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bio website lonecpluspluscoder.com
location United States
age 46
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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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answered How valid is ITJobsWatch data?
May
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awarded  Nice Answer
Apr
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answered Is “Hiring only the Best” a really practical advice for normal desktop application programming?
Apr
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awarded  Commentator
Apr
19
comment C++ and the use of old Visual Studio versions
I severely disagree with the statement about VS6 - the C++ compiler is both utterly horrible and not supported any longer by MS. You cannot conceivably write anything remotely resembling halfway modern C++, nor can you use some of the more advanced and useful libraries like boost. Well, you can use small parts of it...
Apr
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awarded  Editor
Mar
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answered Do we learn better with video or text or is it personal preference?
Mar
10
answered Contractor - Acceptable Payment Terms?
Mar
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comment Contractor - Acceptable Payment Terms?
You're in the UK, right? So who hasn't paid you - the agency or is the client supposed to be paying you directly? I've contracted in the UK for years and often the problem isn't the client but the agency. You also mention an umbrella company so you basically seem to have all the usual moving parts that seem to go wrong.
Mar
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awarded  Enlightened
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awarded  Nice Answer
Mar
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answered How to have an improved relationship with recruiters?
Mar
7
comment How to have an improved relationship with recruiters?
Very good point - unfortunately there are a lot of used car salesweasel types out there in the recruitment business, so personal recommendations are usually worthwhile.
Mar
6
comment Can you change a license once you pick one?
That's not really a solution to the license issue (ie, the legal license under which the software is released to the general public), though.
Mar
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Mar
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answered Is LISP still useful in today's world? Which version is most used?
Mar
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answered Getting graduates up to speed?
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