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I've been a software developer for a lot longer than I'm willing to admit. My current interests are C++ and Python on Windows, but I've been known to dabble in Linux and I try to be language agnostic when I can.

Aug
18
comment Should developers accept overtime/weekend work/denied bonus payments?
@dr jimbob, the problem is with the disconnect on "very well compensated employee" - many companies and managers are happy to think $70k puts you in that category.
Aug
10
comment Good design: How much hackyness is acceptable?
I found this today, makes a good follow-up to my previous comment: blog.businessofsoftware.org/2011/08/…
Aug
9
comment Good design: How much hackyness is acceptable?
I refuse to believe these are the only two extremes available. A little thought might turn up a third option that is better.
Aug
3
comment Why companies don't buy developers entertaining instruments?
I was lucky enough to work at a place with both a foosball table AND a ping pong table. How I miss those days.
Jul
19
comment Why don't all companies buy developers the best hardware?
@Michael Eakins, often the request must be part of a yearly budget so there's no way to soften the blow.
Jul
19
comment Why don't all companies buy developers the best hardware?
But the managers don't think of you as Danica Patrick, they think of you as the UPS delivery guy, and why do you need a new truck when the 5-year-old truck runs just fine?
Jul
18
comment Should curly braces appear on their own line?
@Bryan, I realize that this isn't very practical. I just thought it was a point of view that needed to be out there, stronger than just a comment. And I've never run into the problems caused by indentation that you imply, probably because I don't mix tabs and spaces.
Jun
9
comment Have you dealt with space hardening?
It can't be that hard, it isn't rocket science. Oh wait...
Jun
9
awarded  Nice Answer
May
18
comment Are there any famous one-man-army programmers?
After seeing his Linux that runs inside the browser, I had to give this a +1. bellard.org/jslinux
May
6
comment Extremely trivial C++ phone interview question
If you asked "What does malloc do" and they said "I don't know", maybe that would be a good thing.
May
6
answered Extremely trivial C++ phone interview question
May
2
answered Interesting variations of FizzBuzz?
May
2
answered Is “Hiring only the Best” a really practical advice for normal desktop application programming?
May
2
comment Is “Hiring only the Best” a really practical advice for normal desktop application programming?
@Developer Art, perhaps that was lucky for you? If you couldn't convince them of the wrongness of an interview question, imagine what troubles you would have on the job.
Jan
8
awarded  Commentator
Jan
7
comment If you were to build an app like Craigslist, would use an off-the-shelf framework or write your own?
@SODA, I was being a bit tongue in cheek, hoping you already knew what it meant. Basically I'm advising against building a Craigslist competitor unless you have some captive audience of users to cater to. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Network_effect
Jan
7
comment If you were to build an app like Craigslist, would use an off-the-shelf framework or write your own?
If I were to build an app like Craigslist I'd read up on something called the "network effect" before worrying about frameworks.
Dec
11
awarded  Quorum
Nov
22
comment Windows Azure vs Amazon EC2 vs Google App Engine
Ran across this today, someone was able to transition off of Google in a week. They also admit that it could have taken months if they hadn't used good practices from the beginning. carlosble.com/?p=719