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Nov
23
comment Why do some languages recommend using spaces rather than tabs?
If you're programming in proportional width fonts, well, you've got a lot more problems than just tabs to worry about...
Nov
8
awarded  Pundit
Nov
4
comment I keep failing hands on part of the interview, suggestions?
@deadalnix I disagree with your disagreement. :-) I've seen enough good programmers flunk tests and bad programmers pass tests that I think testing is not useful and often counterproductive. IMO, all they do is make the interviewer/HR feel good.
Nov
2
comment How do programmers in the West see programmers in the East?
Usually over Skype. Can't see 'em with a telescope due to the curvature of the Earth.
Oct
20
revised Why do almost all Java jobs (postings and from recruiters) say J2EE rather than the newer JEE versions?
missing word
Oct
13
comment Why is it so difficult to get a programming job?
"Hurting for programmers", meaning that the lack of programmers inflicts pain upon the companies in the region.
Oct
13
comment How can I automate production deployments without experiencing extreme anxiety?
'ls' after 'rm' once allowed me to catch a disasterous rm that was recursing down through hard links up to higher places in the file system. Was able to catch it while there was enough of the system left to use to recover the files that had already deleted (deleting millions of files seems to take awhile fortunately!). :-)
Oct
13
answered Why is it so difficult to get a programming job?
Oct
10
answered Why is C not considered an 'object-oriented' language?
Oct
7
comment Why does Garbage Collection only sweep the heap?
Would be interesting to know. First thought is that nulling out spaces is the most realistic. Traversing a tree of excluded areas may well take longer than just scanning through nulls. Obviously any attempt to compact the stack is fraught with peril! Making that work sounds like a mind-bending/error-prone process.
Oct
7
answered When do 'static functions' come into use?
Oct
7
comment Why does Garbage Collection only sweep the heap?
"sweep the heap" is safer than "whack the stack"... :-)
Oct
7
answered How do I package a J2SE app for sale to a market of buying customers?
Sep
21
comment Why does the Git community seem to ignore side-by-side diffs
I often bounce into code changed by coworkers, often in areas I'm not familiar with. I think I've used side by side maybe 3 or 4 times ever, and could easily have done without. It just depends on what your preferred operating style is. It works for you, I find it unnecessary.
Sep
21
comment Am I a code monkey?
I'm currently part of a "Cargo Cult Cleanup Crew". It's always fun to be able to delete 50% or more of someone's code and not impact functionality at all... :-)
Sep
16
answered Which Java framework meets these requirements?
Sep
10
awarded  Yearling
Aug
26
comment Is the C programming language still used?
Linus doesn't present the best argument, but I understand where he's coming from. Unfortunately the response to Linus' rant completely misses the point. It deconstructs from the typical academic view which is, quite honestly, not of much use when trying to debate a pure "doer". Fundamentally incompatible life views, not even enough common ground to have a decent discussion.
Aug
23
comment Avoid ELSE when setting a variable?
I also have readability concerns about the conditional operator, but being able to easily make it immutable sure is nice!
Aug
10
answered Importance of hobby projects