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bio website whitlock.ath.cx
location Rohnert Park, CA
age 36
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seen Jul 23 at 1:16

Software engineer with over 12 years of experience and a degree in CS.


Jul
26
comment What shall I include in a 10 week web technologies course?
"specialism"? I think you meant your specialty (pronounced with a British accent of course)
May
13
comment I'm in over my head at my job. What should I do?
You sound pretty beat down. Time for a vacation! Don't give up! You are doing just fine, otherwise they would have got rid of you already. Take a break and come back refreshed.
Mar
18
comment Does anyone know of a simple (free?) feature request tracking system we could use internally for sales people?
Seems like something this simple could be coded up in a day or so. Anything out there will probably bee too complex.
Mar
8
comment Best way for a technical manager to stay up to date on technology
stackoverflow.com and Programmers.stackoverflow.com of course!
Feb
24
comment reading and understanding c code
The Linux kernel is crazy. It does lots of weird things for the sake of performance. Thus is much harder to read than application level c. Don't ever write code like that!
Jan
7
comment If you were to build an app like Craigslist, would use an off-the-shelf framework or write your own?
Most of the time, I don't care to write another login module. I know how to do it, i've done it a million times, I don't want to do it again. Also Zend, codeignighter etc have had many contributors. The codebase is the sum knowledge of many coders. And if you haven't taken a serious look at how others have done it, you will certainly miss out. Not all frameworks are equal, Cake is all auto-magical garbage that I personally hate. Zend is more like a OOP extension of the php standard functions.
Jan
7
comment If you were to build an app like Craigslist, would use an off-the-shelf framework or write your own?
Wait till you see the productivity enhancements you get when you learn a good framework. You also are ignoring that learning to do it your way isn't always the best way. There are some sound well thought out patterns and ideas in the major frameworks. But it is definitely more fun to reinvent the wheel. :)
Jan
7
comment If you were to build an app like Craigslist, would use an off-the-shelf framework or write your own?
Don't believe everything you read.
Sep
27
comment Do you ever write code with pen and paper, and should we do it more often?
+1 for draw a picture. Best advice I ever got from one of my CS profs years ago.