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bio website lonecpluspluscoder.com
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I've been programming since my early teens and like so many of us, I started Basic on the usual home computers like Atari 800XL, ZX Spectrum etc. "Turned pro" about 20 years ago.

I've been mostly doing C++ during this time, writing anything from device drivers for various operating systems to trading systems for banks.


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awarded  Critic
Jul
19
answered Do companies hire software developers that are aspiring entrepreneurs?
Jul
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comment Why don't all companies buy developers the best hardware?
@Andrzej, you do make a good point. Part of it depends on the size of the organisation - large companies seem to be especially reluctant to give developers high-spec machines as they tend to have standardised their hardware on the Excel jockey level. Smaller companies usually are more flexible, but also have less money to throw around.
Jul
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answered Why don't all companies buy developers the best hardware?
Jul
9
answered Profanity Filter Performance in Java
Jul
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comment Is it worth writing a memory error detection tool for C++ these days?
@Christopher, I would think that a company with 2-3 people in total should be able to make it work. Don't forget that Boundschecker is owned by a company much bigger than that, so the overheads are still quite large even if the team is fairly small.
Jul
8
comment Is it worth writing a memory error detection tool for C++ these days?
I keep forgetting Insure++, must be because I've never used it. @Christopher, that's why I suggested that there might be enough money in there for a small company/ISV, but there certainly isn't enough money in there for big companies anymore.
Jul
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answered Is it worth writing a memory error detection tool for C++ these days?
Jun
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awarded  Nice Answer
Jun
29
answered “Don't do programming after a few years of starting career”. Is this a fair advice?
Jun
27
comment Should I not show all my skills?
There's also the always fun part of the interview where the local expert for the technology sticks their head in for a few minutes...
Jun
24
answered A question on choosing the next programming language between C/C++ and other languages
Jun
24
answered Is it OK to introduce methods that are used only during unit tests?
Jun
6
awarded  Citizen Patrol
Jun
2
answered Any tips on getting hired as a software project manager straight out of college?
May
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answered How to research a company to work at
May
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comment Any tips how to successfully job hunt?
@Carson63000 - the situation certainly hadn't changed until last year, if anything companies were even more reluctant to hire directly without going through recruiters.
May
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answered Any tips how to successfully job hunt?
May
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comment Any tips how to successfully job hunt?
As mentioned above, one of the problems with looking for a job in the UK is that you will have to deal with recruiters as there are only very few companies that will hire directly. I've worked for something like 8 companies in the UK while I lived there and only one would actually consider candidates that didn't come in via an agency.
May
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comment Any tips how to successfully job hunt?
Actually, your advice (unfortunately) isn't going to work very well in the UK as about 90% of the hiring in IT is done via recruitment agencies. Those companies are a necessary evil over there...