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Jun
17
comment Tabs versus spaces—what is the proper indentation character for everything, in every situation, ever?
Every editor has a "show whitespace" option now, and Visual Studio has a 'tabify' option
Jun
17
comment Tabs versus spaces—what is the proper indentation character for everything, in every situation, ever?
A space is a single column, unless you use 2 spaces to represent a column. Or 4. Or 8!
Jun
14
awarded  Critic
Apr
5
answered What are bit operators good for?
Apr
5
revised mercurial or tfs for codeplex?
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Apr
5
revised mercurial or tfs for codeplex?
added 402 characters in body
Apr
5
answered mercurial or tfs for codeplex?
Apr
5
comment mercurial or tfs for codeplex?
One thing to add about Mercurial: you can host on bitbucket then do hg push https://hg01.codeplex.com/projectname and you get the entire changeset history replicated. It's far easier to use for 1-5 man FOSS projects than TFS
Mar
30
awarded  Nice Question
Mar
21
comment Is the “One Description Table to rule them all” approch good?
Document databases like Amazon's SimpleDB, Couchdb and RavenDb take care of this kind of thing, sadly they're slow to take off
Feb
25
comment Harmful temptations in programming
re-phrase this to " We will come back and fix this next iteration " and it sounds so much more structured
Feb
10
awarded  Commentator
Feb
10
comment Does tweeting 9 to 5 hurt job applicants?
Miguel de Icaza has 18,000 followers and only manages about 30 a day (today), and most of those are single line replies. I'd say the candidate is using it as a chat room and not for the technical benefits it can give for news.
Feb
8
awarded  Good Answer
Feb
8
awarded  Nice Answer
Feb
1
comment Why is 2^16 a “special” number?
Is this an interview question from the 90s? 16 bits were special back then
Jan
11
awarded  Teacher
Jan
11
answered What programming skills have provided you the best return on investment?
Jan
11
comment Skeptic in a Scrum Team
Ahhh pair programming - that's where 1 guy reads a magazine while the other codes :)?
Jan
11
comment What are your experiences with off-shore or outsourced testing?
I'd like to point out in response to the ranty part, I am aware of most aspects of testing and realise it's a specialisation just like C++ or a DBA is. However for simple functional testing I was interested if you could get the very basic adhoc testing done "on the cheap". My question wasn't intended to imply testing can be done by any un-trained person