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The sun never sets on the British vampire...


Nov
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awarded  Nice Question
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awarded  Yearling
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awarded  Notable Question
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awarded  Notable Question
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awarded  Caucus
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awarded  Popular Question
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awarded  Nice Question
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awarded  Popular Question
Jun
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answered How do employers measure “strong or solid knowledge of programming language”?
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awarded  Caucus
May
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comment How do I determine if my code is optimized?
Surely no code can be said to be truly "optimized" by this metric unless the users are as happy with it as they can possibly be?
May
11
comment Should a web developer know how to do slicing?
I'm going to upvote this, because my role is very much that of a "web programmer", working hand in hand with "designers-cum-web-developers". In some setups that's a perfectly sensible division of labour. Naturally, it helps me to know my way around CSS too, but it's not the primary focus of my work... it's much more valuable to have me concentrating on PHP, MySQL and so on and so forth.
Apr
12
comment Pointers in C vs No pointers in PHP
@ThomasX, while I don't want to leap robustly to the defence of PHP or anything, isn't a fairer analogy "a car designed for non-mechanics"? That car is still occasionally going to break down and cost you a packet, of course...
Feb
13
comment Can I advance my career in the USA if I lack local networking?
Surely "having many different jobs" is qualitatively different from "having to apply to many different jobs". You could, at least in theory, get lots of jobs by being approached by people as a result of your networking skills.
Dec
6
comment What are some FizzBuzz-type questions for web or SQL developers?
I could tell the "harder" question was hard when I realised I don't even really know what a cursor is... and I used MySQL every day! :-/
Nov
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awarded  Yearling
Aug
23
answered Avoid ELSE when setting a variable?
Aug
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comment How can I teach a bright person, with no programming experience, how to program?
I'm a little bit sceptical of the claim that SICP is easy to tackle for someone with basic high school maths. I've given it a try on a couple of occasions and kept on stumbling on stuff like "write a proof for x" or "give a concise mathematical definition of x". It's not impossible for a non-mathematician to approach by any means, but I think you may be overestimating the mastery granted by high school maths classes!
Jun
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accepted Why Should I Avoid Inline Scripting?
Jun
27
answered Remote Working & Relocation