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bio website nickchaves.com
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Web software engineer.

Server (Java, PHP) and UI (JS, CSS)

Designer and photographer on the side.

I'm a serial user of the double __ space after a period — even though people tell me it's obsolete in the computer-world, I can't shake the habit from my 7th grade typing class.

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Sep
21
awarded  Editor
Sep
21
revised How do you ensure your product meets basic usability guidelines?
Small wording changes
Sep
21
answered How do you ensure your product meets basic usability guidelines?
Sep
21
answered When programming for a new platform, do you change the keyboard mapping to what you're familiar with?
Sep
20
comment Do people in non-English-speaking countries code in English?
Did you pick a particularly confusing code sample, or a representative one? :)
Sep
17
answered What are the key differences between software engineers and programmers?
Sep
17
comment “Comments are a code smell”
+1 To any dev who hasn't been working on a single project long enough to experience this, believe me it will happen. Anytime I learn this the hard way and have to relearn my own code, I don't let myself make the same mistake twice and comment it before I move on to something else.
Sep
17
comment “Comments are a code smell”
@back2dos Great comment
Sep
17
awarded  Teacher
Sep
17
awarded  Commentator
Sep
17
comment Are innovative programming languages too dangerous?
Good point, jQuery is another great example - there are probably as many jQuery questions on SF as JS. Some of them coming from people who don't even know JavaScript. Yes, it's just a framework, but the way it is used is almost like a different language.
Sep
16
awarded  Student
Sep
16
comment When can you call yourself good at language X?
@John MacIntyre - That link makes the standard "Not found" error message seem prophetic: "The Q&A site timetravel.stackexchange.com doesn't exist…yet."
Sep
16
comment “Comments are a code smell”
I'm going to upvote any answer that says "no".
Sep
16
asked Are innovative programming languages too dangerous?
Sep
16
comment Worst coding standard you've ever had to follow?
That may be bad teaching to require that without explaining good commenting, but I've had several cases where logic-heavy code I wrote justified comments on nearly every line (esp. Javascript). Not so much "Set x to 3" as "3 is the ID for html element nodes" or instead of "if x is greater than 2", "if we have more than 2 elements we want to hide the rest"
Sep
16
awarded  Critic
Sep
16
awarded  Supporter