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Consultant, developer, mentor, author, speaker. C++ and .NET, Windows 7, Sharepoint, whatever else I like.

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answered Best way to relearn C++?
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revised Is mentioning my blog on my resume helpful or hurtful to a job search?
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answered What does an MSDN subscription offer?
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answered Is mentioning my blog on my resume helpful or hurtful to a job search?
Oct
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answered What can I do if my boss is asking about my program every hour?
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comment Rigorous Definition of Syntactic Sugar?
Operator overloading is not syntactic sugar. It is what enables C++ to have templates that work for both fundamental types (eg int) and my own classes.
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revised Would you allow your programmers to use Messenger and social networks like Facebook?
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revised Should I learn java for mobile application development or will C# just do?
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answered Should I learn java for mobile application development or will C# just do?
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answered How to deal with customers who don't understand the complexity of their requests?
Oct
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comment Do speakers get paid for tech talks?
In my experience the compensation package doesn't depend on your known-name factor (precons aside) but the go/no-go does. At some really small conferences, the lesser-known speakers may do MORE talks, since they need to justify their travel cost with more benefit, while the more-known speakers may do only one. At others, the better known you are the more sessions you do. It's hard to know from the outside.
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answered Methodologies of a high class development team
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comment How do you deal with teachers teaching the wrong stuff?
also, don't get too worked up about asides. If you're doing compiler design, and the prof makes some inaccurate statements about say public transport, or the best colour pen for taking notes, you can let them go by, right? If the material you disagree about is directly relevant, by all means clarify. Like "are you mentioning a difference for OO languages, or for interpreted languages? Where would C++ fit into this?". He may just say OO when he means Java. Getting clarification may help you both. (Keep in mind though he is unlikely to go home and edit the midterm questions.)
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comment How do you respond to “Tell me a little bit about yourself.” question in interviews?
It is also part of the ritual script of interviews along with "so you had no trouble finding us then?" and "how about this rain/snow/heat eh?" and so serves to anchor the participants and reassure both parties that you are, in fact, holding a job interview.