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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


Oct
12
answered For performance critical situations is storing file metadata in a database better?
Oct
11
comment What Java client+server stack to allow async client info popups and responses?
@MartijnVerburg That book gets some pretty nice reviews. It won't help me directly with my question but it just might help me design the infrastructure that my eventual solution works within. Thanks =)
Oct
10
comment Are there any real-world cases for C++ without exceptions?
All great examples of tightly controlled runtime environments where errors are handled properly and there are no "exceptional" events.
Oct
8
comment Could it be more efficient for systems in general to do away with Stacks and just use Heap for memory management?
On many CPUs the stack is handled in hardware, which is an issue outside language but it plays a big part at run time.
Oct
8
asked What Java client+server stack to allow async client info popups and responses?
Oct
5
comment Which platform to choose, Java or .NET?
+1 For the best, most concise answer to any question I've read in a long while.
Sep
22
comment Planning Poker and wordy developers
It also helps if preliminary work on the stories is pushed out early, then technical design preliminaries can be done "offline" from the meeting itself. Poker is not the place to hash out solutions, you're wasting an entire department's time. Another idea would be to add "design this stuff" as a story gating an early timebox of "implement this stuff." Next round get real estimates for the implementation.
Sep
21
comment Java/C# - When should AOT be considered if reverse engineering is a concern?
Moral of this story is: you can't protect anything that exists on the end user's computer. The worst case scenario is that you try to protect your code and inconvenience the end user, oops you just lost a customer to a competitor who has made the user experience his priority and gained a bad reputation.
Sep
21
answered How can I organize my implementation notes to use as a future reference?
Sep
15
awarded  Nice Answer
Aug
27
comment Performance vs. Laziness: Why use setters from within a class?
You're forgetting that the set() function may actually DO something, if you start poking at variables directly they may bite back. You're also forgetting that nothing is an optimization problem until it's measured and found to be a problem.
Aug
19
comment Why isn't Java used for modern web application development?
Since I'm studying Java right now I'd really like to see some studies or developer blogs that show hard numbers for these guaranteed poor performances from Java installations.
Aug
19
comment How do I get a job as a game developer?
For some, the act of building the game is the game ;-)
Aug
14
comment What would motivate you to do free programming work for work after work?
You are not old and cynical, companies of any size can't value extra work on side projects when money is on the line. If you had more effort to give, why did you not put that effort into the core projects? And if the idea was great, why did you not propose that it be added to the regular development cycle? That's how companies think.
Aug
14
comment What would motivate you to do free programming work for work after work?
Google, theoretically, expects that 20% time to be part of the regular work week; it is not free and after-hours work. Bad example to use, but I've observed that your point about recognition is often very true.
Aug
10
comment Do I have the wrong idea about software engineering?
+1 for bringing project constraints into the discussion, to anyone coming from academia encountering real world constraints is often a splash of cold water on the face =)
Aug
10
comment Why (not) segmentation?
@Martin Beckett lmao =) I'm with ya on that, brother.
Aug
9
answered Is exception handling a cross-cutting concern?
Jul
30
comment Modules already committed, client doesn't pay, what should I do?
Not being a lawyer, but in the US a verbal contract is still enforceable. Of course it's probably going to cost more to enforce than what you'll recoup, unless the dollar amount puts you in small claims court and you do the work yourself.
Jul
28
comment best way to “introduce” OOP/OOD to team of experienced C++ engineers
Are you their supervisor or boss in any way? If not, do you have support of the technical director who is the boss of all of you? If you're just one of the guys and development has been steady and productive for years without using deep OOP designs then you're in for an uphill battle to convince programmers that working code doesn't work and management that you're not wasting money better spent generating code.