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I've been a programmer for over two decades. I work in Perl and a big pile of legacy PHP.

My book Land the Tech Job You Love is available from Pragmatic Bookshelf.

My Perl news blog is Perlbuzz.

My blog about tech life, including job hunting, is petdance.com.

AIM: petdance

Twitter: petdance, beyondgrep and perlbuzz


Oct
25
comment Is it appropriate to go around your boss to receive an answer? If so how?
Addendum to this: Just because you don't know everything behind what your boss wants doesn't mean that he doesn't have reasons for it.
Oct
25
answered Is it appropriate to go around your boss to receive an answer? If so how?
Oct
22
answered When one should read 'Code Complete'?
Oct
22
answered What can slow a developer down?
Oct
21
comment How do you keep emails short but complete?
The beautiful thing about this principle is that it applies to code as well.
Oct
19
answered Who does test-driven development?
Oct
18
comment Should one use pseudocode before actual coding?
What are "PL" and "TL" that would approve your pseudocode?
Oct
18
answered Do speakers get paid for tech talks?
Oct
18
comment During interviews, how do I gauge a company's respect for my position?
Ask anyway. Ask pointed questions to help get at the truth. It's the same thing a good interviewer does with you. The attitude of "unfortunately you probably won't get an honest answer" doesn't mean you get a free pass, where you can say "Oh, no point in doing my job as an interviewee just because I might get lied to."
Oct
18
answered How do you maximise the knowledge that you gain from a programming book?
Oct
17
answered During interviews, how do I gauge a company's respect for my position?
Oct
16
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Oct
15
answered Is COBOL still worth learning?
Oct
15
comment How to sell a high SO reputation at an interview
I'd like to hear more about how it "was one of the things that got [you your] current job." What did your boss say about it?
Oct
15
answered Is it out of line to give unsolicited constructive criticism to a programmer?
Oct
13
answered How do I improve my coding skills?
Oct
13
answered How can documentation writing be made less unpleasant?
Oct
13
answered Are there laws to protect us from hackers who disclose vulnerabilities prior to alerting the vendor?
Oct
12
answered How do I evaluate if writing a book, article, or presenting at conference is worth it?
Oct
11
answered How do you respond to “Tell me a little bit about yourself.” question in interviews?