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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.


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comment What are the warning signs of impending doom to watch out for on a project?
@mawg - my point was about a single long iteration being bad whereas a series of short iteration (however they are managed) is better.
Sep
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awarded  Good Answer
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awarded  Mortarboard
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awarded  Nice Answer
Sep
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comment Is the 80 character limit still relevant in times of widescreen monitors?
80 characters was the hard limit of the number of columns on punch card!
Sep
9
comment Is the 80 character limit still relevant in times of widescreen monitors?
80 characters was the hard limit of the number of columns on punch card!
Sep
9
revised What are the warning signs of impending doom to watch out for on a project?
added emphasis and more info
Sep
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comment What are the warning signs of impending doom to watch out for on a project?
@adolf - I was thinking of a single pass through the waterfall. Multiple mini waterfalls are probably OK.
Sep
9
answered What should every programmer know about programming?
Sep
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answered What's the most absurd myth about programming issues?
Sep
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revised Is it okay to use a language that isn't supported by your company for some tasks?
more info
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answered Is it okay to use a language that isn't supported by your company for some tasks?
Sep
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answered What are the warning signs of impending doom to watch out for on a project?
Sep
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answered What to do with bugs that do not repro?
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awarded  Beta
Sep
7
revised What should I do to be language-agnostic?
more info
Sep
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comment What should I do to be language-agnostic?
@Simon - you've got a good point about designing for the framework. I'll update the answer.
Sep
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answered What should I do to be language-agnostic?
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answered VB.Net vs C# debate
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