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Saved from the web by a job in industry. Coding GUI for computer-aided railway realignment machinery.

At last a job where I have time to do stuff properly and don't have to worry about loads of unfixed bugs coming back to haunt me.


Jun
8
awarded  Constituent
Jun
8
awarded  Caucus
May
30
comment Stuck due to “knowing too much”
@AlanB, here's another codinghorror post which sticks in my memory.
May
30
comment Stuck due to “knowing too much”
Premature generalization is responsible for most of the gumph in our current code base.
May
30
answered Is it a bad practice to store large files (10 MB) in a database?
May
30
comment Fear of releasing a hobby project - how to overcome?
You wish! You should consider yourself lucky if anyone even notices you've released some code :)
May
25
comment What is the best way to allow a non-coding designer to design intranet web pages?
@Rich, I really think you'll be better off asking her for a photoshop, then 'hacking' the html into your .NET on your own. It's a pain, but far less pain than reinstalling your server. You need to convince you PHBs that there is not 'quick and cheap' solution to this. If he wants pretty, it's going to cost.
May
25
comment What is the best way to allow a non-coding designer to design intranet web pages?
@Rich, if all she knows is Joomla, and you are in a .NET shop, something somewhere has gone horribly wrong...
May
25
answered What is the best way to allow a non-coding designer to design intranet web pages?
May
24
comment What is the proper way to do REST?
@Nick, that is the most common interpretation, the 'real thing' is a lot harder to grok, and (as far as I can tell) a lot harder to find actually implemented anywhere... (see Wilk's answer)
May
24
comment What is the proper way to do REST?
You might consider adding this link, which is the most complete guide I've come across.
Apr
25
comment The bracketless if statement is frowned upon, but is it still bad style if your IDE is equipped for it?
Almost duplicate of: programmers.stackexchange.com/questions/16528/…. Use a white-space sensitive language, that way you don't have to bother with braces at all :)
Apr
3
comment Letting go of a project
Maybe a symbolic 'handing over' would help you to anchor the 'letting go' to a fixed point in time.
Mar
26
comment RESTFul: state changing actions
I suggest you check out this write-up, which may inspire you with an even more RESTful solution.
Mar
8
awarded  Great Answer
Feb
17
comment Is it possible to speed-read code well?
Speed read, maybe. Speed understand? Not so much :)
Feb
15
comment Rendezvous in Ada
@Robert, well I definitely don't know my chops then :(
Feb
8
comment Why is CS taught to be memorized?
As an example, given that you can look up any word in a dictionary, theoretically you should be able to understand this article on meantone. But our brains only handle a limited number of nested incomprehensions.
Feb
8
comment Why is CS taught to be memorized?
Be careful what you wish for. :) The CS module I took at university was one of the only ones where the teacher tested understanding, and not memorization. It was hard. VERY hard.
Dec
23
comment Is there a reason to prefer lambda syntax even if there is only one parameter?
Wow, you get the green tick, for the research!