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bio website alanbarber.com
location Columbus, OH
age 33
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I'm an Application Developer, Web Developer, Database Developer & occasional Database Administrator. I specialize in Microsoft .Net Software Development with a focus on SQL Server Database Design and Administration, but I have worked with both hardware and software throughout my career.


Apr
7
awarded  Yearling
Apr
7
awarded  Yearling
Apr
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comment What's the best practice for naming uploaded images?
If your goal is to store only one profile picture per user, some would say the obvious choice would be name the file the same as the users id.
Feb
19
awarded  Caucus
Oct
9
answered I seem to be missing a few important concepts with PhoneGap
Aug
17
revised SQL Server 2000 vs 2008 Express?
previous editor reversed a statement from can to can't not understanding what i meant. expanded sentence to clarify.
Aug
16
awarded  Editor
Aug
16
revised SQL Server 2000 vs 2008 Express?
added 408 characters in body
Aug
16
answered SQL Server 2000 vs 2008 Express?
Aug
14
comment Is it a good idea to install Mercurial on your server and hg pull to deploy?
It's a process that many do and infact considered "normal" enough that Microsoft now has built in support to do Git (with hg support possible in the future) based deployes to their Azure service.
Aug
9
answered Does continuous integration involve automatic merging between branches?
Aug
2
comment Should Agile teams deliver new features daily?
Which is fine, agile/scrum just says it will deliver potentially shippable code at the end of the sprint, not even new features! Many places have entire sprints where it's just improving performance or cleaning up code. Any place that expects you to have a new feature done each day is abusing scrum to take advantage of you.
Aug
2
answered Should Agile teams deliver new features daily?
Jul
25
comment Are unit tests really that useful?
I would suggest visiting DimeCasts.Net and watching their video series on Unit Tests and Mocking. You will learn a lot by seeing code in action.
Jun
20
comment Should a software developer get a yearly equipment budget?
@warren to clarify, i'm a consultant. They let us use our own personal laptops for project work, unless we work onsite for a client that provides us the hardware. Part of the perks package is to give you $1000 for your personal laptop.
Jun
20
comment Should a software developer get a yearly equipment budget?
There is no standard, some companies provide budgets others don't. I've worked for both, I'm currently at a place that will buy you a new laptop and cover up to $1000 and pull the rest out of your paycheck over the next 12 month to pay the rest.
Jun
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awarded  Constituent
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awarded  Caucus
May
21
comment How do companies keep websites hidden when in development?
If you want to do full local php development take a look at easyphp.org it's simple installer that will get Apache Web Server, MySQL db and PHP installed and configed on your windows desktop.
Apr
7
awarded  Yearling