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May
23
comment Who was the first programmer?
I vote for counting Jacquard.
May
21
comment Is inconsistent formatting a sign of a sloppy programmer?
@Izkata I would guess that most modern IDE's have the equivalent. Only went with VS since the question was tagged such.
May
21
comment Is inconsistent formatting a sign of a sloppy programmer?
"so easy to fix" Ctrl-K, Ctrl-D "there is no excuse for failing to doing so" +10
May
11
comment Have there been attempts to make object containers that search for valid programs by auto wiring compatible components?
@AaronAnodide in addition to GAs, see Agents and the Semantic Web", as originally envisioned, is a system that enables machines to "understand" and respond to complex human requests based on their meaning."
May
11
comment Have there been attempts to make object containers that search for valid programs by auto wiring compatible components?
@CharlesE.Grant I believe that genetic algorithms are at least a significant portion of the answer to this OPs question. I have seen them used, in toy fashion at least, to put together very small sections of code, I do not recall if it was at the block, function, or line level, but in a way nearly identical to what the OP asked. I implore you to post GAs as an answer without too many caveats.
May
11
comment How should I build the data structure for a dynamic, unlimited-size “maze”?
@CrazyEddie wouldn't a Directed Graph do that?
May
11
comment How should I build the data structure for a dynamic, unlimited-size “maze”?
@MarkBooth but then we've changed the requirements, no?
May
11
awarded  Talkative
May
11
comment The Programmers Bill of Responsibilities
@ThomasOwens strongly disagree that "This question is not a good fit to our Q&A format." This has already generated an answer regarding developer testing, development methodologies, freelancing and business concerns, quality assurance and software engineering, really starting to be uncertain why we even have this site if questions like the above keep getting closed.
May
10
comment Should we always unit test bugs when correcting them?
I would add more emphasis to this and state that in an ideal world it would only be considered a bug if a failing unit test exists, but +1 for the italics and noting that business needs should prevail.
May
4
comment The modern way to perform error handling…
@DeadMG From the msdn article linked in my comment The OS unhandled exception filter (UEF) mechanism may not always result in triggering the CLR's unhandled exception processing. so I would say that you only think that you know. You argued that it went down the stack, Andy says it goes up the stack, so which is it?
May
3
comment The modern way to perform error handling…
@DeadMG In C#, at least, that only holds when catching them. Throwing exceptions causes your code to exit at that point and go somewhere else. If you throw an unhandled exception then you immediately move up the stack and have no idea where the code will begin executing again. Unhandled Exception Processing In The CLR. But, also note that I only posted the article in favor of challenging the assumption that Favour exceptions over error codes was the only way to go, not to agree with Joel.
May
3
comment The modern way to perform error handling…
See Joel on Exceptions for another vote to negate the assumption.
Apr
26
comment How to talk about anonymous methods/lambdas
+1 If we are talking about .NET, I'd read it as "A and B goes to A times B" from the link the lambda operator =>, which is read as "goes to"
Apr
26
comment Steps for moving towards continuous delivery?
What environment is this for? That would help direct you to specific resources.
Apr
24
comment How to be a successful programmer without a CS degree
+1 Finally an answer to the question.
Apr
19
comment does one method overload an other, or are both methods “overloaded”
I agree with this as the answer to the general question above. But if one called one of the functions from the other, then I perceive a sense in which one overloaded the other.
Apr
19
awarded  Citizen Patrol
Apr
19
comment Are there guidelines on how many parameters a function should accept?
-1 for not quoting the source
Apr
10
comment Function like C# properties?
@svick I think you should edit your answer above to include the comment here.