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bio website lonecpluspluscoder.com
location United States
age 45
visits member for 3 years, 11 months
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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.


May
31
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
31
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...
May
30
answered How valid is ITJobsWatch data?
May
22
awarded  Nice Answer
Apr
29
answered Is “Hiring only the Best” a really practical advice for normal desktop application programming?
Apr
19
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
8
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Apr
8
comment Burnout… Project Issues… Now They're Witholding My Salary… What Should I Do Next?
@David Thornley - nitpick fixed :)
Apr
8
revised Burnout… Project Issues… Now They're Witholding My Salary… What Should I Do Next?
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Apr
8
answered Burnout… Project Issues… Now They're Witholding My Salary… What Should I Do Next?
Mar
10
answered Do we learn better with video or text or is it personal preference?
Mar
10
answered Contractor - Acceptable Payment Terms?
Mar
10
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
9
awarded  Enlightened
Mar
9
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Mar
9
awarded  Nice Answer
Mar
9
comment Do you use your personal laptop for work?
Good point about bringing work home, plus I do like a dual-screen setup too (even have one at home) and I don't think the MacBook Pros can drive two screens. They can drive one and you can use the internal one, but that's not that great. Plus, even good laptop keyboards aren't that brilliant for coding anyway.
Mar
9
answered Do you use your personal laptop for work?
Mar
7
answered How to have an improved relationship with recruiters?