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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
18
comment Building a company and want to know how ethical to put samples from projects I did before on the new company website
I was thinking, however, that you could probably video capture your website work in action without actually having to host from live data. But I side with advice that hiring an Intellectual Property lawyer for 30 minutes to answer all your questions will save you from worrying every day =) That and simply asking for permission for that kind of recorded presentation, that's a great idea.
Jul
17
answered Application design question regarding saving files
Jul
17
comment Should sales staff interfere in application analysis and design?
Then politely remind the Sales Manager / PO to use the process and remind him that all changes take time away from the total schedule. If your PO squanders the team's time with wasteful revisions the documentation will show that in short order. The PO doesn't need technical expertise because the members of the scrum set the schedules for each task, tackling them in priority order.
Jul
17
comment Should sales staff interfere in application analysis and design?
A big +1 for this answer. There is a natural planning cycle to Scrum/agile development and writing individual defects not only gets them prioritized properly but if the sales manager gets mad/annoyed at having to write individual defects then he Might get the idea that each one takes time to implement against the total schedule =)
Jul
17
comment How should older programmers respond when interviewed
For the "we tend to work pretty late" I pull out a calculator and we figure out that at 12 hour days with the occasional weekend day he's making approximately as much per hour as a cook at McDonalds.
Jul
17
comment Interview Assignment: Production, Bug-free, or Bells & Whistles?
Bonus point for quoting Saint-Ex to highlight your message, and a very good message it is.
Jul
17
comment How should older programmers respond when interviewed
In the USA, with the wording, you also could initiate legal action for discrimination. Never threaten, that's a waste of time.
Jul
16
comment How do you organize your MVC framework while supporting modules/plugins?
Truly, back ends aren't like client-side apps that need to start up quickly, they can take the time needed to configure the run time properly. Good point.
Jul
16
comment Why do people still say Java is slow?
@Thorbjørn Ravn Andersen I really wish I could give you a +1 for that observation.
Jul
15
answered Can initial inefficient solutions INSPIRE better ones and thus lead to faster problem solving?
Jul
15
comment Helping a new programmer become more self-proficient and not ask me so much?
Awesome, train him how to find the answers and simultaneously approve of how he found them so he knows it's OK and expected. Your new guy will be a lot less nervous.
Jul
15
comment Are “Proactive” designs on new projects useful?
As a side note, "proactive" is not a word anyone will recognize. Terms that will show up on searches are words like: BDUF, Waterfall, maybe Spiral, there's a ton of dismissive mention of this in the Agile cult, and supporters in large/corporate groups that design to meet a predetermined feature set.
Jul
15
comment Are “Proactive” designs on new projects useful?
What you reference in #1 is called a vertical slice, a coherent but minimal implementation that acts as proof of concept. If you insert "integrate feedback from the people who are paying for the software into your design" at #3.5 you're pretty close to Scrum/Agile like I've used.
Jul
14
comment How to know if two images are the same?
This technique of thumbnails to pre-select potential matches is valid, YUV is a nice touch and I've seen it turned to a pure luminance map for the same reasons.
Jul
13
answered Dangers of huge monolithic application
Jul
13
comment Dangers of huge monolithic application
You're assuming an awful lot about the runtime hardware and OS environment, especially when firware and embedded devices are involved.
Jul
13
answered Is there an open source license for this?
Jul
13
comment What is the regarded current best practises regarding the “this” keyword in front of field and methods in c#?
Great point about the junior coders.
Jul
13
comment What naming Convention to Use for C# Function Parameters
Whatever other answers you get below, there's a little tool to analyze and enforce stylistic rules: archive.msdn.microsoft.com/sourceanalysis
Jul
12
comment Hiring Developers - Securing Source Code
I'd have recommended criminal prosecution, but that's a great example of both the dreaded consequence and solution to prevent it.