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I've spent the last 20 years working with IBM midrange computers (System 38, AS/400, iSeries and now IBM i) writing various flavors of RPG (II, III, ILE and SQLRPGLE) as well as using LAMP stacks to provide web-based solutions. My favorite language is C++ though I've rarely had the opportunity to use it professionally. I've also been paid to write assembler, Basic, C and Java code though I'm definitely not an expert in any of those languages.

I've had several different titles over the years: Programmer/Analyst, Small Business Owner and Grand High Vizier of the Last Cube on the Left among them. Nowadays I'm labelled a Systems Architect though I'm still a programmer at heart and do my best to write some code on a regular basis.


Oct
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awarded  Yearling
Mar
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comment Looking for boxes to store 8.5 x 11 papers
If you're in the US you could take a look at ULine, they have all kinds of boxes. I recently bought some to pack my hardback books before our move to another state.
Feb
27
answered How to create a weekly nutrition schedule?
Feb
11
comment How to understand complex topics faster?
@thursdaysgeek - my personal guideline for whether something is a comment or an answer is: if my "answer" fits in a comment and doesn't provide links to other resources - it's just a comment :-)
Feb
11
comment How to understand complex topics faster?
In both mathematics and computer science one of the best ways to learn something new and complex is practice - a lot. Learning recursion? Great! After you do your homework look up some other problems that can be solved with recursion and write the code necessary to solve them. Eventually the concept will "click" for you and you'll be able to build on that understanding.
Feb
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awarded  Fanatic
Jan
29
awarded  Editor
Jan
29
revised What would you include in an end-of-day routine?
Corrected spelling/grammar errors.
Jan
29
suggested suggested edit on What would you include in an end-of-day routine?
Jan
15
answered Not being able to finish/not satisfied by the day's work
Dec
27
comment Code formatting (custom vs standardized) impact on productivity
It seems like a given that code formatting does indeed help programmers - I don't know of any IDE that doesn't format code and the only editor I can think of that doesn't do any formatting of code at all would be something like Notepad in Windows. (And I don't know anyone who writes code using Notepad) Like Jeanne, I don't understand your question.
Dec
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awarded  Critic
Nov
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comment How long have you felt confident as a good programmer? And what you did to make it happen faster?
These are all great suggestions +1. The only thing I'd add is to learn something about operating systems and databases and how they work "under the covers". You don't need to understand that stuff deeply but I think it's beneficial to have at least a high level understanding.
Nov
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awarded  Enthusiast
Nov
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comment How to solve problems while walking
I can't imagine trying to write on anything while I'm walking - what about using a voice recorder? (Smart phone or a separate device) You could create an audio recording of your thoughts on how to solve the problem(s) and then later when you're at your desk you could write out the solutions.
Nov
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answered Zero productivity in programming
Nov
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answered How to score better in competition exams?
Nov
8
comment Third Place, Where to get things done outside or workplace and home
@dwwilson66 - Sadly no, I still haven't been able to find an "outlet tree" :-) I figure the smart people will invent reasonably sized/priced portable fuel cells about the time I retire...
Nov
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awarded  Vox Populi
Nov
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awarded  Suffrage