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Who, Me?

I am a .NET C# developer, I started out as a mainframe COBOL programmer back in 1987. Transitioned to VB6 in 2000, .NET when Visual Studio 1.0 was in Beta2. Now working in ASP.NET, Windows Phone 7.

Twitter: @Cyberherbalist

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Apr
17
comment Is ClickOnce Deployment deprecated?
@Andy I agree, actually. But there's a built-in prejudice against them where I work. It's a state government service agency and trying to support desktop apps over the state government network has proven problematic in the past. Web applications have a single point where the application can be updated once for all.
Dec
12
comment Effectiveness of “what is your greatest strength/weakness” interview questions
At my last job interview, I didn't get asked "Why do you want to work here", and I am glad. To be honest I would have had to answer, "I don't really want to work here, but if I don't get a job pretty soon my house is going to be foreclosed on." As it happens, I came to like the job and have been here for 15 years now.
Apr
18
comment How do I set up a source code control system for myself?
Nice! Thanks for mentioning this -- I hadn't yet heard of Google Code before.
Apr
11
comment How do I set up a source code control system for myself?
Well, it may have been free for 3 users, but it's now $25 per user per month. Still, seems like a cool produect.
Sep
15
comment Application development practices in a non-software company
Jeez, I hope you have a position open there -- I want to work there SOOO bad! About as bad as I want to perform open heart surgery on myself.
May
13
comment Why are there so few female programmers?
@nick: there is probably some amount of nurture involved but there is enough credible evidence to suggest strongly that nature is highly governing. There was the one case of a boy, David Reimer, whose penis was destroyed in a botched circumcision. He was medically reassigned as a female, and his parents tried their darndest to raise him as a girl, but he never actually self-identified as female. Other cases exist. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Reimer
Jan
6
comment How do I convince my boss that it's OK to use an application to access an outside website?
Of the two methods on the page of getting data, one for a list of recent changes, and the other for a complete current list, I had two different routines, using a POST and a GET.
Jan
6
comment How do I convince my boss that it's OK to use an application to access an outside website?
You make a good point, but as it turns out the boss is a developer and knows exactly what it means to access a website automatically. It's not the technical, but the ethical he's concerned with.
Jan
6
comment How do I convince my boss that it's OK to use an application to access an outside website?
Thanks for that. They don't appear to provide bank routing numbers here, but it does provide ammunition that they have no problem with automated access in principle.
Jan
6
comment How do I convince my boss that it's OK to use an application to access an outside website?
Oh, he's a developer -- and pretty darned good at it -- but he has an overdeveloped sense of ethics. I tried to tell him that every search engine on the planet was hitting on the FED's site every day and nobody's suing them, but to no avail.
Jan
6
comment How do I convince my boss that it's OK to use an application to access an outside website?
Nice, but where do you see this web service? Looking at the website in question (fededirectory.frb.org), I don't see one. There's a link to "Download E-Payments Routing Directories", but this is not a web service -- in fact, this is the link he wants to use to get the data.
Dec
14
comment Is it ever too old to learn how to become a programmer?
There's very few things you can't get good enough at if you don't start quite young. The only one I can think of offhand is Jedi Knight.
Oct
7
comment Is Silverlight only for eye-candy, or does it have a use in business?
Already there!!