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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
21
comment Silverlight, one database per user
@user1741807 - You'll could (indeed should) use a separate connection for the login and the actual data access.
Oct
18
comment What are programmers made to do in spare time in jobs?
@jwenting - Well training should come under "indirectly bringing the company money" - as in making sure your employees are still competent to do their job in 5 years time.
Oct
18
comment What are programmers made to do in spare time in jobs?
That is still work related. You won't be playing games or hiking etc.
Oct
18
comment What are programmers made to do in spare time in jobs?
You are working on a false premise. A developer working for a software company is just like a mechanic working for a car repair shop. If they aren't doing something that brings the company money (directly or indirectly) they are costing the company. If they have spare time then their management isn't doing their job properly
Oct
18
comment What are programmers made to do in spare time in jobs?
However, it's highly unlikely that they'll have nothing to do. There's always bugs to be fixed, new features to implement, new problems to solve.
Oct
17
comment How can I reformat my condition to make it better?
@ThomasEding - given that the question has 8 answers, one of which is accepted, it's probably a waste of everyone's time to migrate this now.
Oct
16
comment Use of keyword “Using” in C# interface
@MainMa - this is where Visual Studio puts the usings in the default templates, so unless Microsoft updates those sometime soon this question is valid.
Oct
12
comment Setting source IP with posix sockets
@tMC - not necessarily. There's no code (for example). I know it's not essential for Stack Overflow questions to have code, but that's certainly one vote against it being migrated.
Oct
11
comment Passing variables from PHP to C++
@DaveRandom - I don't think so. It's a design rather than implementation problem.
Oct
3
comment Ruby: how to step through ruby code
Questions should be migrated not cross posted. You should flag your question for moderator attention to facilitate this.
Oct
2
comment Is it possible for a good programmer to have never used version control?
Definitely need to find out how he managed updates, releases etc without version control
Sep
25
comment Case insensitive keywords in a language
@Kaz - Pretty much.
Sep
24
comment I think client's project will be a flop; should I discuss with him?
@Rachel - What if you were the owner of a plastics mouldings company and someone came to you with an idea for some widget you knew would fail?
Sep
19
comment Windows driver signing
Please don't cross post stackoverflow.com/questions/12495082/windows-driver-signing
Sep
18
comment Should I listen to my employer and use CASE tools?
@Picarus - Yes it should - even if it's handing in your resignation when they told you to do something unethical or illegal.
Sep
18
comment Possible to switch table at runtime using Entity Framework?
Link only answers are bad answers. While it may be difficult is there any information you can include in the answer?
Sep
12
comment if ('constant' == $variable) vs. if ($variable == 'constant')
Related programmers.stackexchange.com/questions/16908/… and programmers.stackexchange.com/questions/118901/…
Sep
8
comment How Facebook's Ad Bid System Works
If that't the thrust of question then can you make it clearer please. In it's current form it's confused several people (me included)
Sep
8
comment How Facebook's Ad Bid System Works
It's unlikely that this question is answerable unless an expert from Facebook stumbles over the question, and even then any answer he gives is unlikely to be probative, due to trade secrets, etc.
Sep
6
comment Getting out of my head
Ben - there's no way for regular uses to vote to migrate from Stack Overflow to Programmers. You have to flag it for moderator attention.