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bio website brucealderman.info
location Kansas
age 45
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I'm the Lead Programmer for Johnson County Library, and a sometime writer for SitePoint.


Oct
5
comment Is it unusual for a small company (15 developers) not to use managed source/version control?
+1 for "less than or equal to one"
Jul
28
comment How to create Job Security?
+1 for focusing on career security rather than job security
Feb
15
comment How to explain my 5 burnt-out years off to a new employer?
@jmort253 Any examples of recent work -- a web application, an open source project -- would be a good indicator of current skills and motivation.
Feb
15
comment How to explain my 5 burnt-out years off to a new employer?
@user17332 Past burnout is not an issue to me, partly because I've gone through it myself. But I've moved beyond it and have been programming full time for the past four years.
Feb
3
comment If we can do functional programming with Python, do we need a specific functional programming language?
If Scheme has built-in procedures, why do we need a specific procedural programming language? If we can define objects in Haskell, why do we need a specific object-oriented language?
Feb
2
comment Ruby or Python?
Perl, of course.
Jan
30
comment How to be a zero-bug programmer?
I don't know who first said it, but, "If debugging is the process of removing bugs, then programming must be the process of putting them in."
Nov
23
comment What to do when you're faced with a problem that you can't solve quickly?
"10 years to master a skill" source: norvig.com/21-days.html
Nov
23
comment What do I call people who extend my class in base class documentation?
I think the word you are looking for is "shouldn't" rather than "don't".
Nov
23
comment Method vs Function vs Procedure
@Django: In Pascal a procedure cannot have a return value, and a function must have a return value. In some other languages, the terminology may be used more loosely.
Nov
23
comment Method vs Function vs Procedure
@Scott: Thanks. I've corrected it.
Nov
11
comment “Comments are a code smell”
"Only if the comment describes what the code is doing." Or if the comment describes what the code used to do; the code has changed but the comment hasn't.
Nov
9
comment How many types of programming languages are there?
How about declarative (e.g. Prolog, SQL) ?
Nov
2
comment Why is Java the lingua franca at so many institutions?
It could be worse. Back in my day, the language for most CS classes was Pascal.
Nov
1
comment What is the (craziest, stupidest, silliest) thing a client/boss asked you to do?
If you were writing software for a space probe, this might make sense.
Nov
1
comment Is it bad etiquette to ask a potential employer how they score on the Joel Test?
This company obviously patterns their office environment after Google.
Oct
29
comment How useful are employment tests when interviewing candidates and predicting success?
You may be able to google the answers, but a surprisingly large number of candidates can't or won't.
Feb
20
comment Are there any famous one-man-army programmers?
Wasn't Java developed by James Gosling?