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Software developer with 13 years experience. At the moment I'm mainly interested in:

  • java
  • eCommerce
  • encryption
  • security

Check out my new GitHub at https://github.com/qwerky


May
28
answered Was classical BASIC ever used for commercial software development, and if so, how were limitations overcome?
May
10
comment How should I test randomness?
Testing for randomness is impossible. Every possible valid outcome of your shuffle could be achieved, and in one shuffle all outcomes have an equal probability, no matter how improbable they may appear. The most you can ever do is hint at how probable the result is. For example a shuffle that results in the same order is possible (and just as probable as any other order). However if you repeat the test 100 times and the order is the same after shuffling every time, then the shuffle is very unlikely to be random.
Jan
25
answered Should I intentionally break the build when a bug is found in production?
Jan
17
awarded  Yearling
Jan
17
answered What to call pure JavaScript standalone (web)apps for which I've not written any server side code?
Jan
13
comment What are the chances of getting a good development job without the training in solving programming puzzles?
+1 for Read up on fundamental algorithms and data structures...
Jan
13
comment How to avoid “DO YOU HAZ TEH CODEZ” situations?
This should be top answer - help him to help himself.
Nov
24
comment Use open-source programs in your company?
+1 - Use whatever tool is best suited for the job. Sometimes open source is a factor in this, sometimes not.
Nov
24
answered Should security restrictions cause a service to return null or throw an exception?
Nov
14
awarded  Excavator
Nov
14
answered What undergraduate course to choose for a mature programmer returning to study
Nov
11
comment Is “White-Board-Coding” inappropriate during interviews?
We're not looking for perfect syntax. makes it reasonable, in fact I'd say recommended! It is unreasonable to criticise syntax errors on whiteboard coding.
Nov
7
comment Should I accept to write unsecure code if my employer requests me to do so?
+1 - cover your back. Document your objections and reasoning as to why you think this is bad. Document your managers response. Print this out and file it carefully in case the heat comes back to you.
Oct
13
answered How can I automate production deployments without experiencing extreme anxiety?
Oct
13
comment What is a reasonable and secure password requirement for user registration?
@mouviciel I trust it enough to put things like my wallet and phone in there, which I value more than nearly every online account I have.
Oct
12
comment What is a reasonable and secure password requirement for user registration?
In the situation where you are at work, write it down on a post-it and lock the post-it in your desk drawer. Keep the drawer key in your pocket. Think of it as a physical password manager.
Oct
12
comment What is a reasonable and secure password requirement for user registration?
Writing down passwords does not defeat the purpose. If I have a really complicated password written on a post-it stuck on my monitor then the only way someone can access my account is if they have broken into my house and are sat at my desk in my study. In this situation I have a far, far bigger problem than someone being able to track my UPS deliveries.
Oct
7
comment From Slashdot: Does being a loyal developer pay?
+1 for Try talking to your current boss about it, explain what's happened, what you're thinking and see if it can be resolved without the risk of moving.; telling your boss that you got another (better) offer will soon show you how much you are valued.
Sep
16
awarded  Nice Answer
Sep
16
answered Can we replace XML with JSON entirely?