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bio website code.google.com/p/paradice9
location United Kingdom
age 37
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I am a British software engineer who lives in the Netherlands. I have worked on radio testing of Bluetooth and other wireless communication standards, and currently work in the navigation software industry. I enjoy developing primarily using modern C++, although other languages and dialects occasionally creep in.

I maintain a small terminal server application called Paradice 9, which is used for distributed tabletop roleplaying support.


Nov
5
comment Doesn't “if (0 == value) …” do more harm than good?
@mocj - I appreciate that, but your argument was that the "brain stutter" as you're reading the Yoda conditional is a good thing. I'm asking the question that, if that is the case, should we aim to write all code so that we cause "brain stutters"? Genuine question.
Nov
5
comment Doesn't “if (0 == value) …” do more harm than good?
@mocj - Therefore, we should all code as obtusely as possible to ensure that people reading our code need to really read our code?
Nov
3
comment Tips for working fast
Evolve from a place where you have no power into a place where you have "No!" power :)
Nov
3
comment Tips for working fast
+1: Less haste, more speed.
Oct
27
revised What is the appeal of Systems Hungarian?
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Oct
27
awarded  Editor
Oct
27
revised What is the appeal of Systems Hungarian?
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Oct
26
comment Which comments instantly ring alarm bells when a programmer says them?
I'm more on about the hitting-buttons-on-the-ui stuff. You know, like how people hit apply before hitting ok 'just in case'. When a developer does that for his or her own code, alarm bells ring.
Oct
26
answered What is the appeal of Systems Hungarian?
Oct
26
answered Which comments instantly ring alarm bells when a programmer says them?
Oct
26
answered “Overtime is part of the job” true but a bad attitude?
Oct
22
answered What are the most popular revision control systems?
Oct
21
awarded  Commentator
Oct
21
comment What's your favourite quote about programming?
My colleague has a T-shirt that says: "Engineer's motto: If it ain't broke, take it apart and fix it!"
Oct
21
comment What's your favourite quote about programming?
Personally, I'd say that the first 90% of the code accounts for the first 90% of the development time. Then, the remaining 90% of the code accounts for the other 90% of the development time.
Oct
12
comment What's the difference between “Programmer” and “Coder”?
I've heard the same question asked as 'What's the difference between a programmer and a software engineer?' The answer is usually of the form: 'About £10k'
Sep
29
awarded  Teacher
Sep
29
awarded  Supporter
Sep
29
comment How to reduce the number of bugs when coding?
I was going to write a big post that sums up as "write less that does more" (IOW know and use the tools available to you). I'll just +1 this instead.
Sep
29
awarded  Autobiographer