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Grey-haired geek, perennial polymath.

I used to develop in Java but I got tired of all the brackets and static typing, so I now play with Python.

In case people wonder about why I am also registered for the English and Chinese Stack Exchange forums, I recently spent a couple of years in China teaching English.


Sep
24
awarded  Autobiographer
Aug
1
awarded  Civic Duty
May
18
awarded  Teacher
Nov
22
answered How do I get people to stop bikeshedding?
Nov
2
comment Advice on designing web application with a 40+ year lifetime
This is solid advice. There are plenty of Cobol programs still running that were originally written 20-30 years ago. Although the technology moves on, if your data and object model is solid, and the data remains of interest, your code will remain in use in some form or other.
Aug
9
comment How do operating systems… run… without having an OS to run in?
+1 for the smile
Apr
25
comment How common is it for a team to write everything in-house?
What is the point of re-inventing the wheel?
Mar
15
comment Maintain a web application once the only developer is gone
@Simon, what is needed here is a bit more information about what the problem is. There is no information about what the software does. If it is genuinely innovative and (potentially) of use to others, Sam's generous offer is a great way forward. Otherwise, some of the other suggestions/answers to this question may be more appropriate, such as steering the family towards other open source software that is already 'out there'.
Jan
17
awarded  Supporter