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May
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revised Simple explanation of Continuous Integration
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May
17
answered Simple explanation of Continuous Integration
May
15
awarded  Nice Answer
May
8
comment Etymology of “String”
THis reminds me of the process that turned "train of cars" where train was used like the train of a wedding dress, into just "train" as a form of transportation. The transition from "string of characters" to just "string" is the key
Apr
28
awarded  Nice Answer
Apr
2
revised Will the Facebook apps I build still be available if I deactivate my account?
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Mar
25
comment Might starting variables/members with an underscore puzzle the compiler?
@KChaloux if you think Microsoft's C++ compiler team, in existence for well over 20 years, established the rules about acceptable identifier names based on the habits of some folks on the C# team, you don't know how Microsoft works :-). Seriously, it's been 21 years since they released their first C++ compiler and these rules go back that far, or further into the original C compiler codebase.
Mar
25
comment Might starting variables/members with an underscore puzzle the compiler?
however in C++ (which this question is tagged) there are rules about the meaning of underscores at the beginning of a variable name that do not apply in C#. Not all C# coding standards and practices can safely be used in C++
Mar
25
comment Might starting variables/members with an underscore puzzle the compiler?
@BartvanIngenSchenau I agree with your reading of the standard but not with your conclusion. Many people find _limit etc to be useful, and I won't consider it an error
Mar
25
comment Might starting variables/members with an underscore puzzle the compiler?
your comments apply to the prefix of two underscores but not to a single underscore
Mar
25
answered Might starting variables/members with an underscore puzzle the compiler?
Mar
22
comment Why does Cem Kaner consider a test not revealing a bug a waste of time?
This answer correctly represents his position, but it's worth pointing out that plenty of people think his position is wrong. Given the choice between a test that demonstrates the most important function in the app works correctly (acceptance testing, if you will) and a test that finds a trivial bug (alignment off by one pixel) in a rarely used corner of the app, I know which I would choose in my limited time. And for the doctor analogy: if I am going FOR A CHECKUP rather than in response to symptoms, confirming heart is good, lungs are good etc etc is a fine outcome. So there.
Mar
17
revised Class of problems solvable by sed or stream editors
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Mar
6
revised Why do most issue tracking systems have only single status field?
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Mar
4
answered Why do most issue tracking systems have only single status field?
Feb
24
comment what to make of a Microsoft Most-Valued-Professional who believes that .NET types are either primitive or complex?
I removed the Microsoft-certifications tag. Being identified as an MVP is not a certification. It's also possible to be an MVP of something other than .NET programming, such as Windows itself, SQL, XBox, native C++, and so on.
Feb
24
revised what to make of a Microsoft Most-Valued-Professional who believes that .NET types are either primitive or complex?
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Feb
22
revised Why do large websites use different languages for the backend and frontend?
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Feb
16
comment Developed a web site - How to explain in an interview
There is nothing wrong with rehearsing several different answers to this question. One can be about a minute long, one about 5, and the other about 15. After the one minute answer, if the interviewer still looks interested or if they ask for more details, you can use one of your longer answers. But they would probably prefer to have a back-and-forth conversation where they say "how did you handle security?" and you tell them that part, then they say "did you integrate with social media?" and you tell them that part, etc, rather than a 15 minute speech.
Feb
16
answered Developed a web site - How to explain in an interview