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Arcane Ingenuity. On Twitter.

Disjunction - a realtime MVC framework for C & JS.

For now, arcaneingenuity at gmail.

  • App architecture
  • Algorithm design
  • Procedural world generation
  • Dynamic narrative
  • Rendering & Computational geometry
  • Tech: OpenGL, WebGL, C, JS, HTML5, Unity, C#, C++, Java, Flash, Box2D, PhysX, sockets, node.js.

Jan
26
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
26
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
26
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
26
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
26
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.
Jan
26
revised In a legacy codebase, how do I quickly find out what is being used and what isn't?
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Jan
26
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Jan
26
asked In a legacy codebase, how do I quickly find out what is being used and what isn't?
Jan
13
answered How to avoid “DO YOU HAZ TEH CODEZ” situations?
Dec
15
comment Do TODO comments make sense?
Yep, given a listing in your IDE, they are helpful. I would say they're of very limited use otherwise, since the codebase may be enormous.
Dec
14
comment How do quick & dirty programmers know they got it right?
This is definitely the most insightful answer here. Thanks for sharing.
Sep
2
comment Would you put your stackoverflow profile link on your CV / Resume?
Agreed. I actually looked up this question because I was considering it myself. I've since gone ahead and put my gamedev.stackexchange profile on my resume (I'm in the top 30 or so users on that subsite). Re recruiters, you're spot on, but I've enough breadth of skills that my CV is likely to wind up on someone's desk, and that someone is likely to be a tech lead of some sort. I put it at the top of the CV, with eg. my skype and LinkedIn. The contract I've just signed isn't games-related, but I don't doubt it will carry some serious weight for the next such contract that comes up.
Sep
2
comment Would you put your stackoverflow profile link on your CV / Resume?
Yeah, that's what I'm saying. Using him as an example of the value of stackoverflow participation probably doesn't make sense in relation to the rest of us. The point is he probably probably produces more value when he breaks wind than the rest of us do in 6 months of crunch time. Tech directors likely worship statuettes of him, carved from precious materials, in dark corners of company HQ. He almost certainly groks at least 80% of the inner workings of the universe. And still has time to spend on stackoverflow.
Aug
29
comment What are the most common algorithms in the field of computational geometry?
Since you were the only one who answered this question before it got closed, guess you are the winner!
Aug
29
accepted What are the most common algorithms in the field of computational geometry?
Aug
29
revised What are the most common algorithms in the field of computational geometry?
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Aug
29
comment What are the most common algorithms in the field of computational geometry?
Thanks, I'm well aware of the rules of stack exchange. However I am asking what is in widespread use, which I think is a solid enough basis for a question.
Aug
29
asked What are the most common algorithms in the field of computational geometry?
Aug
27
answered Should a competent programmer be able to come up with his own shortest path algorithm?
Aug
13
comment Would you put your stackoverflow profile link on your CV / Resume?
Yes; BUT he is... Jon Skeet. Not everyone is!