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Jan
14
comment Software Engineer VS “Harder” Jobs
@Ryan: All I'm saying is that if you're going to give a non-programmer a programming task, have it be a task for which programming is actually an essential part. Otherwise they won't be very impressed by a task to solve a problem that can be easily accomplished by opening OneNote rather than spending hours developing an application.
Jan
13
comment Software Engineer VS “Harder” Jobs
@Ryan: No, but by that logic, if they wrote it in Java you could say that they didn't build the JRE, and if they wrote it in C++ you could say that they didn't build Windows, etc. You always use some underlying platform that you didn't build yourself. My point is that your task isn't challenging because it doesn't require programming to complete. If your definition of completing the task is performing some kind of programming, then I'd save that word document and create a batch file that starts up Word with that document. In that way, I've 'built' an application using Word's API.
Jan
12
comment Software Engineer VS “Harder” Jobs
This challenge is too easy. They can just open up Word, write "To-do List" at 24 pt, and press the Bullets button. Challenge complete, and meets all requirement.
Jan
5
comment Why the Select is before the From in a SQL Query?
@JeffO: Okay. SELECT FROM Customers COLUMNS FirstName, LastName, PhoneNumber.
Oct
21
comment Which comments instantly ring alarm bells when a programmer says them?
@BinaryWorrier: The more commonly used term is Cargo cult programming.
Oct
13
comment Do you have your own 'misc utils' library? What part are you most proud of?
ForEach() is useful, but be careful with it: items.Where(i => i < 0).ForEach(items.Remove).
Oct
13
comment Why do game developers prefer Windows?
People who write code are programmers. You don't have to be an expert - if you've written a program that someone else finds useful, you're a programmer as far as I'm concerned. Also, DotA (for Warcraft III), is neither a mod nor game-changing. It's simply a map, with the same graphics, gameplay mechanics, controls and rules as the original game. It simply introduced certain constraints, narrowed the scope by removing some mechanics, changed the configuration of some elements and repurposed others, which happened to be appealing to many and became a popular sub-sub-genre (like Tower Defense).
Oct
13
comment Trying to learn how to use WCF services in a WPF app, using MVVM
I think this belongs on StackOverflow. In any case, WCF clients created using Add Service Reference implement INotifyPropertyChanged by default for all data contracts.
Oct
13
comment Why do game developers prefer Windows?
Do you have a specific example of a reasonably notable game that was created without writing a single line of code?
Oct
13
comment Why do game developers prefer Windows?
"So you might be able to do the whole thing without any actual programmers." You forgot the sarcasm.
Sep
30
comment My customer wants me to record a video of how I develop his software product
@AnonymousType: Yeah, I guess that could work.
Sep
29
comment My customer wants me to record a video of how I develop his software product
@AnonymousType: In this age of incoming email alerts, instant messaging popups, appointment reminders, voice and video call requests, OS/application update reminders, and other such push-notifications, it is very hard to separate personal from work activities, especially since all of the notification I mentioned may be either work or personal related. You'd have to use two separate machines with two separate email account and two separate IM/Skype accounts, etc - i.e hell.
Feb
7
comment Is there a Windows philosophy of programming?
@Tom: It's a philosophy; it need not apply to anything. Nevertheless, I believe it applies very well to most things in the Windows world.
Jan
20
comment What popular “best practices” are not always best, and why?
I'm guessing you've never heard of TypeMock? It allows mocking classes, privates, statics (factory), anything.
Jan
19
comment What arguments are there in favor of weak typing?
Java's .toString() (or .NET's .ToString()) is actually a good example of how you can solve that problem without using dynamic typing, but by using a good inheritance hierarchy. But still, dynamic typing is a tool which is sometimes better at solving certain problems. It's all about choosing the right tool – sometimes it's static typing, and sometimes dynamic.
Dec
23
comment Under what circumstances should error messages be presented to the user?
@Alison: Think of the "Details >>" or "(+) Details" button on many error message dialog boxes. The technical details are hidden by default, and can be revealed when needed.
Dec
10
comment I don't understand the arguments against operator overloading
I'm saying that the potential problem of operator overloading with math operations is small compared to those operators. Doing something clever or crazy with math operators might troublesome, but the operators I listed, which people usually don't think of as operators but rather basic language elements, should always meet the expectation defined by the language. [] should always be an array-like accessor, and -> should always mean accessing a member. It doesn't matter if it's actually an array or a different container, or if it's a smart pointer or not.
Dec
10
comment I don't understand the arguments against operator overloading
+1: Well written, well argued, interesting topic and highly debatable. A shining example of a p.se question.
Nov
29
comment Is the Java package name convention flawed?
@Thorbjørn: A namespace, unlike a domain, isn't, and can't be owned by anyone. It is only a logical division or categorization of code. The chances of collision between you and that other company approaches zero, unless that other company also happens to develop software, in the same technology, and has a similar offering (in short - a competitor of yours). In that case, I'd take RebBingo's suggestion, unless you're okay with having a competing company that has the same name as your company.
Nov
23
comment Method vs Function vs Procedure
Great answer! Just one tiny addition: A procedure should "do something" to the arguments - or cause some other side effect (e.g. printf).