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I'm a Software Developer and Consultant. I work for ThoughtWorks. I'm originally from South Africa, but I currently live in New York.


Jul
2
comment Vim key mappings / plugin XCode?
Works great! Thanks!
Aug
1
comment Pros and Cons of working Remotely/from Home
I guess that depends on your definition of 'meeting'. In my current team I haven't had a meeting in 3 months and I think this is probably the best team I've ever worked on
Jun
17
comment When deciding on whether or not to work for a new company, what are your dealbreakers?
Interesting you say that, because I never really care about this - it's pretty much impossible to enforce
Oct
20
comment What would be a few ideas/concepts from programming that I can have on paper and hang on a wall as art?
Haven't you seen the story of the 7-legged spider? It's really famous - it's somewhere on 27slashB
Oct
7
comment What are the criteria for evaluating an ORM for.NET?
Home-grown ORMs always suck. The best ones are always worse than the crappiest public ORMs.
Oct
7
comment Any other guides out there like Why's Guide to Ruby and Learn You Haskell?
Don't think starting with one language is necessarily better than another. You'll be fine with Ruby - can't go wrong there
Sep
29
comment What hat should a programmer not wear?
THIS. Seriously, just because I work ON computers doesn't mean I can fix infrastructure. You're just wasting your developers' time.
Sep
29
comment When deciding on whether or not to work for a new company, what are your dealbreakers?
Would this still apply to a startup? Many startups work crazy hours and they would probably tell you up-front that you may need to work 60 hours a week from time to time...
Sep
29
comment Why no client-side HTML include tag?
The <iframe> element basically says "load the specified html document and stick it here". You would choose it instead of ajax if you want the document to be loaded immediately, not on a javascript call... Frames are NOT windowing layout of HTML. Div, p, br - these are all elements used for layout. You don't use frames for layout (or you shouldn't anyways).
Sep
28
comment When deciding on whether or not to work for a new company, what are your dealbreakers?
Heh, so have you tried Windows 7? :-)
Sep
28
comment When deciding on whether or not to work for a new company, what are your dealbreakers?
@Josh: It's obviously a virus!
Sep
28
comment What would be a few ideas/concepts from programming that I can have on paper and hang on a wall as art?
Uhm yeah that's why I only put XKCD and The Oatmeal - they both have posters which you can buy!
Sep
27
comment Testing minor browser version compatibility
Writing Selenium code in a JUnit unit test is not unit testing. It's integration/system testing being run by a unit testing platform. Unit testing means you test a single unit of code in isolation, for example a single method on a single object. Browser testing is NOT unit testing.
Sep
27
comment Testing minor browser version compatibility
I think you're misunderstanding the concept of 'Unit testing'. Automated testing != Unit Testing.
Sep
26
comment Getting humiliated by your senior programmer
How do you deal with people who are really annoying?
Sep
26
comment If one is to learn a new programming language each year, what should the list be?
I don't really believe in this '1 language per year' thing, but I do think you should definitely know at least one compiled and one dynamic language
Sep
26
comment Why no client-side HTML include tag?
Yes that's exactly what an iFrame is for.
Sep
25
comment Why no client-side HTML include tag?
I disagree - I think that's exactly what frames do. What else are frames for except including more HTML?
Sep
24
comment Can I do anything to improve performance in VS 2010?
Think you need more than 2GB ram for VS 2010 - it's a memory monster
Sep
24
comment How do you decide what to work on in your own time?
Yeah Project Euler is a great way of learning new languages