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Dec
22
answered How did JavaScript become popular?
Nov
20
comment Is Java (still) the cross platform language of choice?
@Tim: +1. Getting a webapp app to work the same across all the major browsers is just as hard as getting a Java app to work the same across multiple OS's.
Nov
20
answered What should every programmer know about programming?
Nov
20
answered Are Ruby on Rails / Grails the fastest frameworks for getting sites up quickly?
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Nov
16
answered Where can I get free public raw data?
Nov
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Nov
13
answered Education vs. Experience
Nov
10
answered As a programmer, are you required to do timesheets?
Nov
9
answered What's a nice explanation for pointers?
Nov
2
answered Why is Java the lingua franca at so many institutions?
Nov
1
comment Choosing the right programmer among a class of undergrads
I plenty of those in my masters program, but not too many in undergrad. And the ones I did have in undergrad were typically not worth showing to a potential employer. Right or wrong, undergrad is typically all about solving a problem: for input X get output Y. Design, coding standards, maintainability, performance, testing, etc are all secondary. It's not that I didn't think about those - I had to know them in internships - it's just that they rarely factor into class work. Discrete math problem sets, mergesort implementations, and SML snippets are not enough to pick out good job candidates.
Nov
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answered Does “don't reinvent the wheel” ignore the limits of human memory?
Nov
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comment Choosing the right programmer among a class of undergrads
As an undergrad, most of the code I had written was either (a) for class and not terribly discussion-worthy or (b) for a job/internship and therefore not legal to show others. I suppose some undergrads have side projects they could showcase - and I agree this is often a sign of a quality candidate - but just because you don't, doesn't mean you should be ignored.
Nov
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comment Choosing the right programmer among a class of undergrads
Uh, why the down vote?
Nov
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answered Choosing the right programmer among a class of undergrads
Oct
31
answered Natural language detection for web application
Oct
30
comment Should I use switch statements or long if…else chains?
This sort of thing has been discussed a lot on stackoverflow: - stackoverflow.com/questions/449273/… - stackoverflow.com/questions/767821/… - stackoverflow.com/questions/97987/switch-vs-if-else
Oct
30
answered Taking scalability to the next level. What methods can help me make sure I do the right thing?