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Software Engineer & Architect & Evangelist & Pundit & Skeptic

Started with Unix in 1984. I have no recollection of what version but was labeled IBM, maybe a Unix-style shell on mainframe?, then to C64 (all BASIC line editing by LIST and using the up key), Apple ][ (who didn't?), Windows, Linux and AIX in 1993, OS/400 in 1997. Back on Windows now as a client only to my Linux boxen in the "cloud."

Under my own revolution a little now in that I'm starting to be OK with Windows as the server. With a decent shell and vi, it works for me (gasp).


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awarded  Nice Answer
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awarded  Nice Answer
Mar
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comment Why job postings always looking for “rockstars?”
+1 for the historical paragraph (please add reference?) but -1 for thinking that programmers should betray the established methodologies of those for whom they work?
Mar
24
awarded  Popular Question
Mar
22
awarded  Nice Answer
Mar
10
comment What are the benefits of using database abstraction by ORM?
@sunwukung, I did not always agree, but I do now believe that SQL should be considered a 1st-class logic layer, not just something that is used as a wire protocol.
Feb
24
awarded  Good Question
Feb
24
comment What programming languages should every computer science student be taught?
A great job is a side-effect of a CS degree. A CS degree is for just that, knowledge of computational theory. I could easily have obtained a better job in vocational schooling instead of busting my head in maths & CS for all those years.
Feb
24
comment What programming languages should every computer science student be taught?
+1 for listing SQL. At least you're thinking of relational algebra.
Feb
24
comment What programming languages should every computer science student be taught?
+1 for PostScript.
Feb
24
comment What programming languages should every computer science student be taught?
@Aidan Cully - pseudo-code is of course not a single formal syntax. The concepts in CS are what is important and should transcend present or future programming languages.
Feb
24
comment What roles do people take after scrum master/technical lead?
Most people in most businesses do need to worry about their title (and value) for career growth.
Feb
24
awarded  Pundit
Feb
24
comment What programming languages should every computer science student be taught?
Psuedo-code should be sufficient for CS.
Feb
24
awarded  Nice Question
Feb
24
comment Why job postings always looking for “rockstars?”
Interesting take.
Feb
23
awarded  Civic Duty
Feb
23
comment Why job postings always looking for “rockstars?”
@Jerry Coffin, I think that's a valid question too = do you put "rockstar" on your résumé?
Feb
23
comment Why job postings always looking for “rockstars?”
@Jonathan Khoo - Even within this community: careers.stackoverflow.com/jobs?searchTerm=rockstar
Feb
23
answered Is Prolog professionally useful?