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Software Developer in Cape Town, South Africa


Jul
30
comment Teaching Programming: drawbacks of using unit tests in problem statement for assignments?
Thanks - your suggestion is more or less as I have done now, I see the value of letting the students learn to interpret not completely specific questions as practice for The Real World.
Jul
9
comment What can a senior programmer do that a junior can't?
+1 I'm not far enough in my career to give a good answer. One aspect I think is the amount of ownership of a product or feature.. ability to choose technologies and start working without needing an overseer.
Jul
3
comment What's the best way to get up to speed with Java?
Seems like he's done some coding in other languages, but point taken.
Jul
2
comment Tips for a novice PHP developer to drive down long-term maintenance costs
They're all awful, I went with ExpressionEngine :). I kid, of course. My clients were using EE for another site, so I stuck with that. +1 - but I'm still holding out for discussion of other aspects. Once I'm done I may write up my own answer.
Jun
8
comment How can I make tagging work for the concept of “all”?
That would require my code to process the abstract parent tags differently from normal tags. I need to think about this some more.
May
28
comment How can I make tagging work for the concept of “all”?
Unfortunately they'll still have to put tags in about other aspects of the info, so there would never be a completely untagged entry. It would have to be "untagged-with-relation-to-X" tag, pretty similar to an "all-X" with special properties...
May
28
comment How much better is Apache Solr than its non-Java competition?
I ended up going with Zend_Search_Lucene, thanks for the tip
Apr
21
comment How much better is Apache Solr than its non-Java competition?
Right - hadn't thought of that.
Apr
21
comment How much better is Apache Solr than its non-Java competition?
No worries - helped me realise that I needed to edit the question.
Apr
21
comment How much better is Apache Solr than its non-Java competition?
That would require allowing remote access to the database, but thanks for the idea.
Apr
21
comment How much better is Apache Solr than its non-Java competition?
Right. Well that's what I don't know, and the reason why I was asking :).
Apr
21
comment How much better is Apache Solr than its non-Java competition?
so are you saying that there are no non-Java solutions that can touch Solr for functionality?
Mar
15
comment Resources on how to relate structured and semi- / un-structured information
Algorithms of the Intelligent Web looks promising.
Mar
15
comment Resources on how to relate structured and semi- / un-structured information
I'm not sure how it came across this way, I'll reword - I've read these
Dec
15
comment Separate servers vs local machine for builds, issue tracking etc on solo project
It's a postgrad research project that will last for at least a year. Based on previous experience in industry I know that I want to do this with a bit more process than the average academic project.
Dec
7
comment Tips for a novice PHP developer to drive down long-term maintenance costs
I'm still interested in hearing about the code style side of things!