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location Portland, OR
age 33
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seen Jul 22 at 17:46
In search of web standards, premium salmon nigiri, and universal usage of the Oxford Comma.

Jul
31
comment Contract-to-hire - determining rate?
FWIW, this turned out great. I was able to work for a few months before committing to moving my family 2200 miles across the country. So when I did make that decision, I knew what I was getting into, and I love the job.
Jul
7
comment Contract-to-hire - determining rate?
Meaning the contract work should be almost double the salary, or did you just miss a "2" in there somewhere? (There are 2080 work hours in a year)
Mar
5
comment Nervous about the “real” world
@Ed: yeah, I personally don't understand why anyone would want to program kernels ;) I'm just glad there are a lot of shoes to fill in the CS world.
Mar
5
comment Nervous about the “real” world
@Ed -- I completely disagree. I hated assembly in college (and even Unix at the time, because my college courses never properly familiarize me with its advantages). But I have done higher-level development for years and love it. By your logic, the same thing could be said of a developer who hates dealing with UI, because so much software needs to be put in front of the end user.
Feb
10
comment Is software development a field suitable for people who have unconventional methods of solving problems?
+10, if I could. Before you ever go at an unorthodox approach, make darn sure you completely understand the orthodox one. Then make sure you can explain exactly why yours is better. I've been burned by many "creative" solutions that turned onto necessary complexity and piles of code smell.
Feb
4
comment Learning Multiple Languages Simultaneously
+1 I think it makes a big difference whether you are learning your first three languages vs. your fourth, fifth, sixth, etc.
Jan
13
comment What are the drawbacks of Python?
Completely agree with @rox0r. The "straight-jacket" prevents all sorts of syntax wars.
Jan
12
comment My coworker created a 96 columns SQL table
I created a table like that once; it was for our senior design project in college. If only I could say that was the worst programming idea I've ever implemented...
Sep
28
comment When deciding on whether or not to work for a new company, what are your dealbreakers?
How do you guys generally feel about time tracking for the sake of Evidence-Based Scheduling (joelonsoftware.com/items/2007/10/26.html)?
Sep
8
comment What questions do you ask about a company before deciding to work there?
+1 Good point. Maybe a good question to ask would be, "Who will I be working with on a day-to-day basis?" It's probably not always possible, but if you can meet those people somewhere in the interview process it may help give you an idea.