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Jan
20
comment New grad with my first programming job lined up: What is the advice you wish you had at this stage?
@mcfinnigan - Well... you shoulda learned to play the guitar, you shoulda learned, to play them drums...
Jan
9
comment How can a programmer keep up with the hardware world?
I use reddit for a high level overview of various interests. reddit.com/r/technology
Nov
30
comment How can one find out if open-source code was used in a commercial product?
What alarm would there be to sound? There's nothing in the GPL that stops Microsoft from releasing their own Linux distro called Windows 9. They just need to follow the GPL.
Nov
30
comment Does slicing a design in PS create horrible CSS?
It would take you all of 5 minutes to slice up an image and draw your own conclusions.
Nov
8
comment Career change question: going from systems analyst to embedded systems development
ganssle.com/startinges.htm
Nov
8
comment PowerShell guide or reference for .Net Framework?
Technet is another site to bookmark... technet.microsoft.com/en-us/scriptcenter/default
Nov
5
comment How does Ruby, Python, PHP manage without Spring?
Good non-answer!
Oct
25
comment What language and topics should be covered when teaching non-CS college students how to program?
ocw.mit.edu/courses/electrical-engineering-and-computer-science/…
Oct
21
comment What are other technologies that are capable of creating Websites with Animation, Load Detailed Images & Cross Browser
processingjs.org
Oct
21
comment How can I learn old school know how
www1.idc.ac.il/tecs
Oct
12
comment I can't remember programming 5 mins after learning?
Do you have this problem with other subjects? It's possible that you're dealing with a learning disorder of some sort. Not saying that's the case, but it's always a possibility... and if it is the case, "more practice" probably isn't the solution.
Oct
8
comment Which programming methodology would be a good fit for us?
I think that this goes well with your answer... joelonsoftware.com/articles/DevelopmentAbstraction.html
Oct
5
comment How do you cope with Java coming from javascript?
CompSci w/Java at Stanford...see.stanford.edu/see/…... CompSci w/Python at MIT...ocw.mit.edu/courses/electrical-engineering-and-computer-science/…
Oct
1
comment How to learn microcontroller programming?
There's a very good pdf tutorial for the Arduino at the bottom of this page: earthshineelectronics.com/10-arduino-starter-kit.html
Sep
29
comment Interviewing someone for general unix skills
@Christophe - If you're hiring capable *nix programmers, IMO it's fair to assume that they "that they know their way around the command line". If you're hiring capable other-OS developers, IMO it fair to assume that their *nix command lines skills are minimal. Group A doesn't need to be tested, group B gets an automatic fail, so why bother testing them, either? If your criteria for hiring a software developer is based on how well they use the command line, well, I think that your hiring process is flawed. It would be different if shell scripting was the main responsibility of the position.
Sep
29
comment Interviewing someone for general unix skills
@Yam - It says it like this... if you're hiring and somebody sends you a resume that you believe is contrived, you just don't interview that person. What you don't do is create some silly test that a) you admit has no bearing on the position's requirements, and b) admit that is only designed to test the "honesty" of somebody's claimed experience. If somebody can't even get an interview at OP's company without having their "honesty" questioned because they said that they've used the *nix shell, what does that say about the company? To me, it says shit job at shit company. YMMV.
Sep
28
comment Will my communication skills be wasted in a software engineering career?
i can haz teh codez? kthxbye...
Sep
28
comment Interviewing someone for general unix skills
@Christophe - Well, here's the deal... it doesn't matter, because they probably won't work for you. It's a major red flag for an interviewee when the potential employer starts pulling silly stunts like this because they don't trust what's on the resume. Your "test", and your justification for it, is basically saying that you're trying to hire somebody to work a shit job at a shit company. I may be wrong, but I'm guessing that I'm not. However, if I am wrong, I suggest that you re-evaluate your "expectations".
Sep
28
comment Beginning to code with java (No coding experience)
Stanford has a class online... see.stanford.edu/see/…
Sep
18
comment Should a software developer carry business cards?
If "most" of the people that you interact with in a given context use them, how does that make them outdated? Now, if OP had asked about carving hieroglyphics on stone tablets, or painting his info on cave walls, or peeling the bark off of birch trees, or asking them to splice into his telegraph line, then perhaps outdated would be the correct word.