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May
3
comment Should a programmer worry about the technology stack of the shop?
Learned that the hard way... Got a question closed. This is an excellent question, wrong forum. Try on "workplace" which is currently in beta. Seems it would fit marvelously there.
May
1
comment How does agile estimate the time required for a “research phase”?
...I wrote the "update 2" section before reading this, for whatever reason I overlooked it. While it is certainly sufficient, I would appreciate if you could elaborate upon how a lead developer makes an intelligent judgement call in this area. But either way, thanks!
Apr
26
comment A single language to learn to develop desktop and mobile phone applications?
Gooot it. That's actually interesting. I realized that my remark "gross" was out of place. My original interpretation of @AshwiniChaudhary's comment was that ironPython was a language converter that allowed developers to write code in their favorite flavor of .NET, and have it compile to executable Python. "Gross" was in reaction to my philosophical disagreement with language converters of that nature. Clearly I misunderstood the intent of iron python, entirely my fault because after re-reading the comment about it, it's perfectly clear. Thanks for the background/history!
Apr
26
comment A single language to learn to develop desktop and mobile phone applications?
We might just have a philosophical disagreement here. The OP is looking to learn how to learn new languages to target more platforms. There are plenty of languages that do that just fine without an additional middle layer. Maybe I'm a being a snobbish purist, but I think that there are far better options (such as the aforementioned python and java) that don't require the OP to learn a framework in addition to a language.
Apr
26
comment A single language to learn to develop desktop and mobile phone applications?
I think your answer is primarily wrong because you say that the answer is HTML5/Javascript because of PhoneGap. PhoneGap is not a good reason for why HTML5/JavaScript is a good choice. Additionally your response only covers Mobile, whereas the OP's question includes Windows and *nix. Furthermore you don't specifically address how HTML5/JavaScript is a great solution for those platforms (not saying it isn't just saying your response doesn't make it clear).
Apr
26
comment A single language to learn to develop desktop and mobile phone applications?
I could be alone in this sentiment, but PhoneGap seems to provide the lowest common denominator experience on all platforms. I get bummed out when I hear about people using it. Each platform has a very specific UI paradigm. A good app imho is one written natively. Towards that end, HTML5/Javascript is a great underlying tech to go learn, considering the growing opportunity with Windows 8 and future versions of Windows Phone rumored to support the same metro apps.
Apr
26
comment A single language to learn to develop desktop and mobile phone applications?
Interesting. In RE:ironPython... gross.
Apr
26
comment A single language to learn to develop desktop and mobile phone applications?
out of curiosity, is there a historical reason Microsoft does not use python, or were there other reasons you did not include them in your list?
Apr
26
comment How does agile estimate the time required for a “research phase”?
Could you flesh that out a bit with an example of what that looks like, possibly linking to some authoritative sources on the matter for further reading? (or, since I know agile isn't an exact science, cite some agile semi-authoritative sources)?
Apr
25
comment How to be a successful programmer without a CS degree
I was really torn between this answer and the one I selected. Will update the post with a brief explanation as to why I made the choice, linking to a longer explanation should you care to read it. The answer you gave was absolutely critical, insightful, and invaluable. Thank you very much.
Apr
25
comment How to be a successful programmer without a CS degree
Yeah, I'll just kinda throw my hands up in the air. As long as people can use google or stack exchange to at least find the answers, I'm happy. The content needs to be easily discoverable in the future by people who have the same question.
Apr
25
comment How to be a successful programmer without a CS degree
Over at meta (meta.programmers.stackexchange.com/questions/3513/…) I'm actually encouraging them to move it to a more appropriate destination. According to the official FAQ the question isn't appropriate for this forum. However, observing the de facto use of Programmers, I feel that it's appropriate to be here. The moderators can make up their mind where it best fits. To summarize my thoughts on moving it: According to what Programmers is supposed to be it doesn't belong here, but according to what Programmers is it fits perfectly.
Apr
25
comment How to be a successful programmer without a CS degree
THIS. This is very good. In fact I consider this to be a more than valid answer. The marked answer was just a bit more validier... *sigh* so hard to judge with so many great answers :( Wish I could help your rep out more. But since I know you in real life (but mostly through twitter as we've previously discussed haha), I'll have to buy you a beer or some whiskey as a consolation prize.
Apr
25
comment How to be a successful programmer without a CS degree
This is exactly what I was looking for. Thanks! Just about every other response was also good, very few contained anything that was wrong or unhelpful. I'll be updating the question to include a small section about why I chose this, and a link to a blog post that fleshes it out in more detail (the reason for putting such an explanation on my blog instead of Programmers is due to the already HUGE length of the post, as well as the growing number of concerned moderators who already feel the question is ill suited for this site). Stay posted. And thanks again.
Apr
25
comment How to be a successful programmer without a CS degree
thank you @gnat, appreciate the pointer.
Apr
25
comment How to be a successful programmer without a CS degree
I apologize, you are correct. Nobody else suggested CS classes as electives. While it's good advice, and certainly not wrong, some of the other responses have been more thorough and addressed the three questions in better context with the rest of my question. Not to negate any of the advice you give (I give you a +1), it will be taken to heart for sure, sincerely, thank you very much, and again sorry for my mistake.
Apr
25
comment How to be a successful programmer without a CS degree
Oh, and speaking of networking, I'd love to hear more about your story! Sounds like we share a lot of the same path / goals. Feel free to chose whichever contact method works best for you at paulhazen.net/about, and we'll grab that beer.
Apr
25
comment How to be a successful programmer without a CS degree
I feel really bad that I can't mark this as the answer. Like so many of the other responses nothing you say I think is wrong, but you focus entirely on how to further my career when the crux of my question is how to be a successful programmer. While successful programmer implies good career, I'd rather focus on the "successful programmer" aspect, and let the career part be (an important and very intentional) after thought. I do give you a "+1" though for valuable information that answers my question in part.
Apr
25
comment How to be a successful programmer without a CS degree
This is great, thank you for your response. I give a "+1", however I can't mark it as the answer, other responses thoroughly fleshed out the why, as well as identified ways to objectively determine learning goals. None of this negates your response, I take what you say to heart and it is truly helpful, so thank you once again.
Apr
25
comment How to be a successful programmer without a CS degree
Ohhh... that was what was so confusing to me, could you increment the headings or use **bold** text to mark sub-headings? I think it would go along way in improving clarity.