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Software Development Engineer in Test (SDET)

Interests:

  • AI
  • Computational Behaviour
  • C#, F#

2d
comment Fixing bugs in other peoples code
Why was he mad? Everyone, always, should sync to latest and resolve conflicts before pushing.
2d
comment Should the commit history be used to convey critical information to developers?
Do you require new hires to go through the entire commit history?
Jul
22
comment Why is polling accepted in web programming?
Take a look at functional reactive programming. Generally speaking, it addresses most of your questions.
Jul
22
comment Daily builds with SVN for a small team
@xmojmr: if I recall, CruiseControl was one of the original CI packages that helped get CI as a mainstream practice... but the project is abandoned (latest release is 4 years ago). It's OSS though, so that's better than completely dead... but still not one I'd recommend.
Jul
22
answered Daily builds with SVN for a small team
Jul
22
awarded  Popular Question
Jul
3
comment How does the “Fourth Dimension” work with arrays?
In general, you can get over this conceptual hump by trying to avoid thinking of dimensions as strictly physical constructs. For example, some machine learning problems can have a dimensionality in the hundreds of thousands, where each dimension is a feature of the dataset.
Jul
2
awarded  Curious
Jun
30
comment Does one really need multiple instances of a class?
@delnan: factories, brokers, schedulers, configuration, etc. are some examples I can think of that are relatively common and justified.
Jun
30
comment Does one really need multiple instances of a class?
IME people don't criticize the pattern itself, only when it's used as global mutable state.
Jun
25
comment How do you validate need for documentation?
@ebyrob: I work on a codebase of a few hundred million LOC written over ~20 years with contributions from 10s of thousands of developers. It can take a week or more to read the books just to learn how to effectively use the software. Hence "depending on the complexity of the software."
May
2
comment If null is bad, why do modern languages implement it?
@Doval Do you happen to have a link or something? I tried doing something similar and it turned out kinda nasty. Yours sounds like it might not be so bad.
May
2
comment If null is bad, why do modern languages implement it?
Option types go hand-in-hand with (statically verified) pattern matching, which C# unfortunately doesn't have. F# does though, and it's wonderful.
May
1
comment Enforcing coding standards: What are the trade-offs of different methods?
Silly question: Why not get the best of both worlds by using both? Restrict checkins via the svn hook(s) so the repo stays clean, and you get fast feedback and get the pretty pictures with CI reporting.
Apr
30
awarded  Good Answer
Apr
24
awarded  Revival
Apr
22
awarded  Famous Question
Apr
18
comment Is there a point in using closures for non-fully functional programming languages?
Can you really do that? What does code look like that creates a class instead of closing over a variable?
Apr
18
comment Is there a point in using closures for non-fully functional programming languages?
I think you're right in that you're misunderstanding closures. I don't see how closures and classes strictly relate or compete with regards to functionality.
Apr
15
comment How to make my code decide which class to instantiate based on a parameter?
Sounds like you've got a standard FactoryMethod pattern. I don't see anything wrong with that (though, I usually prefer to us enums and a switch to identify which object to return).