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bio website twitter.com/KevinLaity
location Calgary, Canada
age 34
visits member for 3 years, 10 months
seen Jun 4 at 17:15
I've been working in the games industry for four years. In software for 5 years. Before that, wrote alot of applications and games in my spare time.

Sep
10
awarded  Yearling
Sep
9
awarded  Yearling
Feb
1
awarded  Great Answer
Sep
10
awarded  Yearling
Aug
3
comment How can I teach a bright person, with no programming experience, how to program?
@quant_dev I realize he's not trying to become 'awesome' but I feel that programming improvement happens in spurts, and usually with alot of effort each time. If he wants to go from "sucks" to "ok" it's still going to be a huge investment, one that he'll probably never feel is worth it, no matter how you slice it.
Jul
28
comment How can I teach a bright person, with no programming experience, how to program?
@quant_dev If he can't invest 3 months, then he'll never be a programmer because he doesn't want it bad enough. He didn't become a great theoretical physicist via casual involvement.
Jul
12
comment What counts as reinventing the wheel?
@Anto: Open source isn't something I generally deal with, but yes that is the exception.
Jul
12
comment What counts as reinventing the wheel?
I like to tell people "I can build anything, but I can't force someone else to build new features into their library, or fix their bugs!"
Jun
16
comment How many questions are appropriate to ask as an intern?
+1 For advocating self-improvement over merely getting by
Jun
13
comment How do software projects go over budget and under-deliver?
I hope that's 12 American Billions ;)
Mar
17
comment Defect statuses: “WON'T FIX” vs “Cancelled”
These descriptions make just as much sense if you reverse them: "The ticket is Cancelled because it's not a bug", "We Won't Fix it because it's trivial"
Mar
10
awarded  Nice Answer
Mar
3
comment How do you track bugs in your personal projects?
@bedwyr Good point, I guess it's a matter of preference. I actually would fix that defect immediately, since we're talking about a small one-man project. If I were in a big corporate setting, different story.
Mar
1
comment How do you track bugs in your personal projects?
@bedwyr if you stick to the rule of fixing all known defects before implementing new features, this is a non issue.
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awarded  Commentator
Dec
9
comment What's your favourite quote about programming?
@Malfist: Yes it is. 0 = 0, 00 = 1, 000 = 2, 0000 = 3
Oct
29
awarded  Guru
Sep
29
awarded  Nice Answer
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27
awarded  Enlightened
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awarded  Good Answer