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

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comment How to illustrate the difference between forward and backward compatibility
The TV example is not a good analogy - black and white TVs are not forwards compatible - the colour transmission signal is backwards compatible.
Apr
21
comment Do legal names matter with source code licensing in the USA?
you probably need to ask a lawyer - but copyright is copyright - you'd still have copyright on your work under and alias, but you would have a harder time enforcing it without disclosing you true identity.
Apr
16
comment Why do many exception messages not contain useful details?
@MasonWheeler - not all computer users are computer owners - company machines used by one or more employees, for example.
Apr
2
comment Is there a common reason a more technical/traditional web developer should use a CMS for his/her own purposes?
wait - you were trying to code PHP for a WP plugin through the CMS? there are better ways to do that
Mar
31
comment Why are people making tables with divs?
how does this go anywhere close to answering the question?
Mar
31
comment Why are people making tables with divs?
and if you look at the other two answers here, you will see that neither say simply "because it's the rule" - they both lay out very clear justifications for the rule and use cases
Mar
31
comment Why are people making tables with divs?
wrt to the last paragraph - you have read the HTML5 specification for those elements, haven't you? w3.org/html/wg/drafts/html/master/semantics.html#the-p-element w3.org/html/wg/drafts/html/master/semantics.html#the-ul-element w3.org/html/wg/drafts/html/master/semantics.html#the-ol-element - particularly, if order does matter, then use the ol element (since this is the structural part) - you can still present it as a bullet list using CSS
Mar
30
comment Why are people making tables with divs?
well, no, it isn't tabular data. you are presenting it in a grid that resembles a table. Tabular data is statistics and comparative information - think like a spreadsheet. Would you say that thumbnail view in Windows file explorer is tabular data? And, is this always going to be presented like a table? What if you want a different view style in 6 or 12 months? Why put in restrictions that have long-term effects for the sake of being obstinate in the face of widely accepted practice?
Mar
30
comment Why are people making tables with divs?
Those "abstract semantics" are exactly what helps search engines, screen readers, and even graphical browsers...
Mar
30
comment Why are people making tables with divs?
Have updated my answer
Oct
15
comment Adding quirks from an old system to a new system because that's what people are used to - a term for this?
Actually, I think that Quirk Parity - programmers.stackexchange.com/a/260032/13421 - is closer to the original question. Skeuomorph's a more of a design aesthetic than programming.
Jun
11
comment Fixing a spelling mistake in a method name
*misspelt... or maybe a different spelling?
Apr
23
comment Best way to indicate more results available
out of interest - how would the caller then specify they want "more"? how would the service differentiate between the initial and "more" calls?
Dec
9
comment Why are <section>, <header> and <footer> tags not used much when I see sites that are in HTML 5?
Examples? Many sites just use templates, and they may not have been updated with the new semantic structure
Oct
23
comment Subclassing to avoid line length
@SuperUser - nope, still can't really see the problem from your description - do you have an actual code example? In any event, it does sound like you're worrying too much about the wrong thing.
Oct
23
comment Subclassing to avoid line length
sorry if i'm being dense - but how does subclassing reduce the number of characters per line? I can see that it would reduce the number of lines per class, but that's something else
Aug
21
comment How do I go about debugging a PHP error?
you might want to set the error_reporting value in htaccess/apache to 2147483647 - it's a bitmask, and the exact flags change between different versions of PHP
Jul
24
comment Why is Moore's Law seen as an absolute truth?
The same reason that the Theory of Evolution (or Theory of Gravity) isn't "just a theory" - English vernacular has different meaning to words used in formal scientific English: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scientific_law
Jul
24
comment How can I work on multiple programming languages at same time
It's weird - I had this kind of problem with French/Spanish back in high school. Now, I'm programming various things in PHP, JavaScript, Perl, Python, and I just don't have the same issues - the only reason I can offer is I'm more thoughtful about what I'm doing, and I care more about it.
Jul
17
comment Is PHP actually a web framework?
@RobertHarvey Wikipedia article on software frameworks