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Jun
16
answered What do you believe is a better of method of learning languages: using books or jumping straight into a project?
Jun
16
answered Best source control system for busy web development team
Jun
16
comment What was Java enterprise programming like before Eclipse?
@el fuser: Yea, I used emacs, mostly. But we're talking about 1995 here. Computers were slower.
Jun
15
revised What was Java enterprise programming like before Eclipse?
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Jun
15
answered What was Java enterprise programming like before Eclipse?
Jun
15
comment Sr. Dev made a database I disagree with. Advice sought
@john: My well, "specialty" is maintaining and modernizing legacy code. I have to constantly fight the temptation to say "this is wrong" because sometimes the thing that looks crazy is just an unfortunate compromise dictated by an irrational reality. Of course, sometimes it's just wrong, but you have to understand what they were trying to do, before you can dismiss it.
Jun
15
comment What special considerations are needed when designing databases to hold financial records?
@joshua: newGnuCash? Hee. Hee. Hee. Hell, GnuCash is open source, so download the source it and pick through it. Really though, if you're just doing a simple credit/debit budgeting system, that doesn't take any special knowledge. The real complexities start showing up when you start dealing with refunds, bad debt, and taxes.
Jun
15
answered Sr. Dev made a database I disagree with. Advice sought
Jun
15
comment What special considerations are needed when designing databases to hold financial records?
Every time I see this question, I get a burst of "Let me lay my experience on you!" and then it goes away because the sheer volume of data is so huge I can't figure out where to start. I would say that it depends on the type of business, the volume of business, and the number of zeroes you're going to be dealing with. In the latter two cases, if you're dealing with a lot, get an accountant.
Jun
14
answered What's the deal with programming languages as strict job requirements?
Jun
11
comment Learning barriers for beginners towards a programmers mind (Study)?
@michael: I am one of those people. I had to take 4 semesters of math, and I've yet to use a single piece of it. I wasn't required to take a single semester of logic, but I took quite a lot of it anyway, and I use it every day.
Jun
10
comment Learning barriers for beginners towards a programmers mind (Study)?
@michael: How about just studying logic? I personally never found math useful unless I was writing a program to do math, while symbolic logic was directly relevant.
Jun
10
answered If you're a .NET developer, does getting the Microsoft Certified Master SQL Server 2008 cert make sense?
Jun
10
comment How do I deal with analysis paralysis?
@anne: It's better to do something constructive immediately, than the right thing too late. The only thing that is sure to be the wrong thing is to do nothing.
Jun
10
revised Interview question: Percentage of time spent coding
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Jun
10
answered How do I deal with analysis paralysis?
Jun
10
answered Interview question: Percentage of time spent coding
Jun
10
answered Would it be realistic for an amateur programmer to obtain a CS degree in 2~2.5 years at a state university?
Jun
10
comment Looking for unpaid interns (2) - am I crazy?
I can't imagine doing an unpaid internship in technology. Unpaid internships are for liberal arts majors, and not even all of those (journalists, even these days, don't do unpaid internships).
Jun
8
comment How do you program effectively when it takes a long time to simply test your code?
@maple: Eh. Syntax errors are sloppy for the most part. When you're kernel hacking, or compiling anything else that takes more than an hour, you need to check and check and check.