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About me: I am a Germany-based Austrian / American freelance developer with 15 years of experience. I am 41 years old, married to a lovely German wife and father of three kids. I hold a 5h degree black belt in Taekwondo (Kukkiwon) and currently practice Shaolin Kungfu.

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Topics: Java, Spring, Wicket, Maven, Groovy, Guava, AspectJ

Humor: Programming Language Matrix (hilarious)


Nov
22
comment Will high reputation in Stack Overflow help to get a good job?
what's wrong with asking questions? a good question is at least as insightful as a good answer!
Nov
22
comment Will high reputation in Stack Overflow help to get a good job?
@Konrad almost anybody can get high rep if they put enough effort in it. I'd guess you got those job offers because your answers are very good (although the rep probably helped). But I doubt that someone who has 50k rep would automatically get job offers if he'd only given many mediocre answers (those do get rep after all).
Nov
22
comment Which things instantly ring alarm bells when looking at code?
about /dev/null: I have the habit, when developing on windows to keep apps and libs under c:\dev. Somehow, a folder null is always automatically created inside that folder. I swear I have no idea who does that. (One of my favorite bugs/features)
Nov
22
revised Which things instantly ring alarm bells when looking at code?
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Nov
22
comment The 10 minutes technical interview
If they're any good then the 10 minutes are up after question 2 :-)
Nov
22
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Nov
22
comment Will high reputation in Stack Overflow help to get a good job?
@Pierre303 hopefully I'll be there in a month or two, and then I'll tell you :-)
Nov
22
comment Will high reputation in Stack Overflow help to get a good job?
@Pierre303 and you don't even have to be a genius to get to page 100
Nov
22
comment What popular “best practices” are not always best, and why?
embrace Object Orientation when and only when it's useful. period. (PS: In my opinion it's nearly always useful, but opinions tend to differ :-))
Nov
22
answered What popular “best practices” are not always best, and why?
Nov
22
comment Will high reputation in Stack Overflow help to get a good job?
I would not agree to everybody on page 100 being great. I'm on page 16 and there are many people in that range whom I'd never hire. Perhaps having two gold tag badges for unrelated tags could be a sufficient indicator (I don't have any yet myself)? But apart from that I'd say: sure, it should be one of the things to put on a resume if you've got at least 10k rep. But hiring people for SO rep alone? Only the first 5 pages or so.
Nov
14
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Nov
12
comment What's your favourite quote about programming?
all your base 10 are belong to us
Nov
12
comment What's your favourite quote about programming?
sounds a bit like the monkey / typewriter rule to me...
Nov
12
answered Does giving a developer a slower development machine result in faster/more efficient code?
Nov
11
comment How do you interview someone with more experience than you?
@JBRWilkinson An experienced person will see the 'free consultancy' a mile off and this will harm negotiations. I strongly agree. The Free Consultancy scheme is awful and unfortunately not unheard of.
Nov
11
answered How do you interview someone with more experience than you?
Nov
11
comment How do you interview someone with more experience than you?
@Inaimathi this deserves 1000 upvotes :-)
Nov
11
comment How do you interview someone with more experience than you?
@Rachel how being interviewed by someone obviously their junior will affect the interview if they can't cope with that, they are no good
Nov
11
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