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bio website barbecueguy.com
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I started writing programs in 1984 on a TRS-80 in BASIC. In high school (1987-89), I took courses in QBASIC, FORTRAN, Pascal, C, C++. Then I went on to do bigger and better things. I returned to programming in 1999 when I went back to school to get my Bachelor's Degree. I graduated in 2005 from Illinois State University with a CS degree.

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awarded  Yearling
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awarded  Caucus
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awarded  Yearling
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awarded  Nice Answer
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answered string.format with variables vs inline variables
Jan
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comment Do multiple computer screens reduce productivity?
Most of the wait time on a computer these days is due to waiting on the page file to swap. That and shitty tools like McAfee running all the time. The SSD access/read times are so much faster than a normal disk that it makes having a normal hard drive ludicrous. Here's Jeff's take on it... codinghorror.com/blog/2011/05/…
Jan
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answered How to correctly chain overloaded functions?
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answered Do multiple computer screens reduce productivity?
Oct
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comment How do I convince the IT department to relax Antivirus settings on my PC
My new laptop has an SSD, and it made all the difference. I don't even notice McAfee raping my system anymore.
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awarded  Yearling
Aug
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comment How to handle “can you add just a few more fields” type of requests from customers?
@Wayne M thanks for demonstrating the attitude I was referring to. The customers may not understand technology, but they usually are not idiots. It's usually the developer that doesn't understand the business need. Moreover, if adding a feature compromises the integrity of the application, that's a sign of poor application design.
Aug
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comment How to handle “can you add just a few more fields” type of requests from customers?
There is a poor trend in software development for developers to not want to do what the customer wants, because it isn't cool or fun. We developers tend to put our own happiness before the wants of the customer almost universally. However, its not about our fun and enjoyment. Its about the customer. The customer is the one who pays the bills, you'd better make them happy. If you are in the business of writing customizable software, this is part of the job.
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awarded  Nice Answer
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answered How to handle “can you add just a few more fields” type of requests from customers?
Aug
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comment How does EF 4.1 stack up against ADO.NET SQL for stored procedures?
I don't really think the size of the project has that much effect on my decision. However, I'm probably more likely to use an ORM on a large project than a small one. If you are asking about specific ORMs, there's a ton of them out there. They all have their positives and negatives; it's a matter of personal choice. I would probably still choose EF simply because it's included out-of-the-box with .Net4.
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comment How does EF 4.1 stack up against ADO.NET SQL for stored procedures?
@AndyBursh - I do not understand your comment. If the environment was not .Net4, I'd have to change because I couldn't use EF4.
Aug
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answered How does EF 4.1 stack up against ADO.NET SQL for stored procedures?
Aug
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answered Is it time to do away with 'front-end' and 'back-end' as tech jargon?
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comment Why does Microsoft charge a fortune for its developer tools?
Have you actually compared the tools you listed with Visual Studio? There isn't a comparison. Visual Studio is orders of magnitude better than any of those. Visual Studio is, bar none, the best integrated development environment in existence.
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comment What are the pros and cons of having a life partner from the same field?
My wife works in bio-medical research and is bound by non-disclosure agreements; and she can barely turn on a computer. We simply do not talk about work at home. It's great.