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bio website facebook.com/PhongSLe
location Fort Worth, TX
age 34
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seen Apr 15 at 3:42

I'm a former professional software engineer based in Texas. I love the C# programming language, and actually program leisurely as well.

My suite of add-ons for World of WarCraft was quite popular. They have been downloaded a combined 400k times from the two main download sites (WoWInterface.com and Curse.com).

After 12 years working in IT and software development, I found that the field was no longer fun nor interesting to me. I recently quit my job to pursue my childhood dream of becoming a novelist.

comment Is catching general exceptions really a bad thing?
Catching general exceptions is about as bad as making general statements about what you everyone should do. There is generally no one-size-fits-all approach to everything.
comment Software engineer, already in late thirties, would I have trouble finding a new position?
People graduate from school at all kinds of different ages anyway. In the US, we're lucky to have the ability to go back to school whenever we want (figuratively speaking). Not all countries have such an open system. I'd argue recruiters will look at years of experience much more readily than graduation date. To me a 40 year old with 1 year of experience is just as malleable as a fresh graduate, but probably presents a number of other advantages.
comment Should I Correct Candidates' Interview Answers?
Correcting your candidates every time they give you an answer you're not happy with just makes you sound pompous. If what you're after is seeing how they think and how they approach problems, then their answers should be enough for you. If you feel the need to correct them, then that makes the purpose of your interview proving that you know more than they do, and it becomes a competition to see who's the better programmer / technologist / whatever.
comment I don't program in my spare time. Does that make me a bad developer?
This, and many other answers, put far too much emphasis on programming as "practicing". To continue on the musician comparison, believe it or not but they actually also play for pleasure. What interviewers looking for someone who programs in their spare time are looking for is not someone who feels the constant need to practice all the time. They're looking for someone who is passionate and really enjoys what they do. If you're passionate about your job, you often turn it into a hobby as well, and it's hard to get away from it. It's no different from picking up any other hobby.