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Joel: I have all these opinions ... and no outlet for them!
Josh: Have you tried yelling them at the Internet?
Joel: Almost exclusively! And yet problems still persist!

-"The Grand Opining", HijiNKS ENSUE, by Joel Watson


"On two occasions I have been asked, 'Pray, Mr. Babbage, if you put into the machine wrong figures, will the right answers come out?' ... I am not able rightly to apprehend the kind of confusion of ideas that could provoke such a question."

-Charles Babbage


Hofstadter's Law: It always takes longer than you expect, even when you take into account Hofstadter's Law.

-Douglas Hofstadter, Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid


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.
Sep
24
comment If you could only have one programming related book on your bookshelf what would it be and why?
This is the required textbook for my class this term. I'm heartened that it's on the list here, and that it's so highly rated on the original SO question!
Sep
19
comment How much of your time at work is actually devoted to working?
"When I had a summer internship at Microsoft, a fellow intern told me he was actually only going into work from 12 to 5 every day. Five hours, minus lunch, and his team loved him because he still managed to get a lot more done than average." - Joel
Sep
8
comment If you could only have one programming related book on your bookshelf what would it be and why?
What a great cover.
Sep
2
comment What techniques are used in solving code golf problems?
In other words, is there a "right way" to approach solving a code golf challenge? In other other words, what steps can you take to make sure you have the shortest possible code?