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Just another nobody out in the world, banging out some code from time to time...


Jan
25
comment Is Groovy going away?
Looking around, nobody I know uses Groovy these days and there aren't any Groovy job listings being advertised in my area. So, sure doesn't look good for it. I'm sure it's in use, but it's not a mainstream technology around here.
Jan
16
comment Developing on a production server
Sometimes it's a requirement. Such as shops that license expensive software and don't have the budget for a second copy just for dev work.
Jan
11
comment What are the Advantages of a “Combined” Getter/Setter VS Individual Methods?
I used to like the get/set split method (thinking it made the code more "obvious"), but I'm finding the overloaded getter/setter pattern more attractive these days. It can make the code cleaner. I've never found myself liking Mr. Fowler's compromise. It seems to me that it's the worst of both worlds.
Jan
8
comment Should your best programmers have to check everyone else's code into source control?
@Doc Brown - One could argue that, but you'd be just plain wrong. :-)
Jan
7
comment Should your best programmers have to check everyone else's code into source control?
This. If you're committing without unit and build tests, having a code review requirement is an imperfect bandage.
Dec
3
comment Test driven vs Business requirements constant changing
I just thought that was normal. When (which is only part of the time) I do TDD I find that I spend way more time writing tests than production code since the conditions keep changing. Doesn't mean it's not useful. Just means you get to write a lot more tests...
Nov
29
comment C Language - K&R 1st vs 2nd Edition?
I loved the first edition of K&R, but it went into recycling a long while ago when I realized it was of no practical use in the world with the second edition (and ANSI C) being the standard. At this point, I don't recall if I even have my second edition book anymore... The compilers I used had so many proprietary extensions that the reference for the exact compiler was all I ever used in practice...
Nov
29
answered Tablets Running IDEs
Nov
20
comment Why aren't more desktop apps written with Qt?
OP: Bash away, you certainly wouldn't be the only one that's not a big fan of Qt... :-)
Nov
9
comment Why does Java use UTF-16 for internal string representation?
That's life in the software world, you have to make choices without having all the data, and when you're wrong you get to live with the consequences for a long time. :-)
Nov
6
comment Monitor screen size and programming ease
2 monitors of the 1900ish to 1000ish range are a realistic minimum. However, the maximum is very similar. Same resolution, but 3 of them. More monitors than that (or higher resolutions) and I start misplacing windows and start wasting time trying to find things!
Oct
25
comment What did programmers do before variable scope, where everything is global?
Just wasn't a major issue back then for most of us. Our applications weren't big enough to matter. RAM and drive space constraints kept things small enough that globals were a non-issue.
Oct
18
comment Why are Java servers so scarce and costly?
I can't see PHP replacing Java. PHP itself is in dire need of replacement. They're BOTH heading the way of COBOL at this point.
Oct
18
comment Why are Java servers so scarce and costly?
Bad question, faulty assumptions.
Oct
16
comment Are there such thing as assembly SDK's?
I've still got my copy of SA 2.0 at home. Excellent library, I didn't make super heavy use of it back in the day, but the parts I needed really helped speed up development work! Just thinking about it makes me want to drag my old 8088 machine out of the closet and start hacking on it again! :-)
Oct
15
comment Hiring developers - listing IDE as a requirement?
@StevenBurnap Eclipse might be a good example of one where experience would be a benefit. Does everything you need, but it's so counterintuitive to use that it takes people a LOOONG time to get up to speed on it.
Oct
10
comment Is it the job of a developer to suggest IT requirements?
This. The IT team has no idea how demanding your app may be. Without that knowledge, providing a server is a stab in the dark. If they don't know and have to provide a server, you're usually going to get something monstrously oversized as they don't want to undersize. Unless, of course, there's no budget, then you'll get stuck on the tiny server and blamed for every performance problem they ever have.
Oct
4
comment How long can a programmer concentrate in a day?
Once you get past all that, about 6 hours seems to be the average "useful" coding time per day.
Oct
3
comment Is the creator of a piece of software bound by the license he gives it?
Hence why some consider the GPL a "virus" that "contaminates" everything downstream. :-)
Oct
3
answered Why would an employer ask for a 'long' code sample?