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Former applied math grad student, current automated GUI tester.


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
Oct
3
comment Why is software still released with known bugs?
Could also be that bugs were not seen by the company as mission critical or major. Clients may say otherwise, but you only know when your clients tell you.
Sep
28
comment What should I expect from my first programming job?
"Why are you forcing me to use version control? I always worked without it and I don't understand why would I need it now." Answer: "Ok, you have a point. Work without it for a few months, on our large sprawling codebase while everyone else does use it, and we'll talk about it then". This issue will likely take care of itself.
Sep
28
awarded  Teacher
Sep
27
awarded  Scholar
Sep
27
accepted Is there any formal research in FizzBuzz Question Effectiveness?
Sep
26
revised What are some good tasks to assign co-op students/interns?
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Sep
26
answered What are some good tasks to assign co-op students/interns?