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bio website bitterolives.blogspot.com
location Lilbourn, MO
age 71
visits member for 3 years, 10 months
seen May 26 at 11:39
A generalist. Or, better put, jack of all trades, master of none.

Aug
21
awarded  Nice Question
Jun
28
comment How to recognize a good programmer?
@HLGEM Every decent hiring process bases itself on losing lots of good candidates, the point is making sure that no bad candidate passes through.
Jun
26
comment Is “funny commenting” a bad practice or not?
Do not put line numbers, use "search for <whatever>" instead where <whatever> is itself a comment.
Oct
11
comment Is web application startup time really that important?
If possible, evaluate the option of doing a "mock" init, or of having the structures serialized to disk with test data to accelerate startup times during development.
Oct
11
comment How to convince a teammate, who sees oneself as senior, to learn SVN conceptual basics?
Get the free "Version Control By Example" book and give it as a gift to him. ericsink.com/entries/vcbe_print_edition_free.html
Oct
7
comment Why the scorn for COBOL?
@jonsca: be filled with gotos. start: Those programs will also goto :
Sep
16
awarded  Yearling
Aug
7
awarded  Citizen Patrol
Aug
2
comment What can multiple threads do that a single thread cannot?
This answer is so 1985...
Jul
31
answered Are there any real benifits to a DAO layer?
Jul
26
comment How analysis is different from design?
@S.Lott: You know you can stop writing Python when writing English, don't you?
Jul
26
comment What is each time through a loop called?
@quickly_now: I disagree, I haven't had your experience with the word pass as a synonym for iteration.
Jul
26
awarded  Critic
Jul
26
comment What is each time through a loop called?
Or worse: A pass might usually include millions of iterations of twenty six different loops
Oct
28
comment Fix bugs, or wait for the customer to find them?
@Helper Method: Although, more seriously, if it was really three minutes this looks like the testers didn't know what were the real use cases expected by the customer.
Oct
28
comment Fix bugs, or wait for the customer to find them?
@Helper Method: Maybe if you had tested it like sane people it would've been better.
Oct
27
comment “Overtime is part of the job” true but a bad attitude?
Yay, I gave @Pierre the gold badge! :-)
Oct
26
awarded  Commentator
Oct
21
awarded  Supporter
Oct
20
awarded  Editor