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Went into college with a plan, took a CS course on a whim, abandoned plan. Now I'm enjoying the adventure of turning a tangent into a career.


Mar
3
awarded  Yearling
May
20
answered How is your working time distributed between coding and thinking?
May
11
comment Why aren't young programmers interested in mainframes?
I'm a young programmer. I've never seen a mainframe, never had a sandbox/virtual mainframe to play with, never had a friend come up to me and say, "This is really cool, check it out!". I see the web every day, there's readily available - and free - webapp dev learning tools, and all my friends are doing neat stuff in it. Which am I going to choose? (Although, if I did have access to one I'd be sure to check it out, just because it might be interesting... (Comment because this is essentially a +1 for things said below...)
May
11
comment Moving to Python (SciPy and NumPy) for Scientific Computing
@ntt - if this is at all interesting/useful, you mind giving it an upvote? Thanks :)
May
10
answered Moving to Python (SciPy and NumPy) for Scientific Computing
May
10
awarded  Critic
May
10
comment What stressors do programmers encounter on the job, and how do you deal with them?
I spent half of yesterday untangling a mess of cables that initially looked like the Cheshire Cat had vomited a giant rainbow hairball onto the floor. Not exactly in my job description ...
May
4
comment What if the client needs the ability to retrieve passwords?
This might be a bit out of your scope, but most governments have some pretty strict statutes about security for internal software/networks. Any way you can discreetly either look them up, or enlist the help of a policy-knowledgeable source? There may be some way to politely spin your case as "just complying with policy" or some such.
May
3
comment When does freelancing become a start-up?
+1 for why companies are actually called "start ups" at all, instead of just "company" vs. "freelancer".
May
3
answered Learn Java resource (for programming noobs) that doesn't use an IDE
Apr
21
comment GRE CS Subject Test: Can you recommend the top books to read?
@Ethel Evans - or, someone more proactive than I could do 15 secs of research to figure it out themselves. :) Lesson for me.
Apr
21
comment GRE CS Subject Test: Can you recommend the top books to read?
Do you have a good idea of what's on the test? If not, this is really two questions: 1) What's are the main topics, and 2) What are specific titles about those topics. Check if any of the test-prep companies (Kaplan did the general-GRE prep book sitting on my shelf, I know there's others) have any materials specific to the CS test, then you should be able make a list of topics and find resources based on that.
Apr
5
comment What are some tips for avoiding 'Death by PowerPoint' during a technical presentation?
Wish I could upvote this twice - +1 for "don't put words on slides, put concepts on slides", and +1 for handing out a different version of text slides (outline-style, backgroundless-ones, preferably) in addition to your presentation slides.
Apr
5
comment Do job postings exaggerate their requirements?
This happens at universities all the time in the US, too.
Apr
1
answered Things to take Control when Team not doing Well?
Mar
31
answered How to stay in the zone after finishing a task?
Mar
30
comment Do you care if the person you're interviewing owns or contributes to Open Source projects?
Why would you be annoyed that someone contributes to open-source projects? Or do you mean annoyed that they mention it on their resume/CV?
Mar
30
comment Real world Agile practices and estimates
+1 for an attitude of being flexible in fitting an external framework to your/your client's particular situations.
Mar
29
comment Should I help anonymity related projects?
There's a lot of applicable work on this kind of question in the field of ethics, both in practical applications and more philosophical treatments - if you're interested, you might want to do some research into those areas.
Mar
29
comment Should I help anonymity related projects?
This is one of those rare answers that I wish I could upvote more than once. This is, indeed, well-trod ground in the fields of philosophy & ethics.