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Software developer, experienced in Java/Python/Groovy, formerly a professor of mathematics.

I currently work at Manta.com, as a search engineer.

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


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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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comment How old is “too old”?
Glad my experience was encouraging to you. I'm forty now, still really enjoy programming, and no longer have a junior salary. Hope it goes well with you.
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reviewed Approve suggested edit on How do I know if I'm violating MVVM with WPF?
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comment What are the advantages of Maven when it comes to single man, educational projects
Agreed, I was steering clear of Ant vs Maven, but I prefer Maven for that reason.