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bio website darenscotwilson.com
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Physicist/Artist who fools around with electrons, photons, pixels and bits. Currently in San Diego, formerly of Socorro NM, Orlando FL, Boulder CO, Ann Arbor and other places in Michigan.

Mainly, I've been making 2D and 3D illustrations and animations, writing explanations for things in physics, astronomy and electronics, writing software for image processing and science number-crunching, and teaching the cats to do my work for me. Regrettably, the latter endeavor has been a total failure.


Jun
22
accepted How to become an excellent applications programmer, coming from low-level background?
Jun
20
awarded  Nice Question
May
25
comment Why is every programming language “powerful”?
Regarding "market their programming languaeg as "weak"... well, there is one product out there called Fawlty Language. It's a freeware clone of ITT-VIS's IDL.
May
5
comment How to become an excellent applications programmer, coming from low-level background?
What's a "code camp"? User groups are good, 'cept I don't like being in rooms full of geeky types, and currently I live in a small town far from where any such groups would be.
Apr
27
comment How to explain to non-programmers that programming is not a repetitive task?
Being an artist myself, I like this comparison. It will make sense to most artists, of all types, and those who can relate to art activities. (I'm not sure about non-artists.)
Apr
27
comment How to become an excellent applications programmer, coming from low-level background?
We could trade brains!
Apr
27
asked How to become an excellent applications programmer, coming from low-level background?
Mar
31
awarded  Nice Question
Mar
28
comment Why does DirectX use a left-handed coordinate system?
Several 2D and 3D systems all derived their conventions from a common history.
Mar
26
awarded  Nice Question
Mar
25
comment Reinventing the Wheel, why should I?
Not fully understanding things is common in all professions. Doctors prescribe aspirin even though no one knows how it works (last time I checked anyway). We install lightning rods though physicists still don't fully understand lightning (a lightning expert told me that a few days ago). The challenge for intelligent people is not to understand, but to make things work despite not understanding the inner details.
Mar
16
comment What is programming like in the Japanese language?
@FrustratedWithFormsDesigner: Yes, there are. I've used Greek letters for variable names in Go. As a physicist, I like lambda for wavelength, rho for density etc. Go should be able to handle letters like the German ö, Japanese characters, etc. But I don't know about keywords like "for" and "if". These might be stuck in English for now.
Mar
13
accepted What's the idea behind defining rectangles with two points?
Mar
6
comment Is there a programming language with not a tree but tags idea behind OOP?
Two answers should be two posts. But +1 anyway; I like the 2nd answer.
Mar
5
accepted Is there a measure of code rot?
Feb
27
awarded  Nice Question
Feb
24
comment What is your favourite/ideal development environment?
Wow! You for president. Or dictator.
Feb
23
asked Is there a measure of code rot?
Feb
22
comment Have programmers at your work not taken up or been averse to an offer of a second monitor?
"I hated having the crease between the two monitors" = three monitors are better. With front, left and right it's sort of like driving a car with main windshield, left and right door windows.
Feb
16
answered What have you learned from the bugs you helped discover and fix?