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Aspiring software engineer for the healthcare industry. Currently studying Computer Science at The University Of Waterloo.

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Jun
4
answered Can modifications to open source project be considered trade secret?
Jun
2
comment I'm having trouble learning
@MasonWheeler Mutation and state is certainly important, but there's no reason why you need to expose it to students right away. There's plenty of other useful things you can learn first, and then build up to state and mutation. Certainly the perspective on code you get from this path is very useful in the real world.
Jun
2
comment I'm having trouble learning
@RocketSurgeon Why not? It's certainly a much simpler language to use than most. Not having to worry about state can really simplify learning how to program.
Jun
2
comment I'm having trouble learning
@MasonWheeler It seems like many of the all-star CS universities and colleges in North America disagree with you (MIT, Stanford, Waterloo). Scheme is great for teaching the fundamentals of programming. Functional programming in general is a great way to learn the basics of programming without the complexity of mutation and state. And it's becoming more and more relevant in "real-life" programming. It's no coincidence that every major language is now getting many functional features like first-class functions.
Jun
1
revised Is dependency injection by hand a better alternative to composition and polymorphism?
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Jun
1
answered Are More Comments Better in High-Turnover Environments?
May
31
comment Are There Metrics For Cohesion And Coupling?
This might help with that: aivosto.com/project/help/pm-oo-cohesion.html
May
31
comment Are There Metrics For Cohesion And Coupling?
@OnorioCatenacci No problem. :)
May
31
answered Are There Metrics For Cohesion And Coupling?
May
30
comment User defined type for healthcare / Medical Records variable name prefixes?
@Rig you don't need Hungarian notation. In fact, it is widely consider bad practice to use it today. It became popular in the days when you couldn't just mouse over a variable in your IDE to get all it's type information. Today, IDEs make Hungarian notation obsolete.
May
30
revised Using static in PHP
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May
30
comment User defined type for healthcare / Medical Records variable name prefixes?
The same point applies to abbreviating parts of variables. You are reducing the clarity for a lot of other developers. I would still prefer a 20+ character variable to an unclear, non-standard abbreviated variable.
May
30
comment User defined type for healthcare / Medical Records variable name prefixes?
@Ryathal abbrevations are only ok when most people can deduce what the full word is supposed to be. If an abbreviation is too terse (or worse yet, in Latin) you risk other developers not knowing the meaning of your identifiers.
May
30
answered User defined type for healthcare / Medical Records variable name prefixes?
May
29
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May
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awarded  Enlightened
May
29
answered In need of a divide and conquer approach for re-writing small open-source utilities
May
29
comment Stuck due to “knowing too much”
@MSalters It's tricky, which is one of the reasons I didn't recommend this in my answer. However if you wanted to choose this route, I would partition the input space into several disjoint and complete classes: (Cache miss, cache hit), (Cache empty, cache non-empty), etc. This shouldn't generate a lot of tests. Once this is in place, then write your code to pass those basic tests. Next, I would use some code coverage tool to see what parts of the code aren't covered by the current test set, and add tests as required.
May
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awarded  Good Answer
May
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awarded  Nice Answer