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bio website stackoverflow.com/users/35364
location Toronto, Canada
age 29
visits member for 4 years, 3 months
seen Dec 14 at 8:24

University of Calgary Alumni
B.S.c. Computer Science


Feb
22
answered Are Java's public fields just a tragic historical design flaw at this point?
Feb
13
comment How could we rewrite the 'No Evil' license to make it 'free'?
This is still non-free
Feb
12
answered How could we rewrite the 'No Evil' license to make it 'free'?
Jan
22
comment What's your favourite quote about programming?
not helping ...
Jan
22
comment What's your favourite quote about programming?
I still don't understand what it is. Seriously, if it's something well known in your culture, don't just assume that every one in the world knows what it is.
Jan
6
awarded  Good Answer
Jan
1
comment Programmer aptitude test
@Brennan: The only math I found similar to programming was Discrete Math in university. Most other math we studied was about mindlessly applying rules and formulas to solve some sort of an equation. You can argue that's not true math, but it doesn't matter to this discussion.
Dec
31
comment Why do so few large websites run a Microsoft stack?
Many people get windows for free. Specially the programmers/geeky types who can easily find a torrent for it. Also, many hacker types get Macs, which is rather expensive. As for the tools, well, the free Unix tools are available for windows too, and windows has its own free tools that are not available for Unix.
Dec
31
comment Programmer aptitude test
Well, it's a complicated field, if you approach it head on you will fail. Everyone who started programming started with easy stuff, and believed that it's really easy. That belief will likely be maintained through out their learning experience. You never realize how complicated it is until you look back, or watch someone struggle with something that you find very basic.
Dec
31
comment Why do so few large websites run a Microsoft stack?
It's not like they would love to move to windows but it's too late. They most likely don't ever want to move. The only reason people move from Linux to Windows is to play video games because video card drivers for Linux suck.
Dec
31
answered Why do so few large websites run a Microsoft stack?
Dec
31
comment Programmer aptitude test
That's a very complicated test. If someone told me to take the test before delving into programming I would've been scared off. OK, maybe I wouldn't care, but anyone who would take the test seriously would be scared off.
Dec
31
answered Programmer aptitude test
Dec
28
awarded  Nice Answer
Dec
28
awarded  Nice Answer
Dec
27
awarded  Necromancer
Dec
1
answered Is functional programming actually used to create applications?
Nov
18
comment What are the worst false economies in software development?
@MetalMikester, that's why I put a "when" clause; I'm talking about cases when free alternatives are better, and there are a lot of such cases.
Nov
18
comment What are the worst false economies in software development?
i.e. companies that stick with Java and C# and are too afraid to touch python or ruby because they're not "industry standard", which reminds me of: paulgraham.com/avg.html
Nov
18
comment What are the worst false economies in software development?
@Gan: They think using open source is the false economy, but they have it all backwards.