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Former applied math grad student, current automated GUI tester.


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
awarded  Excavator
Oct
21
revised Why does TDD work?
edited body
Oct
21
comment Is it possible to get into quantum computing as a hobby?
+1 for "buy more cats". You never know when they're going to die or not.
Oct
19
comment How to decrease errors before testing?
All of this, particularly using testers at all points of the SDLC. Great testers can find bugs in more than a finished GUI
Oct
19
comment Why do some teachers often consider bad practice things that are not?
Reasons like this are almost unavoidable in the current CS undergraduate model. How can someone who hasn't worked in industry for decades know what best practices are? How can new students understand the differences between the academic and industrial world?
Oct
18
awarded  Critic
Oct
18
comment How do your busiest people transfer their knowledge?
This sounds pretty close to an apprenticeship model, which might make a lot of sense for some software shops to create.
Oct
17
comment What qualities does an “average” programmer have?
@Job My problem with that list is that success seems inflated. Can't someone be successful without being almost revolutionary or starting a multi-billion dollar company?
Oct
17
asked What qualities does an “average” programmer have?
Oct
12
comment Do technical interviews tend to be subjective?
It's always interesting that "have X great candidates, can only choose 1" usually applies to new hires but not to things like clients or contracts.
Oct
11
comment What does a company typically expect from a Perl developer?
This is a good question. Perl is a somewhat dated language that seems to have more than its share of quirks and idioms. Plus there are more "expert" Perl positions out there than "junior" these days.
Oct
7
comment Difference between a Quality Engineer and a Tester
+1 since I think the question is more subtle and important than folks realize.
Oct
4
comment How much does/should your style imply about your skill in a language?
@kevincline "Cramming everything into as few lines as possible" isn't a compelling language feature though
Oct
4
comment How much does/should your style imply about your skill in a language?
While I agree with the overall idea of this answer, it also reminds me why Perl is kind of a dying language. Perl isn't taught formally anywhere these days; expecting new programmers to instantly conform to an obscure language doesn't help create a healthy community.
Oct
3
awarded  Commentator