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Dec
10
comment Can I (reasonably) refuse to sign an NDA for pro bono work?
To be sure, I'm not arguing or asking about whether the NDA request is appropriate (of course it is). I'm simply asking if I should keep working on this project for free after creating a legal obligation for myself.
Dec
10
comment Can I (reasonably) refuse to sign an NDA for pro bono work?
For more discussion about the appropriateness of this question to P.SE, please see this meta question.
Sep
29
comment How can I figure out if programming is right for me?
@allquixotic I disagree with that – if you feel the need to stick to where programming is easy, then you probably don't like learning enough.
Sep
18
comment What problems can arise from emulating concepts from another languages?
@MainMa I hear you, but to find a job where I wouldn't have to write JavaScript I would have to pin myself down to backend or not work on the web. I guess I prefer JavaScript to those alternatives. (Besides, I don't need to emulate class-based OOP, I just make fun of those who do.)
Sep
18
comment What problems can arise from emulating concepts from another languages?
you should maybe choose another language... except when you don't have a choice, such as client side JavaScript. (Even so, having no choice is no excuse for implementing class-based OOP emulation in a prototype language. It's far more efficient to just learn how the language works.)
Sep
1
comment Torvalds' quote about good programmer
But focusing on either the forest or the trees to the exclusion of the other can be detrimental, so I don't think this analogy fits.
Aug
31
comment Torvalds' quote about good programmer
@RyanKinal But of course the language does matter, because it makes it considerably easier to deal with and think about certain data structures. Think about all the languages that specialize in LISt Parsing, for example, or languages that have native support for data structures that have to be hacked into other languages, (sets and sparse arrays come to mind).
Aug
15
comment What is the relevance of resumes in the age of GitHub, Stack Exchange, Coursera, Udacity, blogs, etc.?
Some names are too common to Google. Providing a link on the resume can still be useful.
Aug
7
comment How much help should I give during technical interviews?
My team plays two roles: developing off-platform solutions and rescuing floundering projects. We don't all work on the same project at the same time, but it's rarely one-person to a project. From where I'm sitting it's the best team in the company because I enjoy my work and the companionship, but I can't honestly tell you if we outperform our individual capabilities.
Aug
5
comment How much help should I give during technical interviews?
You bosses approach would work well for rubbish collectors and the guys who hold the Stop/Go lollipops at road works. My boss's approach landed him me and several other excellent developers. The reason I asked the question is that his approach is slow and we end up not hiring developers who may have been great. (Besides, good programmers are garbage collectors.) ;)
Aug
3
comment How much help should I give during technical interviews?
Unless it doesn't work and then it's just sad, sad, sad for the rest of the interview. Personally, I think our first questions are terribly easy, but not all of our candidates seem to think so.
Jul
30
comment Are small amounts of functional programming understandable by non-FP people?
I usually bring up reduce as a counter-example to the you can always use a list comprehension argument, as it's relatively difficult to replace reduce with an inline generator or list comprehension.
Dec
31
comment What are some characteristics of Python that makes it unique as its own language?
@Torbjørn which power? The automatic documentation, or the introspection features?
Dec
30
comment Is Javascript a Functional Programming Language
+1 Great response. Because of the way programming education is structured, new coders seem to think the paradigms are exclusive and discrete, but they're not. Try to write OOP code that takes advantage of functional concepts when it makes sense to do so. Event-driven programming is a paradigm, but aspects of EDP influence certainly every gui and web program. Polymorphism, a core feature of OOP, is really generic programming. Naming these ideas helps us conceptualize good programming, but you shouldn't use one to the exclusion of others.
Dec
30
comment What are some characteristics of Python that makes it unique as its own language?
@SK-logic not trying to be flippant, but have you seen a formal definition of feature? Can you provide a link, because I'd like to read it.
Dec
30
comment What are some characteristics of Python that makes it unique as its own language?
I do not understand It also seems to execute in a neat line by line manner with the exception of functions, and it can be interpreted as such too which is nice. What does it mean?
Dec
30
comment What are some characteristics of Python that makes it unique as its own language?
@SK-logic the question is about characteristics, of which features are a subset. Are there no characteristics unique to Python?
Dec
30
comment How to reply to incomplete requests from potential customers?
Give them an answer that is as indirect as their question was incomplete. "It won't cost as much as you think. Here's what I need to know: …"
Dec
29
comment Science degrees that are complementary to programming
Consider a subject such as Math or Physics for your undergraduate degree, and get your graduate degree in Computer Science.
Dec
29
comment What's the best place for a high school programmer to get his work noticed?
@KirkBroadhurst I imagined it. In my imagination, Bill Gates told me to get out of the way and Mark Zuckerberg ignored me.