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Stack Exchange employee - developer on the Q&A team. Email me on ocoster (at) stackoverflow.com.

I am a C# ASP.NET developer, with a long professional history of work with web and Microsoft technologies.

I am passionate about writing usable and secure software and am constantly learning.

Blog at http://OdedCoster.com/blog.

I have written a blog series about getting good answers on StackOverflow.


Dec
20
comment Creating a We Based Board Game UI - Where should I Begin?
The problem with multiple valid answers - you can't select the correct one. They get voted on by popularity rather than merit. Just doesn't work for us.
Dec
20
comment Creating a We Based Board Game UI - Where should I Begin?
This is not a good question for any Stack Exchange site - it is simply too broad. You are asking for pointers - and you can get many many answers, each of which would be valid.
Dec
15
comment Implement a new Unicode encoding in a suitable open-source text-editor?
Because - recommendations are also off-topic. Please read the help center. And go take a look at notepad++.
Dec
15
comment Implement a new Unicode encoding in a suitable open-source text-editor?
To be clear - you are now asking us to recommend an editor?
Dec
15
comment More than 20 Records Inserted in a Span of 1 Sec
Batching changes, in particular if they are small changes could look like a good strategy.
Dec
14
comment Implement a new Unicode encoding in a suitable open-source text-editor?
This is still very much off-topic. It is much too broad (whole books exist that deal specifically with Unicode encodings). It is still unclear what you are after (are you looking for algorithms for your special encoding? hints about possible implementation? OS hooks? What OS?). This is simply not a suitable question for our format.
Dec
10
comment Is there ever a reason to use an array when lists are available?
is also just as efficient in memory and performance as an array - um. Where did you get that notion from?
Dec
8
comment Is XHTML5 dead or is it just an synonym of HTML5?
@Rob - be that as it may, the spec doesn't call it XHTML 5 - it is specifically XML/XHTML syntax.
Dec
8
comment Is XHTML5 dead or is it just an synonym of HTML5?
@Rob - wasn't when I wrote this answer, 2.5 years ago. Note that the document you link to is from October 2014. It is also talking about the xhtml syntax. It isn't XHTML 5 - it is still HTML 5.
Nov
26
comment Advice needed on rethrowing an exception
No one is saying it is better to lose the stack trace - just that it is better to also preserve the original exception.
Nov
26
comment Advice needed on rethrowing an exception
@Crono - what do you mean how does it hide it? When you catch an exception and look at its message and details, the actual exception is not in the type of your wrapped exception, it isn't in the message. It is inside a property. It is not out there as it would be if you let it bubble up.
Nov
26
comment Advice needed on rethrowing an exception
@Crono - it is hiding information (the original exception is now in the InnerException of the thrown one. If your new exception narrows down the issue (ArgumentException => DivideByZeroException, for example) or adds a good description, it doesn't really add much.
Nov
20
comment I want to understand clearly why can't we instantiate an object of an abstract class
Say you could instantiate such an object. What would happen when you made a call to an unimplemented member?
Nov
8
comment Alternatives to browser based animations
@Jules - I was agreeing with you ;)
Nov
8
comment Alternatives to browser based animations
@Jules - this isn't about a whole application. It is specifically about an approach to animation on the web, but yes, if they don't talk development at all then I am completely in the wrong.
Nov
8
comment Alternatives to browser based animations
Surely this is a better fit for Web Applications?
Nov
6
comment Loop runtime question
Can you figure out a formula for how many times the j loop would execute? Based on n?
Nov
6
comment Loop runtime question
Walk through n = 3. Then through n = 4.
Oct
28
comment How to set an ungoogleable coding test?
+1 - we use Google Hangouts and a shared document (Google doc, or an online collaborative IDE) for code screens.
Oct
28
comment How to set an ungoogleable coding test?
Sounds like a broken process ;) - to catch cheaters, you ask them about their test and the choices they have made coding it (and ask for improvements/additional features). Cheaters will have problems answering and relating to such follow ups.