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bio website hacksaw.org
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Trying hard to be no longer a sys-admin. iPhone development is my current study. This includes all programming, UI and Graphic Design, marketing, etc.

Computer User/Programmer/other since 1977.


Jul
11
comment moving from Windows to Linux
I'd forgotten about such things. The state of documentation in free OS land is less than ideal, and I found the tools often made it worse, so I stopped using them. I can only assume they've gotten a little better?
May
4
answered Is it bad practice to name an unused variable with a single underscore?
Jan
27
awarded  Yearling
May
17
answered Is writing dead code useful?
Apr
7
answered moving from Windows to Linux
Mar
7
answered What are pros and cons of using “in-house” tools?
Mar
7
comment How do you know when to split an object method into 2 or more other methods?
Every function should tell a story. And a good story doesn't get into niggling details not germane to the main point of the story. Your character might tie his shoe, but you don't need to stop and tell the reader how he tied the shoe. That story is for a different level.
Mar
7
answered When designing an application around Model-View-Controller (MVC), what is in your toolbox?
Mar
6
comment Time management and self improvement
It's also not clear this has much to do with .NET.
Mar
6
comment Time management and self improvement
Yeah, I'd move this to programmers.
Feb
15
comment Which skills would you expect and appreciate in a Junior Software Engineer?
On the Honesty part: What I tell people working for me is to spend a half hour trying to figure it out on your own, then ask me for help or a pointer. If I don't have an immediate answer, bang on it for four hours or so before letting me know it's taking more than that. That's when we start dragging people off of other tasks to help. These days, I would also counsel them to search in, and then ask in Stack Overflow, and google in general, early on in that process. My goal here is to prevent the instant interruption response, which can kill the productivity of the folks around you.
Feb
15
comment Deciding between obj->func() and func(obj)
This just means that your general functions need to be truly general, either working with templates, using polymorphic functions, or primitive type public instance variables.
Feb
7
awarded  Commentator
Feb
5
comment How do I let programmers know something useful?
Actually, I disagree. Another random blog about some problem and solution is increasingly likely to be ignored, due to the fact that some many of them are overly specific, and often mediocre writing. Some place in the stack exchange family is much better, because it's more likely to get reviewed by someone in the know.
Feb
3
comment If we can do functional programming with Python, do we need a specific functional programming language?
Is python Lambda a true Lambda yet? Last time I checked, it would only accept an expression, not an anonymous function block.
Feb
1
comment Does learning to develop for iOS create a lock-in?
Some additional advice: spend some time learning a few languages. After a certain point the similarities show, and you'll be able to learn a new language in a few weeks or a new application framework in a few months.
Jan
28
comment How do I (tactfully) tell my project manager or lead developer that the project's codebase needs serious work?
BTW, until you have seriously proved yourself with your code, you won't be taken seriously. Don't be the arrogant kid railing against the old guys. I'm not saying your perceptions of the code aren't correct, I'm strictly saying that your social position affects your message. Succeed with success.
Jan
27
awarded  Editor
Jan
27
awarded  Teacher
Jan
27
answered Why do programming books have such wacky cover art?