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bio website handcraftedgames.com
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Rabidly inventive game designer & developer.


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comment How to be a zero-bug programmer?
+1. In the words of Twisted Sister, What you don't know sure can hurt you / What you can't see makes you scream.
Jan
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comment Maintaining good form while learning new technologies
@JimG., Why develop if you do not enjoy what you do, and if you cannot introduce better practices where things are clearly a slog? I do not see inefficiencies as inevitable. As a mid 30's, long-time freelance dev working in games, mobile and web (the latter two to make a living, the former because it has always been my passion), not a "young developer" as you snidely suggest, I question because I choose to improve. I did not upvote your answer because you assume too much. Know your audience before assuming age / experience; my gamedev SE profile is considerably higher ranked than your SO one.
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Sep
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comment Maintaining good form while learning new technologies
Not sure why someone else chose to downvote this, I actually think it's a very good answer, even if it is only part of the bigger picture. Thanks Jeff.
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asked Maintaining good form while learning new technologies
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Jan
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comment How can we inspire “hacker” culture?
I... really don't see the connection between commoditisation and hacking, I'm sorry. I doubt others will, either, because it's not clear what goal your question has. Why would you want to "inspire" hacker culture? Your tastes are your tastes, not all of us want to be hackers!
Jan
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awarded  Nice Question
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accepted In a legacy codebase, how do I quickly find out what is being used and what isn't?
Jan
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comment In a legacy codebase, how do I quickly find out what is being used and what isn't?
Yeah, I don't think it's as clear cut as that, though that book looks worth reading. It does depend very much on the size/complexity of the codebase, and warm bodies available to do the work.
Jan
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comment In a legacy codebase, how do I quickly find out what is being used and what isn't?
+1 This is a fantastic answer. Where's that +5 button gotten to...
Jan
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comment In a legacy codebase, how do I quickly find out what is being used and what isn't?
+1. In response to Joel's comment, "It bloody well shouldn't be." Because I don't see the problem as inherent. I see it as being partly the fact that many people write shoddy code and don't care, while many others write reasonably good code but live by the "self-documenting code" concept... which is just plain BS: One may flatter one's own coding style all one wishes in privacy, but when it comes to public codebases just spawn comments like there's no tomorrow. Doesn't hurt. And finally there are people who have to get things working in a legacy codebases, on a tight time budget.
Jan
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comment In a legacy codebase, how do I quickly find out what is being used and what isn't?
@Oded Rename is definitely easier than trial-and-error deletion! Good thinking there. That's one more tool in the box.
Jan
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comment In a legacy codebase, how do I quickly find out what is being used and what isn't?
Thanks. Although your answer's somewhat Java specific, it's interesting to see your layered approach... peeling the onion, so to speak. Something to think about.
Jan
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comment In a legacy codebase, how do I quickly find out what is being used and what isn't?
@jcmeloni No, I'm not being paid for the evaluation. But in my experience, and from small things I have picked up in the last couple of days, they don't have anyone else at the table right now. My skillset is fairly unusual, so I'm even more at ease that they don't have anyone else competing for it, based on the quote. The actual quote in question is from my client-to-be to their client, who is planning to re-award them the contract. Really from my end, I am meant to assist them in providing said quote. HTH.
Jan
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comment In a legacy codebase, how do I quickly find out what is being used and what isn't?
Ordinarily I'd be 100% with you on the toss-and-rewrite approach. But in this instance (and at least for now), I am to be paid just for work to maintain the site, rather than a more extensive overhaul which would take several weeks. Also, even if I wanted to right now, I couldn't keep up with doing that and holding down the other contracts I have on the go, since my weekly availability for this is explicitly limited -- my primary contract must be fulfilled to its 40 hour weekly minimum.