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Sep
1
awarded  Yearling
May
1
comment Why don't more languages have the ability to compare a value to more than one other value?
SQL offers that: where A IN (B, C)
Mar
26
awarded  Popular Question
Oct
2
comment What To Do If I've Found a Vulnerability In a Possible Future Employers Site?
Is it really a duplicate question? Because dealing with a competitor is not the same as someone you are in the process of interviewing with. You don't want to hurt your job prospects, and that's not something that is part of the consideration with a competitor.
Sep
1
awarded  Yearling
Aug
14
comment When using int's as boolean values, is it in poor form to use 0's and 1' directly?
Plus, it cannot be safely assumed that other developers have only encountered 'false will always be zero and true will be non-zero.' That's not true in all languages, so it's really nice to have it declared for those of us who can never remember what flavor of bool we're using now.
Jul
19
comment Where does paypal's 92233720368547800 number come from?
Why are the numbers in the question and answer not the same?
Jun
28
comment Should we be looking out for lying code?
If the code has been accepted as bar, then the documentation is wrong and outdated. But if foo and bar are closely related, and the users haven't noticed that it doesn't quite solve their problems as they expected, then perhaps the documentation on foo is not wrong? In other words, is the code really the be-all and end-all of what the code should be doing?
Jun
28
comment Should we be looking out for lying code?
If the documentation says that the code should do foo, and the code does bar, does that mean that bar is what the code should be doing? Or are we assuming that bar is the correct action because we never read the documentation, because the code is always correct?
Jun
28
comment Should we be looking out for lying code?
The original question was about documentation, but I'm not convinced if the documentation says the code should do one thing and the code is doing something else, that it is the documentation that is wrong. But perhaps that is still not a lie?
Jun
21
asked Should we be looking out for lying code?
Jun
20
comment What's with the aversion to documentation in the industry?
A lot of the answers are emphasizing documenting what the code does, which is done best though the code itself. But what about documentation about the business needs behind the code, where parts of the program are stored, database and other program links, installation notes, contact information for various types of users, and whether bug #38243 was actually resolved? Should all of THAT go in the code too?
Jun
20
comment What's with the aversion to documentation in the industry?
@RobertHarvey, ok #3 and #5 are in direct opposition to each other.
Jun
20
comment What's with the aversion to documentation in the industry?
Code can lie. The customer may have wanted something, and it was coded to do something else. So if all you have now is the code, it is right?
May
1
revised What tools do you use to manage requests from users?
Added reasons for my answer
Apr
10
comment How can one measure contributions to a project?
@AvnerShahar-Kashtan - most definitely! I'm a decent plodder, but I do help others do better work. I recognize the high and low performers, but also can encourage better and happier work out of all of us, in a way that management would never be able to see, and certainly not quantify.
Apr
10
comment How can one measure contributions to a project?
And yet, when we're part of that team, somehow we can tell who the high performers are.
Apr
8
comment How do you store “fuzzy dates” into a database?
@JimmyHoffa - I agree, but I think in some cases it is because of a limitation in the date type, and it's still something that would be very useful in real life.
Apr
8
comment How do you store “fuzzy dates” into a database?
@JimmyHoffa - you've never run into a fuzzy dates scenario, or one where you needed to compare dates? In either case, a common one is a medical history: you remember that the appendectomy was last year on April 1, but the tonsilectomy was sometime in 1975, and something else happened during May and June of some year. What if you want to know if some medical event was before or after some other medical breakthrough? Did this happen before or after they were checking the blood supplies for HIV?
Mar
14
comment Error handling - Should a program fail on errors or silently ignore them
The best answer so far, in my opinion.