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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.


Sep
14
answered How do you learn a new programming language?
Sep
14
awarded  Nice Answer
Sep
13
revised Job hopping, is it a problem?
clarification
Sep
13
comment Job hopping, is it a problem?
@BenAlabaster - I was coming from the perspective of hiring a permanent employee. If I was hiring for a contract then the number of jobs would be (largely) irrelevant. I'll update the answer to make that clear.
Sep
13
answered What's the difference between a “developer” and a “programmer”?
Sep
13
comment Job hopping, is it a problem?
@SnOrfus - the question was about a job every 18 months to 2 years. If it was 10 jobs in 3 years the warning would be very loud!
Sep
13
awarded  Nice Answer
Sep
13
answered Job hopping, is it a problem?
Sep
13
answered Why do programmers write closed source applications and then make them free?
Sep
12
comment Which are the topics in Mathematics that a developer should absolutely know?
See also programmers.stackexchange.com/questions/101/…
Sep
12
awarded  Cleanup
Sep
12
revised What's the worst question you were ever asked at interview?
rolled back to a previous revision
Sep
11
revised When is the time right to bring a project to the alpha/beta/public phase?
more info
Sep
11
answered When is the time right to bring a project to the alpha/beta/public phase?
Sep
11
answered Should curly braces appear on their own line?
Sep
11
comment What was your most difficult bug hunt and how did you find it and kill it?
There have probably been more difficult bug hunts over the years, but this one has stuck in my mind for well over 20 years!
Sep
10
answered What was your most difficult bug hunt and how did you find it and kill it?
Sep
10
comment How often are the unfortunate stereotypes associated with older techies true?
OK - I can't remove close votes, so we'll have to let it decay away over time.
Sep
10
comment How often are the unfortunate stereotypes associated with older techies true?
possible duplicate of How old is "too old"?
Sep
10
answered What is the hardest bug to find?