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Coming off a time of experimental game designs, Java and PCG I'm now looking for work in Orange County, CA either in or out of the games business, please feel free to contact me if you have any referrals.

I'm a long time game programmer having worked on many shipped titles, a few AAA releases and one MMO so far. I'm a generalist and my credo has always been that if something needs doing to ship, I'll step up and learn what I need to to get it done.

-Patrick


Jul
10
comment Completing a project successfully despite hostile management?
You can't win. I have to agree with Pierre that it's time to become remorselessly logical, analyze the project goals and plan ahead so that you have facts and answers; and I suggest learning to speak manager-language so that when you have meetings you can show your concern for their problems in a way they understand.
Jul
10
comment Why do my java programs run faster in eclipse than in BlueJ?
Could be that since BlueJ is a teaching environment and not just a Java development studio it's doing a lot of extra things behind your back, too.
Jul
9
comment Options other than C for embedded projects? I hate the preprocessor
It could be worse, it could be assembly. What features are you "missing" from C, it could be that a dev environment extension (Eclipse plugin or visual studio automated steps) can help close the gap?
Jul
9
comment Whether to open-source gigantic idea
Not an answer, just a comment. If your idea is so gigantic, it will survive the test of time and therefore I suggest you keep it between you and your friends. As all the other answers have noted, no one is going to give free time to an idea without even a prototype.
Jul
9
awarded  Commentator
Jul
8
comment How long can it take for a screen to appear before it's considered a performance issue?
Never leave a user wondering if they just broke the software, even a small reminder window that pops up immediately with a predicted time to completion stops end-user anxiety and leaves them feeling in control.
Jul
8
answered Is it OK to reformat another developers code while modifying/adding to a module?
Jul
7
comment How do you handle multiple projects that form the same product(s)?
+1 for suggesting build automation and separate projects in version control.
Jul
7
comment Monitor screen size and programming ease
I work really well with two, medium resolution monitors. I use one for the running app (set horizontal) and the 2nd for the dev environment which I set vertical. Personal preference, really.
Jul
6
answered Original author rights in a licensed software project
Jul
6
comment Dealing with under performing co-worker
You're not ratting out an employee, that's childish and it's not "us versus them" with management, you're letting your manager know in factual terms that you have a problem that's causing you extra work and that you see that it might endanger deadlines in the future. Business is business as @Bernard says, keep to the facts and your boss will probably appreciate the heads-up.
Jul
6
comment New Team Lead - How to deal with a resentful former peer
Keep in mind that as lead, and therefore a company man, HR is on your side now. I agree with all comments that say to document everything but add for all team members so you can act impartially from the data gathered. And by "document" I mean tracking short, measurable goals you set out for everyone on the team combined with check-in rates and QA bug returns, etc...
Jul
6
answered Encompassing term for software and data in a system
Jul
6
answered Publish programming problems from interviews
Jun
27
answered What is the Best Way to Incentivize a Team of Developers?
Jun
27
answered TDD - what are the short term gains/benefits?
Jun
27
awarded  Supporter
Jun
27
answered Building a company and want to know how ethical to put samples from projects I did before on the new company website
Jun
26
comment How to convincing Programmers that 'being in the zone' [coding] isn't always beneficial for the project?
The author is describing "tunnel vision" and not "the zone," or "Flow" like Rei linked to which is an understandable mistake for an amateur psychologist. I agree with all comments that think the project lacks design/direction and that focusing on a straw man like Zone is simply hiding the core problem.
Jun
25
awarded  Teacher