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bio website infosecfrog.blogspot.com
location Scotland, United Kingdom
age 42
visits member for 3 years, 4 months
seen Mar 7 at 13:16

Have mostly coded in legacy languages:

  • 6800 Assembler and hex
  • 68000 Assembler
  • Z80 Assembler
  • COMAL
  • PASCAL
  • Fortran
  • C
  • COBOL

but am vaguely learning C++, Java, Ruby on rails, .NET and other languages and frameworks I come across


Apr
12
answered What do programmers at security firms do?
Apr
11
comment Is job hopping the best way to keep moving and learning at work?
huge generalisation. I work with a number of large dev companies (international/global) and the prospects are awesome. You're not likely to end up running the show, as technical streams and management are separated but progression is quick!
Apr
7
comment Is job hopping the best way to keep moving and learning at work?
@quanticle and @KevinD - absolutely. Yes to both these points!
Apr
7
comment Importance of learning to google efficiently for a programmer?
@Steve - had to check your profile for that. Seems fair enough:-)
Apr
7
answered Is job hopping the best way to keep moving and learning at work?
Apr
7
comment moving from Windows to Linux
+1 Nim: StackExchange has an awesome amount of prior information here. I am most comfortable in flavours of Unix, but currently working in Windows development environment and searching SE has answered almost all my queries in a very short space of time.
Apr
7
comment moving from Windows to Linux
@SK-logic - "if you've got Windows sources"... :-)
Apr
6
comment How to fight absentmindedness
@Berin - I saw your advice, but mine was a little more extreme. Nothing at all, even if the task takes a couple of days. It works for me, and in fact makes you lose your waistline :-)
Apr
6
comment How to fight absentmindedness
I have a variant of the food bit - don't have any food until the task is complete. Once you start getting really hungry the brain gets very focused :-)
Apr
5
comment How to Leverage Clearcase's features
+1 for the knowledge required. I have used SVN a lot in the past and it was quick, did everything I needed and just worked. Current project uses clearcase and the amount of time wasted to get a simple snapshot view I can run my tests on is astonishing. I don't ever need to commit changes back - just carrying out a test role - and CC is wasting about an hour a day. Trying to grab some info from one view and running testing in another using that info - well nigh impossible. And trying to get consistency between win, solaris and aix - forget it!
Mar
30
awarded  Commentator
Mar
30
comment What attributes of PHP make it insecure?
I agree in principle, however there are a number of applications which could not be secured as required using php. I'm specifically thinking high value trading and transactional applications. I think it is more than appropriate for many other applications, however - I think your answer around low entrance barrier is spot on!
Mar
28
answered How should you proceed when somebody rejected a good thing you made?
Mar
28
comment What attributes of PHP make it insecure?
@vartec - nice idea, and in my professional role I help steer universities that direction, but like all the other security professsionals I also demonstrate on a daily basis that no one seems to quite match up to the concept of secure by design. I live in hope.
Mar
28
comment What attributes of PHP make it insecure?
you can make a site More secure, or secure to a point.
Mar
28
comment What attributes of PHP make it insecure?
@vartec - I'd be very impressed in any language that is secure by design. Sure, some have been designed with security in mind, but the best rule of thumb is: if a human can design it, a human can break it. Especially when software development and coding courses still haven't got round to ensuring security has as high a priority as performance or speed.
Mar
22
comment Why do game developers prefer Windows?
False premise - where is evidence that game developers prefer windows? I think @user17674 had it more accurately - they want to develop for platforms so they can sell more and make more money:-)
Mar
21
awarded  Citizen Patrol
Mar
21
comment How difficult would it be to interact with a Facebook poker game?
@Case - you may find that will still fall foul of the terms & conditions...
Mar
15
answered How was programming done 20 years ago?