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Aug
28
comment Is there any danger in writing raw bytes to a file?
No need to make up your own file format ... just store the data as an image. You might need to change the dimensionality (eg, 10k x 1k) so it'll be supported. Or you could use FITS. If your data's more complex than just a single array, you could use HDF, CDF or NetCDF.
Oct
25
comment Why don't research papers that mention custom software release the source code?
In complete agreement with Kaz -- if to peer review the research you need something that's not available (data, code, etc), it shouldn't be accepted by a peer-reviewed journal. Almost all of the arguments that DeveloperDon mentions has pointed out holds true for data release, too ... yet there's now a rather big movement in recent years towards it.
Dec
13
comment How do quick & dirty programmers know they got it right?
Not all programmers think alike -- I've been given code to maintain that made no sense to me for months, until one day, it was like a light switch was flipped, as I realized what the overall organizing structure was, and it all made sense why they had done it how they did. Would I have done it that way? No, but it worked.
Nov
30
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Nov
30
answered How can I deal with the cargo-cult programming attitude?
Nov
30
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