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Scientist and software developer by day, blogger and musician by night. Check out my personal finance blog: MightyBargainHunter.com.


Nov
30
comment How to make people new to programming stop asking me questions and distracting me?
@Marek: Of course. If the OP's time were the only consideration, polite avoidance would be the best way, but I suggested that helping others would solidify his understanding even more under the right circumstances.
Aug
17
comment Do you sign each of your source files with your name?
I was hoping someone would have said this.
Apr
22
comment How does one build skills to be a successful software entrepreneur?
Hmmmm ... I can fully understand that. I'd still try what you can (to what level you're able to ... family comes first) before going out to get a degree. Or read books on running a business, browse OnStartups.SE, etc. This seems like a better use of your time and money than school. (Did I mention that I'm not keen on business school?) :)
Mar
9
comment Eliminating Magic Numbers: When is it time to say “No”?
What about leap seconds?
Mar
7
comment Is it better to load up a class with methods or extend member functionality in a local subclass?
Better over at SO?
Mar
1
comment Interrupting Work Productivity: The Name?
I think the technical term is "clunky".
Feb
10
comment How to make people new to programming stop asking me questions and distracting me?
++ for making money off of the questions
Feb
9
comment Assembly as a First Programming Language?
@S.Lott: Hmmmm ... I guess the particular instruction set does depend on the chip, doesn't it? Good point.
Feb
9
comment Assembly as a First Programming Language?
@S.Lott: Ehhhhh ... don't quite buy that. I can write a "hello world" type program in assembly without worrying about transistors. One doesn't need to be a chip designer to be a programmer. The knowledge you're talking about would be foundations for building or repairing a piano, which is only cursorily related to playing one.
Feb
9
comment Assembly as a First Programming Language?
As a pianist, I'd certainly have found it more interesting to jump right in with some songs, but to become decent you need to practice arpeggios, scales, etc. And then to do really groundbreaking stuff (playing with "prepared pianos" and the like) you need to know how the piano works from the inside out. It's all how well you want to know your craft.
Feb
8
comment How to bag online side projects related to Web development?
Wow. Either the programmers there are fast, or they work cheaply, or both.
Jan
21
comment What's your favourite quote about programming?
@hasen j: ++ for having the humility to ask that
Dec
18
comment What is a good speed for a webscraper?
How often do you need to scrape the pages?
Dec
17
comment If you could ask one technical interview question, what would it be
@Rob Z: Well I'll be darned. Learn something new every day!
Dec
17
comment If you could ask one technical interview question, what would it be
"If I ever find someone who knows the answer already I'll count that as a pass." But if they know the answer already, what have you shown? They probably know why a manhole cover is round as well. That's the problem with these kinds of well-known questions. With time they go stale.
Dec
17
comment If you could ask one technical interview question, what would it be
I might be able to come up with a few, but I wouldn't post them here. I'd be tipping my hand. All I'd realistically be able to tell is that they found the question on the Internet and memorized the answer.
Dec
15
comment Is a developer-driven product a good thing?
The majority of advice I've heard on success involves "Stop talking about a good idea and start doing things to make it happen." A developer implementing his/her good idea stops talking and starts doing. So the answer to the question (in the title) is, "Yes, a developer-driven product is a good thing." If that's cliche then I'm sorry.
Nov
1
comment Not specifying a return in a function, good or bad?
Your opening and closing braces don't match up.
Oct
27
comment Why does adding more resource to a late project make it later?
@Peter: Edited my answer.
Oct
26
comment What popular “best practices” are not always best, and why?
@Robert: Then what is the point of disagreement with the statement that "Premature optimization is the root of all evil"?