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-Charles Babbage


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Apr
2
comment How do early version numbers work for new products?
@RossPatterson Upvotes and accepts are semantically different; this answer contains a lot of good information, but I don't think it's "the answer," so acceptance doesn't feel right.
Sep
11
comment What is an example of a good SMART objective for a programmer?
I really like this answer, but I think it might be more appropriate as a response to the "original" question than this question.
Mar
31
comment What reasons might a programmer have for wanting hyperthreading turned off?
@JBK Good question, I don't know, I don't have one of those machines myself.
Mar
18
comment sets of numbers that sum to a certain number?
Were they asking you to write a program or describe an algorithm to do this?
Mar
13
comment How do early version numbers work for new products?
This would be a good answer for some of the related questions I listed in my post -- and, in fact, is pretty similar to some of the existing answers to those questions -- but doesn't really address the "version zero" case I'm asking about.
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.
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")
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.
Nov
3
comment Getting humiliated by your senior programmer
@Jim, yeah, that was intentional, and I addressed it in the last paragraph.
Oct
9
comment Why are strings so slow?
@seh, unfortunately, I actually can't answer that. The few times I've actually asked people what strings are slower than, they just kind of shrug and say "they're just slow." Besides, if I had more specific information, this would be a question for SO, not Programmers; it's already kinda borderline.
Oct
3
comment Should I be a good programmer immediately after college?
@garbagecollector, just wait, a year from now you'll be re-asking my question...
Sep
30
comment When someone asks you what you do, what do you say (e.g. programmer, developer, code monkey)?
I don't use this exact mapping, but +1 for "it depends on the situation." When is that not the right answer, really?
Sep
26
comment Studying more than one subject
+1 for doing some math I never considered.
Sep
26
comment Getting humiliated by your senior programmer
I'm tempted to downvote for "Engineers aren't particularly known for their social skills," but +1 because this is the only answer that hasn't assumed that the senior dev was in the wrong.
Sep
26
comment Getting humiliated by your senior programmer
I also think this is too much of a blanket statement, but not for the same reason as Jim. I've known people who would feel humiliated in this situation even if the senior dev was perfectly reasonable; it kind of depends on how you define "humiliated."
Sep
26
comment int* i; or int *i; or int * i;
+1 because I didn't consider this scenario before.