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Jan
25
comment Do you prefix variable names with an abbreviation of the variable types? (Hungarian Notation)
@Paperflyer: Thanks for the update; it has a bearing on the correct answer.
Jan
25
comment Do you prefix variable names with an abbreviation of the variable types? (Hungarian Notation)
I'd vote this up 50 times if I could.
Jan
25
comment Do you prefix variable names with an abbreviation of the variable types? (Hungarian Notation)
What programming language are you using?
Jan
24
comment How should I evaluate a training class?
+1 I like the pre-course test idea.
Jan
24
comment Preserving version control commit history vs Refactoring and Documentation
+1 Also, relying on code for communication means that information that would be in the history is also present in comments, violating DRY.
Jan
23
comment Writing or extending existing emacs packages: is it worth or should I move to Netbeans/Eclipse?
The best answer to this question will depend on two other questions: (1) What do you like about Emacs? and (2) Why do you want to write extensions?
Jan
21
comment Why is cleverness considered harmful in programming by some people?
@Orbling: Yes, but don't forget instant gratification.
Jan
21
comment Can there be too much uniformity in coding standards?
+1 good point about IDEs
Jan
18
comment Can anyone recommend coding standards for TSQL?
@Jon: no hard errors, just subjective things like singular table names, hatred of triggers, etc.. BTW, "SELECT *" is fine inside an "EXISTS()".
Jan
17
comment License for freeware but closed source application
@David: I missed that part in the question. I'm not sure how the GPL would work if the OP doesn't at least make the source code available on request.
Jan
16
comment Programming languages that improve your programming skill in general?
+1 for a good reason to use FORTH
Jan
16
comment What's more important: To write programs fast or to write fast programs?
Being able to write programs fast gives you more time to experiment with algorithms, so it's not necessarily an either/or thing.
Jan
16
comment Why is Visual Basic easier to learn than Java for COBOL developers?
@Jason: I would recommend reading the link Arjang posted, but the "tl;dr" version is that without implementation inheritance, you can't inherit instance variables either. That makes a huge difference.
Jan
14
comment Ruby but not Rails on my Resume
+1 for leaving an opening for the plain Ruby opportunity
Jan
14
comment When is a BIG Rewrite the answer?
+1. Also, the rewrite will take time, during which maintenance will have to be done, but the same changes will need to be done on both code bases.
Jan
13
comment How will you handle NULL values in your application?
+1 and if your RDBMS supports extended properties, that would be a good place to record the justification and meaning of nullable columns
Jan
13
comment Hand over source code to customer
Maintaining their application is a perfectly good reason to want source code.
Jan
12
comment Been doing .NET for several years and am thinking about a platform change. Where do people suggest I go?
+1 for "Windows programming as it has always been"
Jan
12
comment What are useful metrics for source code?
+1 More source code is not necessarily better.
Jan
12
comment Is it bad code smell if private method calls public one?
An unpleasant surprise resulting from overriding a public method is a code smell in itself. A code stench, actually.