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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


Sep
16
answered Can we replace XML with JSON entirely?
Sep
15
comment Is it common to separate back-end and front-end into two positions on web development projects?
+1 for if you have a startup, don't assign roles. Better hope that you assembled a good self organizing team. If everybody knows each other, everybody knows who does what the best.
Aug
19
revised Should developers accept overtime/weekend work/denied bonus payments?
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Aug
18
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Aug
18
answered Should developers accept overtime/weekend work/denied bonus payments?
Aug
12
comment Are there any notable examples of business disasters directly attrutible to open-source software?
@FarmBoy In that case your opening statement should be "In the following companies I have worked for ......, there is a strong prejudice towards proprietary software. Even in the following large business I have worked for ...... that use Java, MySQL or PostgreSQL weren't used, and WebSphere and WebLogic are strongly preferred over JBoss or Tomcat."
Aug
12
comment Are there any notable examples of business disasters directly attrutible to open-source software?
+1 The people who make the decision are usually pretty high up in the food chain, and want someone to blame/lean on when things go wrong. It's all about covering your back.
Aug
12
comment Are there any notable examples of business disasters directly attrutible to open-source software?
Its possible to purchase a support contract for both Tomcat and MySQL. They are also pretty secure products and are going to be around for the forseeable future. If either suddenly packed up then an awful lot of people would be in trouble.
Aug
12
comment Are there any notable examples of business disasters directly attrutible to open-source software?
Lots of big companies with "enterprise" scale environments use both Tomcat and MySQL. The assumption that they don't is just wrong.
Aug
11
comment 2 year degree plus experience vs 4 year degree
+1 - Not having studied CS at University, in my early, naive years, I found myself trying to solve problems and being pretty pleased with my solutions, only to be amazed that some bloke with a beard had come up with a standard solution 50 years ago that worked fourteen times better.
Aug
5
comment Address validation service for a public website
Have previously used QAS (qas.co.uk), was pretty good but no idea how much it costs.
Aug
4
comment Why would a company develop an atmosphere which discourage code comments?
@Rory, "I can understand all MY code. Would someone else...? Not necessarily." - I refer you to my first comment, "If your code needs commenting it is too complicated. Refactor and make it more obvious what the code does. Code should be self commenting."
Aug
4
comment Why would a company develop an atmosphere which discourage code comments?
If your code needs commenting it is too complicated. Refactor and make it more obvious what the code does. Code should be self commenting. The only comments allowed should be to explain why the code does something, not what it does it, if there is some non-obvious implied business logic. Commenting out obsolete code is stupid, delete it. You should use version control to keep code history.
Jul
25
answered Is there a simple, flat, XML-based query-able data storage solution?
Jul
21
revised Handling out of hours support
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Jul
21
answered Handling out of hours support
Jul
19
comment How to go about building a website that allows users to deposit/transfer money?
+1 You will at a bare minimum be subject to money laundering regulations. These laws will depend on which country you are in.
Jul
8
comment Anti Identity Column
+1 for the race condition. I'd give it a day before it throws its first duplicate key error.
Jul
6
comment Learning Java in a couple of days and preparing interview presentation
+1 - Just be honest. You can't learn enough to fool them in 2 weeks never mind 2 days. Finding out a candidate has been dishonest about their experience is an instant rejection, no exception, and be in no doubt, they will see through any attempt to blag them. If you're honest then having no Java experience may not be a problem for a junior/graduate role if they like you and think you'll be able to learn on the job.
Jul
6
comment I'm forced to write bad code. How do I save my face?
+1 for Every time you touch the code, leave it better than it was before.