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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.


Feb
25
comment Should I try to persuade my manager that code tidying should take priority over meeting deadlines?
Urbycoz - if you are interested in the "how" then this has been answered in the duplicate. If you are interested in the "should" then this is a different question, but probably not constructive/not a real question in Stack Exchange terms.
Feb
23
comment Handling false positives and legacy code warnings in static-analysis of C++ code?
Thanks. You can leave the links in for reference (in fact you probably should)
Feb
23
comment Handling false positives and legacy code warnings in static-analysis of C++ code?
Link only answers are bad answers. If the pages linked to go missing then the answer becomes useless. If possible please summarise the pages you link to here.
Feb
21
comment What's the most effective way to perform code reviews?
Is there anything you can summarise here - just in case the link goes down.
Feb
7
comment If I hire you for “a day”, how many hours are expected?
It's difficult (if not impossible) to answer this question within the Stack Exchange format. Ultimately a "day" is whatever you and the person you are hiring agree on. The actual hours will depend on the country you are in and the culture and so on.
Feb
3
comment What is the nicest (user-friendliest) way to tell a user about “Access Denied” error?
For more on this topic see our sister site on User Experience - here for example
Feb
3
comment Programming with ADD/ADHD
Please read the FAQ entry on Self Promotion
Jan
10
comment should you always enter a bug in a bug tracking system
Related - programmers.stackexchange.com/questions/136629/…
Jan
7
comment Mobile number validation
@Shauna - ah! I see now. So in the US there's no equivalent to the leading "0" we have in the UK.
Jan
7
comment Mobile number validation
He, he. True. Don't their codes start with a 1? So what would be an "0800" number in the UK would be a "1800" number in the US.
Jan
7
comment Mobile number validation
UK numbers need the leading 0 stripping and replacing by +44 (the country code) as well. I was going to suggest it was true worldwide, but I'm willing to bet that there are a few that don't follow that rule.
Jan
7
comment Mobile number validation
Checking that all are digits will fail if the user enters "+44123456789" as their number.
Jan
3
comment Randomly Generate Points in a Spiral Motion using Javascript
rae1n and @Cory. Please take this discussion to Programmers Chat. Then come back and incorporate any useful information into the answer so we can clean up these comments.
Dec
29
comment Is a day really 24 hours long?
@JohnBartholomew - which is why I said "by convention".
Dec
29
comment Is a day really 24 hours long?
@Euphoric - the same argument applies.
Dec
21
comment Are all security threats triggered by software bugs?
@gnat - However, a "bug in the spec" is not a software bug, it's a design bug. Unless you could the design as part of the software of course. It all depends on where you draw the line.
Dec
20
comment What are Web runtime environments and programming languages
If you think the question and your answers are useful then please post the answers as actual answers. As it stands now this post is not a question but more like a blog post.
Dec
10
comment Using PDO with MVC
The duplicate - stackoverflow.com/questions/11369360/… - has answers. Did none of them help you at all?
Dec
9
comment Separating merged array of arithmetic and geometric series
Please be aware that this is part of a contest - codechef.com/DEC12/problems/ARIGEOM
Dec
9
comment Separating merged array of arithmetic and geometric series
Please be aware that this is part of a contest - codechef.com/DEC12/problems/ARIGEOM