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Oct
11
answered “sell” coding my next project in an unfamiliar language
Oct
11
comment Is hungarian notation a workaround for languages with insufficiently-expressive (i.e. Haskell-style) static typing?
Pascal - although if you try and add an XCood and YCoord type you defined in Pascal you will just get a compiler warning IIRC
Oct
7
comment When the shell prints “TBD: create a test thread to print info from the Test object”, what does the 'TBD' stand for?
Gentler than "Let me Google that for you"
Oct
7
answered The cost of running a Windows App Server
Oct
5
comment I'm a contract developer and I think I'm about to get screwed
+1 If you built the server during the time you've not been paid for (and it seems you did) I think you probably can link the payment of your invoice to the release of the work that you've done for them since the last paycheck. Sounds like the company's going broke so look for other work. When I was in a vaguely similar situation I presented my timesheet to the Finance director & he wrote the cheque for me (helped that I sat a few seats away - one advantage of the small company).
Oct
3
comment What's a good book to help non-technical management understand software development?
Agree that they're both a bit too old and also, probably too technical for "non-technical managers"
Oct
3
comment What's a good book to help non-technical management understand software development?
+1 The Software Project Survival Guide is designed for this.
Sep
30
comment Is it legal to recreate/opensource a program that you previously coded for another company
@Clement - I have to disagree because I learn from my mistakes. I've had the opportunity to do similar systems twice in my career & the second one was much better in both cases because I had a better grasp of the problem domain when I started designing the second system.
Sep
30
answered What is the point of properties?
Sep
29
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Sep
29
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Sep
29
comment Is it legal to recreate/opensource a program that you previously coded for another company
Having read this & your answer to mattcodes I have to add this: If you don't get permission you will almost certainly be sued - it's simply not worth it. IF you change design & change language you might get away with it but it's still dodgy. Without permission, making a clone in the same language you will be prosecuted and you will make yourself unemployable.
Sep
29
awarded  Nice Answer
Sep
29
answered browsing with curl instead of firefox (or any other browser)
Sep
29
answered Is it legal to recreate/opensource a program that you previously coded for another company
Sep
14
answered How hard would it be for Microsoft to support deployment of .net apps onto OSX and linux
Sep
14
comment Other things to learn for becoming a Database Admin/Developer?
I know what you're saying and it actually stems from ignorance of what a GOOD DBA does compared to the average. Average DBAs keep backups, applies patches, adds users & reactively deals with performance issues. A top DBA writes scripts to automate the "boring" stuff & then proactively monitors the database to maintain peak performance. A good DBA also understands the database as well as the data architect. They are rare though, I've only worked with a couple in 20 years of database programming.
Sep
14
answered Other things to learn for becoming a Database Admin/Developer?
Sep
14
comment Interviews: How far to go on DVCS experience?
+1 James. Ask open questions that can't be shut down and don't hire poor communicators. If I had been in that interview I would have immediately followed up with "and how did you find it?" or "what did you like / dislike about it?". As an interviewer it is your job to ask the right questions...
Sep
8
answered Alternative for Access+SQL Server for enterprise projects