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Apr
18
awarded  Student
Apr
14
answered Does studying logic puzzles help to pass interviews or limit you?
Apr
14
answered Namespaces just seem to be making things more complicated. Am I missing something?
Apr
14
comment Dealing with bad job description and interviewing applicants
I agree with this, but that goddamn "webmaster" title has got to go. You'll never get a decent candidate with that title.
Apr
13
comment What do you call a cron that cksums all your files and writes them to a database?
@george: Well, at least on the admin side, that's what you're talking about is called. And you need to use a repo. Seriously. This is an extremely cumbersome method that won't tell you anything other than that the file is somehow different from the last version. Code repositories are astoundingly useful.
Apr
12
answered What do you call a cron that cksums all your files and writes them to a database?
Apr
8
comment Is it bad that you don't program on your spare time while at uni?
@bobby: The reason it gets my back up is that I do programming and Unix administration about 50/50. So I obviously can't be a good programmer because I don't live it. But I obviously can't be a good Unix admin because I don't live that either. I don't claim to be a rockstar, but I'm competent and experienced, and there is demand for my skills. It irritates me to catch crap from people with a fraction of my experience, not because of any deficiencies I actually have, but because, in their minds, I'm not "serious" enough.
Apr
8
comment Is it bad that you don't program on your spare time while at uni?
@matt: I agree that people who love what they do tend to be better at it, but there are plenty of competent programmers out there who have long successful careers, and don't code in their spare time. As with most careers, the majority of programmers, are just doing it because it's something that they can do which puts food on their plate, and money in their pockets.
Apr
7
comment Is it bad that you don't program on your spare time while at uni?
@matt: You know, before viagra, impotence was a serious problem among porn stars. It's because when you force yourself to do anything, it stops being fun. I didn't say you shouldn't program in your free time. I said you shouldn't force yourself to program in your free time. It is possible to be a decent coder and have a life too.
Apr
7
awarded  Nice Answer
Apr
7
answered Storing sort code / account number on website. Security?
Apr
7
answered Is it bad that you don't program on your spare time while at uni?
Apr
5
revised Emotional attachment to code
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Apr
5
answered Emotional attachment to code
Apr
4
answered unit tests for a csv parser
Apr
4
answered How do you choose to use a specific programming language?
Mar
31
answered Is it always wrong to optimize before profiling?
Mar
30
comment Software updating solution for both Linux/Windows platform
@david: It's pretty much the same with Windows: they use WSUS for OS and MS products, and then GPO's coupled with file shares for the rest.
Mar
30
comment Do you care if the person you're interviewing owns or contributes to Open Source projects?
@michael: David is 100% correct. I've had people tell me that they didn't feel like they could hire me because they were worried I was some kind of OSS mole, and I was out to steal and opensource their code, or that the "viral GPL" was going to be used by OSS lawyers to force them to reveal their codebase. It's all BS of course, but if they believe it, there is pretty much no way to convince them otherwise in an interview setting.
Mar
30
answered Do you care if the person you're interviewing owns or contributes to Open Source projects?