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Nov
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answered Working for free?
Nov
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comment Which are the significant algorithms for humankind in past decades?
To this list, I'd add 2 books, although they were more about "most important theorems" of the 20th century: Five Golden Rules amazon.com/Five-Golden-Rules-20th-Century-Mathematics/dp/… , and Five More Golden Rules. amazon.com/Five-More-Golden-Rules-20th-Century/dp/0471395285
Nov
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Nov
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Nov
13
answered Is there a viable alternative to the agile development methodology?
Nov
13
comment FizzBuzz - really?
We had a similar situation, but since our contract with the client said we'd have 4 full-time devs assigned to the project, and the project was basically done, the sheetrock hanging guy got to learn programming on the client's dollar for the 3 weeks remaining on the contract.
Nov
13
comment What is the most egregious waste of money you have seen, and what did you do about it?
@Gary, they had money to burn, after all it was the fees from people who invested in mutual funds paying for it. Sometimes they just didn't have time to rewrite applications, and had delayed XP SP2 for a couple years as the changes to the networking stack broke too many custom internal applications (they've since moved to Win7, bypassing Vista). For the systems that I was involved in, there were 4 parallel stovepipes of integration/system testing (for quarterly releases) even though it would take 6-8 months to squeeze through one of the stovepipes.
Nov
12
comment What is the most egregious waste of money you have seen, and what did you do about it?
@Gary, they had some NT 3.51 based computers in their data centers. The story was that the software running on those servers was not certified for running on anything newer. The system I was part of was a huge unix/windows project, and they finally got off of SQL Server 2000 in 2008 (and replaced them with SQL Server 2005). Meh. Finance industry. For all the talk of modern technology, it would not surprise me to find abaci, clay tablets and punch cards tucked in back behind all the fancy blinkenlights.
Nov
12
answered What is the most egregious waste of money you have seen, and what did you do about it?
Nov
11
answered Egoless programming, is it possible or even desirable
Nov
11
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Nov
11
answered Can a non-programmer successfully run a software company?
Nov
11
comment How much time a week do you spend on extracurricular programming?
Yep, me too. I will have more time now that the side job has wound down.
Nov
11
answered What are some things you have read that inspired and guided you as a programmer?
Nov
11
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Nov
11
comment Why do people say that VB gives you bad programming habits?
Flash is also like this. If you don't put the code in external actionscript files, everything is hard to find all tucked away inside event handlers.
Nov
11
comment Why do people say that VB gives you bad programming habits?
@Rook, it does indeed apply. Thank you.
Nov
11
answered Why do people say that VB gives you bad programming habits?
Nov
10
comment What are some famous one-liner or two-liner programs and equations?
@Greg, just wait, APL uses more than the roman and greek alphabets because there weren't enough letters and symbols already; backspace (more properly called "overstrike") is also used because some characters need to be typed on top of other characters. One such was a divide symbol on top of a square, which represented matrix inversion (if unary operator, or multiplication by the inverted matrix if it was used as a binary operator).