mar
24
revised Aggregation vs Composition
added 228 characters in body
Mar
24
answered Aggregation vs Composition
Mar
23
comment How to (professionally) back up reasons for choosing open source technologies in a large project
+1 for trust - that is almost always what it boils down to. It also goes the other way - they possibly got burned with earlier versions of other technologies, and so do not trust them as much (I know several DBAs who talk about MySQL as if it was still version 3).
Mar
23
comment If XML is so bad…why do so many people use it?
I don't think XML is inherently bloated - but implementations of it are. I find XML-RPC to be particularly egregious at unnecessary bloat.
Mar
23
comment Why bother with detailed specs?
+1 I came to programming via engineering HVAC control systems - a typical specification for a building would be several hundred pages. Projects were accepted by the consultant/client when all points were ticked - variations would incur a cost and extended deadline. The thing is - for some reason, it seems to be in general software development that the specification should be written by the implementor - I think this is wrong - in HVAC, the specification came through a building consultant (although the implementor could query and challenge the spec at any time).
Mar
23
awarded  Citizen Patrol
Mar
22
awarded  Critic