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Dec
16
comment How to convince your boss to give you a better developer machine?
We have a CI server. It isn't the cost of doing frequent integration builds. It is the cost of just doing normal development work that I was calculating.
Dec
16
comment How to teach Delegates
@bjarkef, yes that is another way to think about it.
Dec
16
comment How do you respond to a request for 'emergency contact information' for when you are on vacation?
@sbi, I would not fault someone who took the position that they did not want to be disturbed on vacation, but it is not the stance I take. I am a salaried employee and I am being paid to be on vacation, so answering the occasional question or attending a half hour conference call doesn't bother me.
Dec
15
comment Is there still a need for writing SQL?
What is the "N+1 problem"? I'm not familiar...
Dec
13
comment What do you call a developer with automated testing specialty?
Agreed this is the title of people I know working in this area at Microsoft.
Dec
9
comment Can all the recursive functions be coded with iterations?
But what if you can do that wrong thing really quick?!
Oct
8
comment Do you write secondary languages in your CV?
Because I wouldn't want to ever code in COBOL again. :-) Hey, if you like COBOL more power to you. I, however, do not.
Oct
6
comment Do you write secondary languages in your CV?
I should clarify this a bit I think. I would still mention in the area where I talk about that job that it involved that technology. I just wouldn't list that technology in the "proficiencies" section that most people have at the top of their CVs.
Oct
4
comment How do you decide how much your software will cost?
+1 for the deposit. I screwed myself a few times by not insisting on this. It really separates out the people that are serious.
Oct
4
comment How do you decide how much your software will cost?
does this actually work? i've always assumed that like 99% of people ignore those Donate buttons. But i've never tried to ask for donations so I don't know.
Sep
27
comment Why are there so many programming languages? Why are new languages still being made?
This is true. The drive to add new features in order to get more money from the market certainly cannot be ignored. However, it is a double-edged sword. You can expect new features from a commercially-backed product for this exact reason. But from an open source product, you only get new features for as long as the volunteer army stays interested, and there is someone of skill at the helm to herd the cats.
Sep
27
comment Why are there so many programming languages? Why are new languages still being made?
Well, I think both C# and Java were introduced at least in part to address complexities with C++. And now, if you look at both of those languages several versions later, their syntax and feature sets are getting complex enough where people are starting to talk about them being "over the hill". Just my take on it though I can't prove anything. :-)
Sep
24
comment What questions do you ask about a company before deciding to work there?
+1 for "What do people hate the most about working for your company?" Good revenge question for the interviewer asking you to list your bad qualities. :-)
Sep
20
comment Is the abundance of frameworks dumbing down programmers?
Under the logic of not using an ORM tool until you've "done it yourself" first, I probably also shouldn't use a database abstraction layer until I've written calls to the database directly? Or actually, I shouldn't use a database until I've written a storage system using the filesystem? Well, the filesystem is an abstraction, too... Where do I start? For each generation, they are going to start at a higher level of abstraction, or in order get more interesting things done in less time.