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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.
Jul
2
comment IntelliJ shortcut key for file path toolbar
Thanks - I couldn't think what it was supposed to be called.
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?
Apr
17
comment Best resources for learning idiomatic PHP
Would you care to elaborate? Surely some ideas about "good" and "bad" PHP usage must have surfaced?
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!