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bio website timothyawiseman.wordpress.com
location Las Vegas, NV
age 34
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A SQL Server DBA that dabbles in Python, Linux, and math. On the rare occassions I have time, I play Go.


Feb
24
comment Is it possible for a good programmer to have never used version control?
@linquize Oh agreed. That is one of the better ways to do it (though not quite the only one). I simply mention that I have met many competent professionals and a skilled amateur that did not have experience with source control, especially on the DBA side. In hiring, I would hold a reluctance to learn source control against a potential new hire, but I would not be overly surprised at not having used it before, especially if they were used to a small team and were mostly on the database side.
Oct
22
comment Why is the use of abstractions (such as LINQ) so taboo?
@MatthewPatrickCashatt I see your point, but a balancing factor is you don't want to follow every trend just because it is newer. I'll happily follow a new tech that fits into one of two categories. 1. It excites me and I'm willing to spend my free time on it. 2. It proves itself to actually be better and seems like it will last long enough to make it worth the investment. Trends that do not fit into one of the two categories are a gamble at best.
Oct
22
comment Why is the use of abstractions (such as LINQ) so taboo?
@MatthewPatrickCashatt At least in the places I have worked, abstractions are NOT taboo per se and we have made use of LINQ at times. With that said, the last time I did performance testing (an earlier version, may have improved by now) the perfromance difference between LINQ and hand tuned T-SQL was huge, far too much to justify the advantages of that particular abstraction.
Oct
8
comment How important is self-teaching in the programming field?
Fully Agreed. In hiring, I prefer someone who has both a degree to show theory and has learned technology on their own, but I'll take the one that learned tech on their own over someone with just a degree any day. The degree does matters, but showing initiative, passion, and the ability to learn on your own matters more. I'm mostly self taught in terms of programming (my degree is in theoretical math) and it has worked well for me.
Oct
2
answered Is it possible for a good programmer to have never used version control?
Sep
30
comment What is the relevance of resumes in the age of GitHub, Stack Exchange, Coursera, Udacity, blogs, etc.?
@kojiro Good point, if you google my name I do show up on the first page, but so does an attorney, a baseball player, and a historian (which one comes up first seems to vary). Go a bit further and we also get an art director and an inmate with the same name.
Sep
30
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Sep
30
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Sep
30
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May
13
answered I'm graduating with a Computer Science degree but I don't feel like I know how to program