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I graduated from Washington State University in Computer Science (undergrad + masters). I've spent over 10 years in software development for a National Laboratory, a startup engineering company, and a nuclear processing plant. This has provided me with a diverse set of experiences and skills. I have worked extensively with C++ (w/ MFC, STL, & Boost), C#, Python, and Qt. I'm also comfortable with VB.Net, and HTML/XML, as well as tools like Visual Studio, JIRA, and Subversion. I have a strong background in mathematics & graphics and have delved into graph & network theory, information visualization, data analytics, SCADA/HMIs, and artificial intelligence.

Also, I'm not quite as old as I look.

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Dec
5
comment What is the benefit of the MoSCoW technique?
I believe you meant "YAGNI"
Nov
17
comment How can I mock this architecture?
Perhaps I'm missing something but "insert into dictionary" is precisely the step that I can't figure out how to do. I can't just alter the characteristics of H2O because (1) I need a naming convention to identify the unique characteristics of each Mock Component (otherwise it would be terribly confusing to maintain the tests), and (2) I still want to test H2O (and CO2, and Na, etc) so I can't just arbitrarily change their characteristics for the tests.
Nov
17
comment How can I mock this architecture?
I wouldn't mock away Int32 because it is already a simple value. In my case, the enums are functioning as keys which "point" to specific complex data structures. For my tests, I want to be able to point to simplified data structures. So it is not the Container that needs an interface so much, as the ChemicalComponents within the Container
Nov
17
comment How can I mock this architecture?
It's not some "dependency" I want to ignore in this case, it's "complexity". The actual Materials in this Container have complex physical characteristics (e.g., atomic weight, specific gravity, etc). For my tests, I want to "invent" arbitrarily simple materials (i.e., "fake" elements, so to speak, with manually selected physical values that are chosen to test boundary conditions and so on). And, btw, I'm looking for a solution precisely because it will make my life simpler.
Oct
17
comment How can I mock this architecture?
@RobertHarvey: "Mocking" my title, are you? I guess I should have unit tested that too. :)
Oct
17
comment How can I mock this architecture?
@Euphoric: Great question. I guess I am being inconsistent there, aren't I? I intended it to be just predefined values in the program itself, but I wanted to be able to use diferent values in the Unit Tests. Hmm, I'll have to think abou that...
Oct
17
comment How can I mock this architecture?
@Euphoric: typo; fixed
Sep
2
comment How do developers deal with “where to start” problem in a context of overwhelming difficulties caused by too much heterogeneous information?
I'm having difficulty knowing "where to start" answering your question due to the difficulty of too much heterogenous information. You need to refactor your post to clarify exactly what your question is.
Jun
17
comment invoking methods within a conditional expression
I appreciate your point of view and agree with your conclusions. I also agree that Hunt's excellent guide (which I use and recommend to others) is due for an updated version. Are you listening Lance?
Jun
16
comment invoking methods within a conditional expression
Ahh, I misunderstood Lance's statement altogether. (I thought he was discouraging if (x) doThis() else doThat(), which of course would be a completely untenable restriction.) Perhaps he could have reworded his guideline as "Avoid invoking methods within a boolean expression", but then again, I'm probably the only doofus who misunderstood. Thanks for a complete and thoughtful answer.
May
15
comment Helping someone who is not and never will be a professional programmer write code that is more legible and usable to use and interpret
I just added one last sentence in the 3rd point. Perhaps the most important of all. Re-read your post and honestly ask yourself if that's the way you are coming across to others.
Mar
18
comment Does Serialization preclude the use of Dependency Injection?
@RobertHarvey- OK. Lights are starting to come on. Perhaps I don't understand Serialization properly. I want to instantiate my objects based on a detailed xml configuration file. I thought I could get boost by using the built in Serialization tools. So for my purposes, nothing has been constructed before -- it's just been defined in an xml file. I was hoping that Serialization could automatically instantiate my objects, assuming I set up the xml file properly. Am I mistaken here?
Mar
18
comment Does Serialization preclude the use of Dependency Injection?
@RobertHarvey: I'm feeling a bit dense, but I don't quite get you. What's a "parameterized instructor"? (typo?) Once an object has been de-serialized, I can't construct it again. Are you suggesting I use property/setter injection on a default-consructed object?
Feb
25
comment ASP.Net or WPF(C#)?
It has been a few years now. I'd love to hear what your final decision was, and how it worked out for you.
Feb
21
comment How to manage accidental complexity in software projects
Ahh, but you seem to have been able to write a clean answer to this question on your first try. (And a very cogent one, at that.) Maybe you're just Feynman in disguise.
Feb
21
comment How to manage accidental complexity in software projects
@pdr: As a dev lead, I am considering a requirement for interns and rookies that peer assistance requests are put in writing for precisely that reason. (It sounds a bit draconian, so I probably won't enforce it, but the lesson is a powerful one.)
Feb
6
comment When do you rebuild an application or keep on fixing the existing one
@WarrenP, I agree with Peter: When the code contains hundreds of huge monolithic functions, highly coupled in a tangled spaghetti of undocumented connections (combined with stratified layers of unused boneyard code), creating unit tests can be more demanding than a re-write
Jan
21
comment What are the advantages to developing with outdated technologies?
@RobbieDee -that gives user114764 just enough time.
Nov
4
comment Is 500 million lines of code even remotely possible?
@FrustratedWithFormsDesigner: Go ahead -- count it all. I still think getting all the way to 500M LOC (over 10x the size of Windows 7) seems preposterous. (Not to mention impossible).
Sep
19
comment Is it appropriate for interviewers to ask candidates for their Stack Exchange user name?
"I have never been employed to contribute to Stack-Exchange, and until that changes, it's completely part of my private, personal life." You make a strong point (and this is exactly the issue that I was wrestling with in my question). So does that mean that you would consider the following interview question overly intrusive: "Do you consider your SO/SE-Prog profile to be fairly representative of your professional expertise and communication skills?"