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I've been a developer for over 30 years in one form or another. I learnt Pascal at University and my first job was programming in Fortran 66. I've since moved to C# & .NET via Ada, C and C++.

Over the years I've worked for companies of all sizes from 3 person startups to multi-national organisations with 1000's of employees. I've also worked at all levels from junior programmer to team lead/technical architect and one stint as a manager. I've seen various development methodologies from classic waterfall to Scrum implemented and used with varying degrees of success.


Oct
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revised How do you prevent the piracy of your software?
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Oct
7
revised How do you prevent the piracy of your software?
edited for sense
Oct
7
answered Is Silverlight only for eye-candy, or does it have a use in business?
Oct
7
answered How do you prevent the piracy of your software?
Oct
7
revised What are the Vital Things noticed in an Experienced Programmer Resume by a firm?
corrected spelling in title
Oct
6
awarded  Enlightened
Oct
6
awarded  Nice Answer
Oct
6
revised Do you write secondary languages in your CV?
clarification
Oct
6
comment Do you write secondary languages in your CV?
Good point - it's what I was getting at with my last sentence.
Oct
6
revised Do you write secondary languages in your CV?
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Oct
6
answered Do you write secondary languages in your CV?
Oct
6
comment What do you do to improve your logical programming skills?
@Mark - I agree with @Dai Le. This is a different, but related question.
Oct
6
comment How long do programmers generally stay in industry?
@Jason - you've got it the wrong way round! I probably won't be a full time/professional developer any more, but I will still be programming, even if it's only personal projects.
Oct
5
awarded  Nice Answer
Oct
5
revised Teaching a QA person to program
fixed capitalisation
Oct
5
comment How should older programmers respond when interviewed
Age doesn't matter - attitude/personality does. I've worked with people of all ages in relation to me over the years and it always those with a chip on their shoulder that I couldn't get on with.
Oct
5
comment How should older programmers respond when interviewed
This is borderline age discrimination which is outlawed in the UK (and EU), but would be very hard to prove at a tribunal.
Oct
5
comment Is it reasonable to assume/require the .NET framework these days?
I should know having rebuilt 2 XP machines (one twice) recently, but as I also install Visual Studio & stuff it tends to arrive without me noticing
Oct
5
comment Is it reasonable to assume/require the .NET framework these days?
Have you got a link for XP SP2 including .NET 3.0. I couldn't find one.
Oct
5
revised Is it reasonable to assume/require the .NET framework these days?
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