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bio website darenscotwilson.com
location Southern California
age 54
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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.


Feb
22
comment What mistakes do language writers often make which doom their language?
At least Google doubled the name length for "Go"
Jan
14
comment What personal milestones can you use to measure growth in your programming abilities?
The meetup website meetup.com helped me find local Python, Ruby and other software development related groups.
Jan
11
comment Earning extra cash as a programmer
Community colleges are especially interested in finding part time, temporary instructors (any instructors...) acc'd to what I keep hearing.
Dec
20
comment Spartan programming… What is it good for?
What the heck is "spartan programming"? Can you provide a link for us ignorant folk?
Dec
20
comment How can I judge whether a project is particularly complex or if I'm just slow in picking it up?
Tracing the flow of data, or the sequence of events when for example the user clicks a button, has turned out to be impossible.
Dec
14
comment How can a Right-Brainer Deal with Massive Left-Brainer Code?
Nicely deep, and long enough to read to put off doing real work for a while!
Dec
13
comment What are the common misuses of “enum” in C?
Biggest cringe-maker I've seen in a long time.
Dec
13
comment What to do about “stopping point syndrome”?
You cannot leap the grand canyon in two shorter jumps. It makes good sense to land on a stable point, whatever length of time it takes, mindful of the constraints of practical healthy living.
Dec
13
comment 5 years of university education vs. 5 years of work experience - Which would you pick if hiring?
To complicate things, there are also people with degrees in other areas - they might as well not have a degrees so far as computer science or software engineering goes, but do have advanced thinking and problem solving skills, and may have practical work experience in software.
Dec
10
comment How can I judge whether a project is particularly complex or if I'm just slow in picking it up?
"One piece at a time" might work on other projects, but this has so many classes derived from others, friend classes, pointers to each other's innards, there are few parts that can be understood independently.
Dec
9
comment What's the idea behind defining rectangles with two points?
But why are those API designed that way? Besides mindlessly imitating earlier libraries, that is.
Dec
9
comment What's the idea behind defining rectangles with two points?
Good point, about x-y aligned rectangles. I had in mind that, and also extents as used in 3D modeling, and some other things, but all x-y (maybe also -z) aligned.
Dec
9
comment How can I judge whether a project is particularly complex or if I'm just slow in picking it up?
Especially forget about "what a bunch of..." when said person(s) are the boss, boss' brother, boss's boss, or boss' boss' nephew, etc!
Dec
8
comment Do you write titles in code comments?
The "what" is good to know, and often isn't obvious from looking at the code. These comments make the overall intent clear.
Dec
8
comment Do you have any techniques to help you get started in the morning?
Definitely on topic for me! So what if the question might be worded a little to general and could apply to more than programmers?
Dec
6
comment Should certain math classes be required for a Computer Science degree?
Looks like it should have been 0<n<1. Sadly, I haven't the points to edit answers. Yeah, those algorithms that work best when you have half an item are just fantastic!
Dec
3
comment How can a Right-Brainer Deal with Massive Left-Brainer Code?
"...by creating classes so small and simple, that do so little, that it takes barely more than a glance ..." Are there any good open source examples of this?
Dec
3
comment How can a Right-Brainer Deal with Massive Left-Brainer Code?
As for "to make it easy to ignore most of the trivia" - the style of coding seems to be a trivia glorifier. Trying to fix one little thing this week, there were unbelievable amounts of details that don't really do anything.
Dec
2
comment Low level programming - what's in it for me?
One can avoid any such under-the-hood mystery by building their own CPU from transistors and logic chips :D (One of my favorite tech fantasies!) Anyway +1 for a great answer.
Dec
1
comment What's the idea behind defining rectangles with two points?
How would it be easier to code as two points?