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bio website pauldwaite.co.uk
location United Kingdom
age 33
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Self-employed web developer.


Oct
3
awarded  Enlightened
Sep
23
awarded  Yearling
Sep
12
awarded  Nice Answer
Sep
12
answered What percentage of bugs should be stamped out before a project can be accepted as a stable release?
Aug
2
revised How do you update live web sites with code changes?
Clarified title
Aug
2
suggested suggested edit on How do you update live web sites with code changes?
Jul
22
comment Techniques to increase logic at programming
“I afraid of code... if I dont finish it on time my boss will fire me etc.” — That’s not a great environment in which to enjoy, and therefore get better at, programming.
Jul
3
comment What's the best way to get up to speed with Java?
“Learn you some Java for great good” — I’ve never liked the look of Java, but I’d buy a book with that title.
Jun
29
revised What obligations do highly public developers have to their users? (Or, _why the lucky stiff's tale)
Fixed typo
Jun
29
suggested suggested edit on What obligations do highly public developers have to their users? (Or, _why the lucky stiff's tale)
Jun
29
comment How to convince my boss that quality is a good thing to have in code?
@CapeCodGunny let us continue this discussion in chat
Jun
29
comment How to convince my boss that quality is a good thing to have in code?
@Cape: I can imagine. Were they open to the public? Were you worried about “piracy”?
Jun
29
comment How to convince my boss that quality is a good thing to have in code?
@Cape: right, I can imagine it was great having an actual working version there. Promises are one thing, but having something to try is very cool — people like products. Apple Stores seem to work in the same way.
Jun
29
comment How to convince my boss that quality is a good thing to have in code?
Good call. I seem to remember something from Code Complete or Rapid Development or The Mythical Man-Month saying that re-usable components, as a rule of thumb, take about 3 times longer to build than one-offs. So when you re-sell them for the fourth time, you’re into pure profit. I suspect the key to selling this guy on quality was when he asked “It only took 10 hours for customer y how come it's taking 16 hours for customer z?” Quality means re-usability, which means re-sellability, which means that after a few months you can buy a sports car and a set of steak knives with your bonus.
Jun
9
answered Who does test-driven development?
Jun
9
answered Why does adding more resource to a late project make it later?
May
19
comment How much web-design work should a web programmer commit?
It does depend what is meant by “overall design” though. If it “just” means branding and detailing, I think he’s alright to continue. But if there’s no real design for the interface yet, you’re probably screwed in much deeper ways, as Pål eloquently points out.
Apr
11
comment What are the pros (and cons) of using “Sign in with Twitter/Facebook” for a new website?
@jprete: no. (Technical quibble: we’re not considering using Facebook/Twitter as OpenID providers, rather login providers.) As far as the mainstream goes in the UK, everyone’s heard of Facebook and Twitter, and no-one’s heard of anything else.
Apr
11
comment What are the pros (and cons) of using “Sign in with Twitter/Facebook” for a new website?
“Those that don't, typically (from my experience), aren't going to "participate" on your site anyway (or any site really, for that matter).” — Given the 2 upvotes for the “Please don’t do it” answer, I’d say that for some classes of user, they’ll participate lots despite their aversion to Facebook account.
Apr
11
revised What are the pros (and cons) of using “Sign in with Twitter/Facebook” for a new website?
Tweaked grammar and punctuation in the last sentence.