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Hello there! My name's Jordan Earls and I'm a programmer. Recently, I've been doing almost exclusively work in .Net with C#, a bit of raw IL, and in some cases a hefty serving of code generating T4(it's the meta-future!). Sometimes I do a bit of embedded/electronic work with C and C++(http://mbed.org rocks, btw). And finally, I have at least some competence in Ruby, Delphi, and Javascript.

I currently work for PreEmptive Solutions on the Dotfuscator team and troll the dotfuscator tag on occasion.

Most of my personal projects are open source and BSD licensed. The majority of them are at bitbucket with the rest of them being listed on github

Also, you can follow me on the twitters @earlzdotnet


Jun
12
revised Why is it rare to collect analytics/usage data in open source software?
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Jun
12
comment Why is it rare to collect analytics/usage data in open source software?
The biggest problem I see with it is that analytics receiving servers are normally centralized and "private". I can't just go and download the usage data for firefox for instance. This, in my opinion, kind of violates the whole open source philosophy that everyone is /relatively/ on level ground. Keeping analytics locked away is like leaving out a crucial document to understanding the program
Jun
12
comment Why is it rare to collect analytics/usage data in open source software?
I understand this viewpoint. However, not everyone feels the same way, and for the people that don't feel it violates their privacy, I'd like to know how the software is actually used, rather than just what issues people are reporting or whatever. I understand people can fork it and remove it (or simply not opt-in).. I wouldn't try to stand in the way of that, but for the people who don't care about some analytics being collected, I'd like to collect them
Jun
12
comment Why is it rare to collect analytics/usage data in open source software?
For analytics, I mean in-application analytics like "oh, you used this way to get to that menu more often than that way... I guess I could remove support for the less common way" and such
Jun
12
asked Why is it rare to collect analytics/usage data in open source software?
Jun
1
awarded  Nice Answer
May
31
revised Looking for meaningful, strong argument in favor of antivirus software on development machines
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May
31
answered Looking for meaningful, strong argument in favor of antivirus software on development machines
May
31
comment Looking for meaningful, strong argument in favor of antivirus software on development machines
@d2jxp yea, but depending on the target, this would be a targeted attack for your company, using custom malware most likely. In my experience AV can't usually detect anything "custom". The best thing to do is download things with care, keep your software up to date (and disable dangerous unneeded things like Flash and Java in browser), and to pay attention to what needs administrator privileges to run.
May
29
awarded  Nice Question
May
29
answered Is the development of CLI apps considered “backward”?
May
22
awarded  Civic Duty
May
16
comment Other than XML, what are some examples of “coding” a GUI design?
@Euphoric good point :) Beyond DOS framebuffer programs, I've never seen it done any other way though :/
May
16
asked Other than XML, what are some examples of “coding” a GUI design?
Apr
30
comment How did they debug segmentation faults before protected memory?
Funny enough... On x86, to set the interrupt table for int 0 you HAVE to write to memory location 0.
Apr
14
awarded  Enlightened
Apr
14
awarded  Nice Answer
Apr
4
comment Does open sourcing your work help you?
I'd argue to say "yes" in most cases, however I'd like to give a HUGE "YES" to if you are writing something that will be used or consumed by other programmers (APIs, tools, etc)
Apr
4
asked Duplicating documentation on interface implementations/overrides good or bad?
Mar
31
comment How often is an average programmer expected to reach flow?
@Giorgio not necessarily. If you have good test coverage in place, you can make your changes assured that if you did something wrong a test would catch it. That being said, I don't have enough experience to know if writing tests first helps or inhibits flow. I also am no scientist, just giving facts about my own personal experience. I've not heard of any studies of flow/"in the zone" stuff