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bio website careers.stackoverflow.com/…
location London, UK
age 32
visits member for 3 years, 3 months
seen Jul 7 at 16:32

British web developer working with HTML5, CSS3, PHP, jQuery. I feel equally at home on Mac, Windows and Linux.

Most of my projects involve things like small data collection forms, connecting with APIs. My guiding philosophy is pragmatism. I know that it's a rare project can follow every best practice. Instead, I try to do it so that it works, and then come back and fix it later.

I'm here on Stack Overflow to learn how to improve my communication skills - both hearing and telling. So please feel free to give me any feedback you think would help me.


Apr
16
comment Which skills would you look for in an offshore junior developer?
I'm pretty sure there's no mention of a family in the question...
Apr
15
comment Which skills would you look for in an offshore junior developer?
You don't necessarily need them to move country - perhaps I was vague, but I specifically meant getting them to work on the project in their own country. And besides, while a lot of people would not want to move short-term, I would guess that a lot of others (myself included) wouldn't mind an all-expenses-paid working holiday in another country.
Apr
14
comment Dealing with bad job description and interviewing applicants
Yeah, I find a lot of companies go with the theory that 'Programmers know lots about computers. You need to know lots about computers to be a network administrator. Therefore programmers are also network administrators'.
Apr
14
comment Licensing for code that I find in forums or on SO?
@DeanHarding Yes fair point, hadn't thought of that.
Apr
14
comment Dealing with bad job description and interviewing applicants
Sounds like they have time to be responsible for the coffee-machine as well.
Apr
14
awarded  Editor
Apr
14
revised Licensing for code that I find in forums or on SO?
added 105 characters in body
Apr
14
comment How can I get programmers to stop writing code vulnerable to SQL injection?
From a junior developer's point of view, just seeing $insecure_data raises a flag in a way that just seeing $postdata (or whatever) does not. The idea comes from Joel Spolsky's "Make wrong code look wrong". If the human nature of your developers is such to ignore that red flag, then you either need to provide a lot of training or get some new developers.
Apr
14
comment How can I get programmers to stop writing code vulnerable to SQL injection?
@RogerHalliburton Of course it doesn't solve everything, but it's a concept (a sort of design pattern, if you will) rather than a fully-fleshed out security measure to make insecure data look insecure.
Apr
14
comment Licensing for code that I find in forums or on SO?
@DeanHarding - oh I didn't know that. Just read about it here and here. So copyright statements are kind of like those pointless email footers then? -1 for me.
Apr
14
answered How can I get programmers to stop writing code vulnerable to SQL injection?
Apr
14
answered Which skills would you look for in an offshore junior developer?
Apr
14
answered Dealing with bad job description and interviewing applicants
Apr
14
answered Licensing for code that I find in forums or on SO?
Apr
14
answered What is the best setup for distributing a PHP application?
Apr
14
answered PHP Project deployment
Apr
14
awarded  Supporter
Apr
14
answered Light-weight visual requirements tool (combination of mockups and use cases)
Apr
14
awarded  Teacher
Apr
14
answered Should I choose Doctrine 2 or Propel 1.5/1.6, and why?