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Nov
25
comment How do you explain the complexity of bulk emailing to a manager?
Unless you're working for a company, like so many, that has high-level managers who start jonesin' for some pet project, no matter the cost. Then, it doesn't matter whether it makes sense, they want it yesterday and it's "Full steam ahead and damn the torpedos". I've had to drop everything for such a task, even though there are some awesome fully-supported open-source tools that have been around for ages. My manager agrees with me that the open-source tools would be better, but managers above him are doing the jonesin', and well, you know how jonesin' rolls down hill. :-)
Nov
22
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Nov
22
comment Code formatting SQL queries
1600 columns in a text file is merely absurd. 1600 columns or fields in a database would be criminally insane.
Nov
22
comment Will high reputation in Stack Overflow help to get a good job?
I hope it doesn't. I've seen some really stupid questions asked repeatedly by people with high reputations and stupid answers by others.
Nov
22
comment Code formatting SQL queries
Don't know what else to tell you except I'm sorry dude.
Nov
22
comment Code formatting SQL queries
They're probably afraid to touch it if it's "legacy" code. Just slowly back away and everything will be fine.
Nov
22
comment Code formatting SQL queries
Agree that performance can't be a good argument.
Nov
22
answered Code formatting SQL queries
Nov
22
comment I have only two languages on my resume - how bad is this?
+1 for pointing out that different languages help you think in new ways. The more languages we know the better we are able to pick the right tool for a job.
Nov
22
comment I have only two languages on my resume - how bad is this?
I've been programming professionally for over 30 years, and have lots of languages under my belt. I'm always learning something new and that has paid off time and again.
Nov
22
comment I have only two languages on my resume - how bad is this?
"As long as you know how to think the problems through, it does not matter how many languages you are proficient in." I don't want to rain on the OP's parade, but, yes it does matter. Sometimes we have to wear a lot of different hats for a job and have to be able to switch them quickly. I currently write in shell, Python, Perl, Ruby and SQLs daily at work and being able to switch without "retooling time" is important. But, I have been doing this stuff a long time so that's expected. As long as the OP takes it on himself to keep learning more languages he'll do fine.
Nov
20
answered Are my method or variable names too long?
Nov
11
comment Why do people say that VB gives you bad programming habits?
I'm a perfect example that BASIC doesn't destroy our minds. I've been programming over 30 years, and, if I hadn't hit the limit of allowed GOTO statements in my interpreter I'd be finishing my first BASIC program any day now. :-)
Nov
11
comment What are some famous one-liner or two-liner programs and equations?
That's one of those "Oh sh*t!" errors.
Nov
11
comment What are some famous one-liner or two-liner programs and equations?
LOL. That's just nasty. Right now I'm thinking that if I cat a binary file to the screen I'd be looking at an APL program. :-) Did they also use ^G (AKA BELL)?
Nov
10
comment What kind of things can you learn from a guy who only hacks existing code?
I don't think you're allowed to arbitrarily redefine a word to mean what you want, especially when it has a pretty well defined meaning that the rest of us understand. Double-especially since a large number of us are that thing.
Nov
9
answered How do people read big technical books?
Nov
8
comment What are some famous one-liner or two-liner programs and equations?
It's elegant in a "C" kind of way as long as the strings are terminated correctly. For a non-C string it can be a terrible death for program or a CPU/host. I've had to debug it because of strings being passed in as Pascal strings (length-byte prefixing the string), or encountering strings that weren't concatenated correctly and having embedded \0 chars. I lean toward it being elegant still, but only in the hands of an experienced C developer. It shouldn't be taught to newbies because they'd shoot their feet off.
Nov
8
comment What are some famous one-liner or two-liner programs and equations?
And I thought Perl looked like line noise.
Nov
6
answered What are some famous one-liner or two-liner programs and equations?