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Software developer, experienced in Java and Python in Linux environments, formerly a professor of mathematics.

I currently work at Elsevier, as a search engineer.

I'm a father of five children, and a husband of one wife.


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comment Is there a viable alternative to the agile development methodology?
I meant that I hadn't encountered them in the real world. All sorts of things are out there on the interwebs, but I'm not going to start hunting them down now just because I happened to ask a question back in 2010.
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comment Is there a viable alternative to the agile development methodology?
I wasn't disingenuous. After five years of development in a variety of companies, I've only encountered two, and one is only named as a perjorative. Spiral? Never heard of it.
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comment How to explain a layperson why a developer should not be interrupted while neck-deep in coding?
@Spoike Not if IM is also being used for work, as is common.
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comment Java devs: why not use Groovy?
@NimChimpsky Many find Groovy (or Ruby or Python) allow for quicker development of non-performance intensive tasks. It's clear that you don't want to see that. It's not clear why you have re-opened this conversation after nearly three years. If it is fastest for you to do everything with Java/Eclipse, then by all means go for it. I won't feel like I'm responsible for justifying the existence of scripting languages, or coming up with the example that satisfies you. Goodbye.
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comment Java devs: why not use Groovy?
@NimChimpsky It's true that IDE support for groovy is not as strong, IntelliJ IDEA is pretty good, Eclipse is OK. If you prefer doing these sorts of tasks in Java, then I will never try to dissuade you. I prefer Python, Ruby, Groovy, any scripting language with a REPL for such things. Different strokes for different folks.
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comment Java devs: why not use Groovy?
From a URL, download the html (or XML or JSON) and parse for particular fields, and print to a file. This is about 10 lines of Groovy, and painful in Java. An example: ibm.com/developerworks/java/library/j-pg05199
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