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Software developer. Mostly Java, Objective-C and Python with occasional Haskell and, reluctantly, PHP.

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Jan
12
answered Which Project hosting service (Like google code, github) you will prefer to use? And Why?
Dec
26
awarded  Good Answer
Dec
22
comment What is ant build file and maven build file?
The tools provide the functionality (e.g. compilation, archiving, running unit tests) and the XML files define how this functionality is used.
Dec
22
revised What is ant build file and maven build file?
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Dec
22
answered What is ant build file and maven build file?
Dec
18
awarded  Populist
Dec
18
comment Which things instantly ring alarm bells when looking at code?
The flipside of this is people who slavishly follow "best practices" without any critical thought as to why something is a "best practice". This is why I strongly dislike the term "best practice", because for some people it's an excuse to stop thinking and follow the herd. "Because it's best practice" is never an acceptable answer to the question "why are you doing this?" If you can't articulate why something is a best practice, then it's not a best practice, it's a superstition.
Dec
11
awarded  Quorum
Nov
28
awarded  Great Answer
Nov
8
answered What core principles would you want in a library?
Nov
5
comment What is Java used for these days?
It's very rarely used for consumer desktop applications, but there are still lots of in-house desktop applications and trading system front ends written in Swing.
Oct
26
answered Are Java applets worth learning?
Oct
26
comment “Overtime is part of the job” true but a bad attitude?
@glenatron That's the case in the UK due to John Major's opt-out from the Working Time Directive. In the rest of the EU I think it doesn't matter whether the employee agrees or not, 48 hours is the maximum.
Oct
26
comment “Overtime is part of the job” true but a bad attitude?
@Vatine It's the same here in the UK.
Oct
26
revised “Overtime is part of the job” true but a bad attitude?
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Oct
26
answered “Overtime is part of the job” true but a bad attitude?
Oct
21
awarded  Good Answer
Oct
19
awarded  Nice Answer
Oct
5
comment What features are vital for good bug tracking software?
When a bug is created it's assigned to the default person who decides what to do with it (could be the project lead or project manager).
Oct
5
answered What features are vital for good bug tracking software?