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Former applied math grad student, current automated GUI tester.


Jan
11
revised Is it bad interview practice to have candidates write a linked-list implementation?
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Jan
11
revised Is it bad interview practice to have candidates write a linked-list implementation?
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Jan
11
asked Is it bad interview practice to have candidates write a linked-list implementation?
Jan
11
comment What do I need to do, to get placed in any software company?
Actually being able to program in, you know, an actual programming language. That's generally a requirement.
Jan
11
revised Is there a canonical book on simulation programming?
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Jan
11
answered Is there a canonical book on simulation programming?
Jan
10
comment Should fresh grads join startups keeping in mind the future?
@Dima What if it were 80 hour weeks at MySpace or Pets.com? Working for a startup with dreams of "hitting it big" and becoming rich and famous is a poor choice IMO. Work for a startup because it suits your personality.
Jan
10
comment Should fresh grads join startups keeping in mind the future?
80 hour weeks in order to "do something cool"? Just remember you only have one youth when following this line of reasoning.
Dec
29
comment How does unit testing work?
+1 for noting it becomes more useful for complicated functions. What if you decided to extend adder.add() to floating point values? Matrices? Leger account values?
Dec
15
comment Worth it to Learn an Archaic Language?
The only problem with this answer (which is very good!) is that it looks at job opportunities today. Taking a few months to struggle with a language now for fun might translate into lots of opportunities in the future by getting a leg up on everyone else.
Dec
5
comment How do you explain refactoring to a non-technical person?
This question could yield some surprisingly useful responses for anyone working with code in industry. Pay attention people.
Nov
28
comment How to interview a natural scientist for a dev position?
+1 For "They both basically boil down to using your brain to solve complex puzzles."
Nov
15
revised Are there any empirical studies on the effect of different languages on software quality?
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Nov
15
answered Are there any empirical studies on the effect of different languages on software quality?
Nov
7
answered How can a programming novice identify poor code written by another?
Nov
3
comment The dreaded C# programming interview test - any advice?
but they are part of the process, so there's nothing we can really do about it. How about advocating not having silly programming tests at your place of work as part of the hiring process? Hiring processes should show your competence, not that you can memorize obscure trivia.
Oct
27
comment What is the/Is there a right way to tell management that our code sucks?
A complete rewrite may be a good solution, depending on your situation. Deriving your own programming language for your task will almost certainly be a worse idea.
Oct
24
comment Why do I have to choose between “management” and “technical” tracks in my career?
Isn't this sort of thing supposed to be a non-problem in agile development? A coder can also test, a tester can also be a client, etc.
Oct
21
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Oct
21
revised Why does TDD work?
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