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Once Upon a time a magical company called MagicDollars (for the sake of brevity for the rest of the answer we will refer to this company by its stock ticker M$) and this company made the most widely used, operating system, internet browser, office productivity suite, and various other products. M$ had this great idea to just integrate all of its software so that they would all work together seamlessly. This would be great for users of this software since this would make doing things like importing a webpage in a Ward processing (because in magicland we have wards instead of words) document, seemlessly and natively.

But this would evidently make the software too good. And we cant have people getting software that is too good. Because then if another company came along with their own version of good software people will be too dumb to install and use that if they have the already integrated versions that were included. So the Neanderthal Union decreed that M$ was using its magical abilities to make things too difficult for smaller developers to create super complex applications that they must give away for free. And said you will no longer make things work together seemlessly.

And instead of extending their middle wand to the NeU and saying fine we shall no longer make software that can be used in the NeU... M$ bowed before the luddites and said ok. So now you can not rename a file from inside of your office productivity suite in Magicland.


Dec
5
comment What is the standard term for my role?
Sounds like you are a horn tooter... For the IT Programming Support team you are that guy that keeps writing these crappy applications we will be expected to support... aka dbag. But all those tasks can be tossed into the lap of an admin assistant.
Dec
4
comment for vs. foreach vs. LINQ
if the question was some obscure technology I would agree. There is quite a bit of LINQ expertise on the web so even someone who does not understand it can probably figure it out with some good use of search engines.
Nov
6
answered Consultant in a firm that doesn't understand the tech!
Oct
31
comment The Written Roles of Chief Technology Officer
CTO is a business role not a technical role. So I think i would disagree with your assessment it's a logical ultimate career destination for programmers. Most programmers I have seen with ambition end up as an expert on some niche.
Sep
5
comment Is programming language that is non-visual … possible?
Technically they all convert to bits not text... This style is quite common in ETL programming.
Sep
5
comment Should I continue my self-taught coding practice or learn how to do coding professionally?
FYI this question was featured on Ars Technica
Aug
17
awarded  Enlightened
Aug
17
awarded  Nice Answer
Jul
26
comment Do you estimate all user stories in iteration zero?
We found keeping about 2 sprints worth of stories scored worked better for our small team. This allowed us some flexibility in when we played poker again. It is probably harder to do that if you have a team of more than 5 developers.
Jul
23
comment “Read” a file without using a file pointer
The correct answer is: "Hey look at the time I have an interview with a company that doesn't ask stupid useless trivia in their interview... I will call you."
Jul
17
comment View Source - is the Viewable markup important to you?
I would like to point out that I am not the only one who took offence to the comparison. Anyone who has used Assembly Language (probably as a form of torture) and Javascript gets why the analogy is horrible. It is like saying that the discovery of the Higg's boson is the same as the discovery of fire; they are totally different and comparing them as equals is stupid.
Jul
17
awarded  Enlightened
Jul
17
awarded  Nice Answer
Jul
10
comment Is it worth making a commit solely to resolve non-critical typos?
If the typo is consumer visible then yes... if you are fixing other developers comments then perhaps you should hold off.
Jul
10
answered What are the pre-requisites for writing .NET web services?
Jul
6
revised Sharing ideas without risk of leaking
added 4 characters in body
Jul
6
answered Sharing ideas without risk of leaking
Jul
6
comment Best practices for web page styling with CSS?
JqueryUI it provides a very nice customizable canned UI and functionality
Jul
6
comment Best practices for web page styling with CSS?
-1 for Most true web developers will be writing their own CSS and HTML from scratch. Why would you write your own if there is something out there already. Most developers I know borrow styles liberally from other sites and customize them.
Jul
5
comment Designing an email system to guarantee delivery
I am confused as to what you are asking. Are you wanting us to define your requirements?