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answered What are the most common ways used to migrate a Delphi application incrementally to .NET?
Dec
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revised What is your favorite whiteboard interview problem?
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Dec
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revised What is your favorite whiteboard interview problem?
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Dec
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comment Ternary operator considered harmful?
I prefer questions like this to end with "considered harmful?" rather than "evil?" It's sort of a time-honored tradition in programming.
Dec
20
comment What is your favorite whiteboard interview problem?
'spose I could have gone a level deeper and show the candidate an interface that this class implements. The gist is that the original class should not need to be modified - some entry-level developers would love to add stuff to the class to make the request "easier".
Dec
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comment What is your favorite whiteboard interview problem?
In this day and age, yes. We were coding in VS 2005 at the time, hence the sparse syntax.
Dec
15
revised Is there a useful correlation between choice of web-browser/search engine and good quality programmers?
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Dec
15
answered Is there a useful correlation between choice of web-browser/search engine and good quality programmers?
Dec
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answered Going from cutting edge to maintaining legacy projects
Dec
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comment What's the worst question you were ever asked at interview?
I may be wrong here, but isn't that one of big illegal no-nos in pre-hire questioning? (ref: humanresources.about.com/od/interviewing/a/interview_quest.htm - "are you a U.S. citizen?"
Dec
13
comment What should every programmer know about programming?
For that matter, code doesn't exist unless a work item exists which authorizes the developer to write it.
Dec
6
comment Fiction that includes BASIC programs
I don't want to give away any of the plot of the book ;) But I'd say likely not, given the creator of Sigfrid von Shrink.
Dec
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comment How do you react to non-programmers with ideas of 'The Next Big Thing'?
The designer/developer is very active in the forums there - if you find yourself wanting to use the programs, I'd recommend posting your thoughts there to him.
Dec
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answered Fiction that includes BASIC programs
Dec
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answered How do you react to non-programmers with ideas of 'The Next Big Thing'?
Dec
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answered What are the hardest parts of the C++/C#/Java programming languages?
Dec
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comment What programming language generates fewest hard-to-find bugs?
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pascal_(programming_language)#Divisions and en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pascal_(programming_language)#Criticism as well as pascal-central.com/ppl/chapter3.html seem to indicate it was part of the first standard in 1983. I do see some references by Wirth which seem to date to 1974, so I'd say yes it did. I think the problematic part was allowing it to be subverted as such (i.e.the variant fields taking the same memory, like unions in C). If they were simply used as a scoping mechanism and the memory layout were for the superset, it'd be stronger typed.
Dec
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comment What programming language generates fewest hard-to-find bugs?
I don't disagree that it may be necessary - but claiming Strong Typing is somewhat negated by this. Original Pascal didn't allow such shenanigans and therefore was strongly typed. But I wouldn't go so far to call Delphi weakly typed - it's sort of 'medium-well typed'.
Dec
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comment What programming language generates fewest hard-to-find bugs?
I am a Delphi jockey from way back, but it went away from it's Pascal roots when it allowed me to typecast anything to anything else, a la C/C++: var I: Integer; Pointer(I)^ := $00;