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Mar
13
comment How do early version numbers work for new products?
instantrimshot.com
Mar
13
comment How do early version numbers work for new products?
Wow, that's... quite an edit. I'd upvote you again if I could.
Mar
13
comment How do early version numbers work for new products?
I thought about this, but I can't quite wrap my head around what version 0 represents. The difference between 0.1 and 0.2, and between 0.3.2 and 0.3.3, simultaneously do and don't make sense to me according to the "minor release"/"bugfix patch" model.
Mar
13
asked How do early version numbers work for new products?
Mar
2
awarded  Scholar
Mar
2
accepted Why are strings so slow?
Feb
23
comment What should my “code sample” look like?
+1! I've only been asked for a code sample before one interview, but I had a heck of a time trying to figure out what they were judging me on. Was it code efficiency? Creativity? Documentation skill? Preferred indentation style? I have no idea. (I played it safe and got invited to an interview, FWIW.)
Feb
23
comment New grad with my first programming job lined up: What is the advice you wish you had at this stage?
Obligatory Joel Spolsky link (it's relevant though, or at least it might be, since you said "another place still courting me")
Feb
23
revised What is a correct/polite way to inherit from an abandoned open-source project for a new open-source project?
grammar fixes
Feb
23
suggested suggested edit on What is a correct/polite way to inherit from an abandoned open-source project for a new open-source project?
Feb
14
awarded  Nice Answer
Feb
10
awarded  Citizen Patrol
Feb
4
awarded  Good Answer
Jan
27
awarded  Nice Question
Jan
25
comment What are the best practices of Java Swing development?
I appreciate your opinion, but "don't use Swing" isn't helpful for people who end up at this question because they're being forced to use Swing for one reason or another.
Jan
25
comment Design pattern for window management in a Java Swing app
-1. This is a design pattern question. Recommending changing the specs I was given and ending with "I don't know if there is a specific design pattern" doesn't answer it.
Jan
24
asked What are the best practices of Java Swing development?
Jan
24
awarded  Quorum
Jan
24
asked Design pattern for window management in a Java Swing app
Dec
9
awarded  Precognitive