101 reputation
bio website
location Scotland, United Kingdom
age 49
visits member for 3 years, 5 months
seen Jun 16 at 9:52
I'm an Engineering Manager working for a small company (~30 employees) which is part of a worldwide group (~10k employees). My team writes embedded firmware for our custom-designed handheld instruments, running Windows CE. The bulk of our work is still in Visual C++ / MFC, but new projects are now being written in .NET (using both C# and VB). I've been an engineer since 1986, starting in DSP hardware but moving to pure software in 1990. I've worked on digital radio, speech encoding & encryption, CD-i applications, Win16 and Win32 applications, CGI script applications and Windows CE (2.11 through to 6.0) applications, using C, C++, C#, VB3, VB.NET, Perl, HTML, Linux shell scripts, DOS batch files etc. Although I am now a manager I still do some hands-on programming: debugging, maintaining old stuff, and helping out on the new stuff when bandwidth is tight.

awarded  Teacher
comment Has whitespace in identifiers ever been idiomatic?
I seem to remember (looking back to the 1980s here!) that CORAL did something similar - you could (and did) have white space in variable names, but keywords then had quotes around them (like 'DEFINE' and, a personal favourite, 'COMMENT'. We used to use the macro processor to replace these with un-quoted versions).
comment How do I approach a coworker about his or her code quality?
+1 for the "Why" warning: most people go on the defensive as soon as you say "Why"
answered Alternatives to Professional Version Control
comment Teaching C++ to first time high school students: Where to draw the line?
@recipriversexclusion: don't worry about what Stroustrup says! He may be a genius at designing languages, but I am afraid he's not a patch on Kernighan and Ritchie, or (by a mile) Larry Wall, at teaching ordinary mortals how to use them!
comment How do you define elegant code?
+1 for "simple, elegant, and wrong": I've seen a few of those! However I'd say Readability far outweighs Succinctness.
comment Why write clean, refactored code?
@ Danilo -- in theory I'd say you are right but in practice I have found virtually no "fire once and forget" code. I always tell people working with me "there is no such thing as test code": better to write it neatly / maintainably from day one IMHO (but it is just an opinion!)
awarded  Supporter
comment Is it true that a stricter coding style is always better?
+1 - I think this summarises the pros and cons pretty well.