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Developer's Corner / Re: GUIDs... Conservation is the key
« on: January 28, 2010, 12:50 PM »
Yes.  We must conserve!!

Download this Bumper Sticker and plaster it everywhere you can.


*This is about the extent of my Photoshop skills  :huh:

Living Room / Re: Ten Words You Need to Stop Misspelling
« on: January 28, 2010, 11:49 AM »
There is one particular grammar mistake that really irks me: a/an usage.

People that misuse them tend to fall into 2 groups:

Native English speakers that tend to overuse "a".

  • Examples: a apple, a egg, a ice cream cone, a octopus, a umbrella

Non-native English speakers that tend to overuse "an".

  • Examples: an ball, an computer, an shirt.

The native English speakers bother me more than the non-native ones, since this is something you should have learned early on in grammar school.

I agree.
The other one that 'irks' me even more is Me  versus I
All through grade school the teachers were pounding into the students, "Mary and I go to the market".

Yet, today, I cringe when I hear a statement like, "At the party it will only be William and I"
Subject versus* Predicate.

*Writing this post reminded me of two more (seen in written language):
per say  (to mean per se)
verses  (to represent versus)

And then there is the ubiquitous, "ect."  Which shouldn't be a problem for anyone who has worked on the command line in Unix

Living Room / Re: Tech Talk: Linus Torvalds on git
« on: January 28, 2010, 11:44 AM »
... I've never seen git in action.
Let me encourage all who read this to give it a try.  Coming from the same world as many of you (Subversion, etc) I feel like I have wasted a lot of time and effort clinging to what was 'comfortable' and 'familiar'.
Now I am a big zealot for git and use it in many different ways.


When asked, in job interviews, if I can code in VB my reply is usually:
"Yes.  But I always wash my hands afterwards"

I would like to say that I enjoy many languages.  When I spend much time with Javascript I enjoy it.
Recently, my work has forced me to do a lot with C# and I must give Microsoft proper credit for creating a language with the right 'feel' and not too much baggage.
But if I was cornered to name one language as a true favorite it would be Ruby.

Living Room / Re: Bad Code Offset
« on: January 27, 2010, 04:02 PM »
Thanks, Eóin.
I just fixed that.

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