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Feb
12
comment Storing web app passwords so that they can be retrieved
Correct, I mentioned Excel just to provide some context about how ridiculous the situation already is. I will look into your suggestion, even if I'm not sure it's worth the trouble.
Feb
12
comment Storing web app passwords so that they can be retrieved
First of all, thank you for your answer. Yours is a sound suggestion, in fact I did consider it for a while, but there was another requirement (which I admittedly forgot to mention): generate as few customer calls as possible. If my boss would discover that customers are calling because I didn't implement his obvious clear text solution I might have a tough time. A part of me just says "Fuck it, do what he wants and let customers sue him somewhere down the road", but the other part would feel horrible going down that route.
Feb
12
comment Storing web app passwords so that they can be retrieved
@MetaFight I'm no crypto wizard either, but that sounds like it could work. I will definitely look into it, thank you.
Feb
12
comment Storing web app passwords so that they can be retrieved
@tom yeah, well, but the spreadsheet won't be up to date the minute the user changes his password. Plus, the passwords would be stored in clear text anyway, so that would kind of defeat my purpose, would it not?
Feb
12
comment Storing web app passwords so that they can be retrieved
@m4tt1mus, as I wrote, a recovery mechanism is not feasible because I can't count on users even having an email address.
Feb
12
comment Storing web app passwords so that they can be retrieved
@salihrkc should I explain why accessing the passwords of the users you manage is a bad idea? Or why storing passwords in freaking clear text is bad?
Jun
26
comment How should I structure a solution for a long term project?
+1. @sooprise, don't waste your time trying to figure out what you don't know yet. Projects do tend to call for changes in their layout as time goes by. Plus, what others think of you is none of your business. If you care so much about structuring your project the way they want, by all means go ask them what you should do. Nothing is irreversible, especially since you'll be under source control and with powerful refactoring tools at your disposal. Forget about the mythical clean history: fuck-ups are going to happen, and that's exactly how you learn.
May
15
comment Information about how much time in spent in a function, based on the input of this function
You are sure right that the debugger somehow knows how to retrieve the values, but who knows what it's doing under the covers. I can guess they have some kind of infrastructure that comes into being when we run code in debug mode. One thing is for sure: with managed code you can't do it in a robust way. One might be able to pull it off using the CLR's unmanaged profiling API, though. But I suspect that would be a tough endeavor as well.
Mar
20
comment Is Software Testing Really Needed?
One short answer: yes, it is needed because shit hits the fan.
Feb
22
comment Using Agile development in a one person team
@davidhaskins: that's correct. Very few know that Agile programming dates back to 1886, thanks to Robert Louis Stevenson. His manuscript "Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde" is considered to be the seminal work in this field.
Feb
20
comment Are there any downsides of 2 developers getting married?
Nice question, /me grabs a bucket of popcorn
Jan
27
comment Is this code bad enough to warrant a rewrite?
The choice of VB is itself a serious smell. Just kidding! :)
Jan
25
comment Amount of man hours to write a social network
@Corey +1. Facebook may suck according to some individuals, but since millions around the world seem to think otherwise, I don't see a serious Facebook competitor having a chance to succeed any time soon. As of now, FB is probably "good enough" for a lot of people. That being said, everything can happen.
Jan
25
comment Amount of man hours to write a social network
@benhowdle89 I mean people using it, of course. Everything else, such as people willing to invest money to have their ads appear on your social network, will come as a consequence.