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Pythonista; Celerista; Pyramista; Plonista; Magentoasta; Javascriptista; CSSista; HTMLista; Webista; Shellista; you get the gista.

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Jul
20
comment What are the key differences between Java's and Python's OOP support?
What you call "array" here in python is actually a list. Python doesn't have arrays ootb, but where implemented (numpy, for example) they are typed, albeit they can only hold primitives.
Jul
14
awarded  Popular Question
Jul
2
awarded  Curious
May
10
comment How are the skills used in typical interview questions applied in the real job?
I don't like it, but it's true. Sometimes you need to hire someone precisely because they should know more about a subject than you, so by definition you're underqualified to do the interview. You can't reliably get help even doing the interview for the same reason. The best you can do is try to ask questions based on wherever your understanding intersects with the problem domain and hope you get lucky.
Mar
2
awarded  Yearling
Dec
23
awarded  Popular Question
Oct
21
comment Writing and Understanding code
One thing that will help you understand legacy code is writing tests for it. Plus (at least in my book) that would make you a hero.
Oct
21
accepted Version control: Dealing with incomplete/broken code
Oct
21
accepted Can I (reasonably) refuse to sign an NDA for pro bono work?
Oct
20
awarded  Informed
Sep
14
comment How can I deal with a team member who dislikes making comments in code?
@GordonM I actually take exception to the implication that what I said was threatening, but anyway, I fixed it.
Sep
14
revised How can I deal with a team member who dislikes making comments in code?
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Sep
13
comment Where can I find an authoritative comparison of computer languages?
I have a book on my shelf called Seven Languages in Seven Weeks. I have never read past chapter 2. But maybe you will.
Sep
13
comment Where can I find an authoritative comparison of computer languages?
I would add Brown's online PL design course to your list. It's not a book, but it is centered around one.
Jul
8
revised Is fewer lines of code always better?
Correct and cite quote; qualify statement about programmers finding the second example easier to read
Mar
2
comment How can I deal with a team member who dislikes making comments in code?
@GordonM Do you think it would be better not to tell an employee when his behavior is inappropriate, and what the consequences of continued inappropriate behavior would be?
Mar
2
awarded  Yearling
Feb
25
awarded  Caucus
Feb
22
comment Why do large websites use different languages for the backend and frontend?
If you really want to see the dark fringes of languages' strengths and weaknesses try parsing sgml/xml languages with shell tools like sed and awk. Or write fizzbuzz or a factorial calculator in xslt. :)
Feb
9
comment How can I deal with a team member who dislikes making comments in code?
@temptar A good coder is lazy, but they go for the minimum they can get away with without providing adding value? That's quite an offensive generalization to put on a site full of coders. A good coder is lazy because he's looking to reduce everyone's effort, not just his own. He's searching for generalizations that solve problems in a lasting way.