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Oct
12
comment How to respond when you are asked for an estimate?
+1 for clothes picking threat. Showing your assumptions when giving a guesstimate is something I will try more often.
Oct
9
comment When would someone be considered a bad programmer?
But there could be expert disagreements about what's "better".
Oct
8
comment When would someone be considered a bad programmer?
I hate incompetent programmers who wreck the space-time continuum!
Oct
8
comment What's the most absurd myth about programming issues?
It's especially bad when working for sales-type people in industries like construction or retail.
Oct
7
comment How do people manage to write and maintain extremely complex and hard to read code?
Change the specifics, and this sounds a lot like my current job! The best part of this answer is the specialization and the need to develop over time. Also add in a pinch of humor about the whole thing.
Oct
7
comment How do people manage to write and maintain extremely complex and hard to read code?
Hiring interns, postdocs, etc and make them do it...
Oct
4
comment When can you call yourself good at language X?
That timetravel link should go to a "Your future self decided you shouldn't see this yet" error page.
Oct
1
comment What programming/software sub-cultures exist? What defines them? Which do you belong to?
I have one foot in this camp. The other is in academic/scientific computing.
Oct
1
comment What programming/software sub-cultures exist? What defines them? Which do you belong to?
And, as this subculture cares very much about practical, repeatable, and extreme efficiency, they often care little for most of the things going on in the computer science world, unless it has to do with parallel processing, clever caching schemes, HPC and such.
Oct
1
comment What programming/software sub-cultures exist? What defines them? Which do you belong to?
Yeah, I'm in this club too. This list is a good start for a description of the typical high energy physicist (i mean, studies quarks, not had too much coffee) or astronomer working with the current large instruments.
Oct
1
comment What programming/software sub-cultures exist? What defines them? Which do you belong to?
One's very first ever computer may indicate if one belongs in this group. I'm definitely here. I started on a Motorola 6800 trainer kit, chips on a PC board in open air, making LEDs blink and my own D-to-A converters to make curious patterns on a scope.
Sep
10
comment How to recognize a good programmer?
This is a great idea, and I'd like to see it be standard practice. As one who has been fired from several jobs for not fitting the company culture, or from misjudgment of skill levels, I'd love to test the water first.
Jul
25
comment How Can I Know Whether I Am a Good Programmer?
I wish I had a clue about D-K back in college, when I was a fine example of one end of the spectrum!