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#682182 where is everybody

Posted by lespauled on 16 May 2016 - 05:52 AM

That's because before it was once a thriving forum with great people, who genuinely liked helping beginning programmers over any hurdles they would encounter along their path.


Over the years people have come and gone.  But the base of knowledgeable people, willing to share their expertise remained intact.


One of the MANY reasons that these people stopped coming was an increasing number of new "programmers" who had no interest in learning anything.  They just wanted the answers, and because belligerent when we explained that we don't hand out answers, but we do give guidance on how to solve your issue.  Being able to figure out problems on your own is a vital skill that will stay with you, far beyond the programming realm.


There are only so many times that you can take the time to help someone, and have them essentially slap you in the face for your efforts.  Veteran programmers have better things to do with their time than to deal with ungrateful people.  I wrote many blog postings here on this subject, since taken down as I began to distance myself from this forum.  One of these postings was about how, as a consultant, we get paid very well for our expertise.   To share our expertise, and to have some clown try to belittle us for not hand feeding him is a complete waste of time, and something we do not need.


That started with a very small amount of beginner programmers, but soon became the norm.  That was the main reason I began to pull away from this forum.   


Another, the death knell, was the change of ownership.  It takes an extreme amount of effort to maintain order on a forum like this.  It's almost a full time job, and the previous establishment was fantastic at it.  When they moved on, the new owner was unable to put in the same amount of effort.  Thus, the spam overran the place.  That's when the bulk left.


Although unfortunate, it seems like this once thriving forum is now just a handful of people, and those rankings you spoke of are on a steep decline.

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#682041 where is everybody

Posted by lespauled on 12 April 2016 - 09:09 AM


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#681732 why does it take so long to get a response to a question asked

Posted by lespauled on 24 February 2016 - 07:34 AM

This pretty much describes this board now:



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#680826 I give up.

Posted by lespauled on 27 October 2015 - 07:33 AM

WP, it is truly sad, but I concur.  I just never thought about making it official.


It's the nature of coding sites.  People come and people go.  Unfortunately, it seems like the last regime change was the death knell.   I guess most people don't understand the amount of commitment needed to keep a site like this alive.  It's like a second job.  Moderators are like Offensive Lineman in (American) Football: You don't appreciate them until something happens for you to miss them.


Since joining, I have met a lot of programmers (including beginner programmers) that are genuinely appreciative of your time and knowledge.  Those beginner programmers also appreciate the fact that we don't hand feed them the answer, but help them discover the answer for themselves, which helps to solidify the answer in their head as well as boost their confidence in their ability to figure problems out.


The thing that makes it "worth it", is those private messages thanking you for your help on a problem, and hearing that they got their degree.  I wish those people the best in life.  I'm sure they will be successful.


Unfortunately, there have been a bunch of belligerent beginner "programmers" that do not appreciate anything.  They "expect" the answer being given to them.  They don't appreciate that they are getting help from a working professional consultant that would cost them close to $200/hr in the private sector.    In my (no so) humble opinion, They don't have the drive necessary to be a real programmer, and should either change their attitude, or change their focus on a profession..  


I still check the board every other day or so.  But it has become less and less frequent.  So, I won't be giving my goodbye posting yet.  Mainly because nobody except a handful of us would ever see it :)  I don't know when I will simply delete the link to this site and it will be nothing more than a fond memory, but that day is coming soon.

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#680778 Remote job from different time zone

Posted by lespauled on 20 October 2015 - 05:59 AM

There are many logistical problems with working with offshore developers.  Along with the time difference, there are cultural differences.


For one small example, check out my blog posting on managing 3 offshore teams:  http://forum.codecal...done-isnt-done/

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#679901 Understanding the differences between a class and struct in C# :

Posted by lespauled on 14 July 2015 - 06:05 AM

Technically speaking, this thread has been dead for 7 years  :eek:




If you want to nitpick, the line:


if( x != null )


should be:


if( x.HasValue )

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#679373 HTML5, I need some info...

Posted by lespauled on 18 May 2015 - 06:23 AM

Why, in the world, are you trying to resurrect a thread that has been dead for over 5 years?

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#679293 need help in english test

Posted by lespauled on 11 May 2015 - 06:02 AM

your's English is too weak try to concentrate on your English level... 



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#679094 Site transition issues

Posted by lespauled on 27 April 2015 - 07:04 AM

Since the transition, I have noticed the following issues with the site. 1. Site is incredibly slow during posting/replies. 2. Missing graphics 3. Textarea for topic text/response text is small, by default. I see the width is set in the CSS, but it textarea goes by columns and rows for the size.
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#676975 What kind of music are you listening while coding?

Posted by lespauled on 18 December 2014 - 08:42 AM

Dubstep sounds like the way you have to walk through a park after a dog walking parade.

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#676547 How many hours do you code a day?

Posted by lespauled on 26 November 2014 - 09:52 AM

As stated in the above posts, it varies from day to day.  But when I was first learning, I was either programming, or thinking of programming most of the day.  When I wasn't programming, I was reading about program languages, and usually writing out programs on paper to type in when I got home.


When I went for my C/C++/UNIX system programming certification course, I was programming almost 18 hours a day, for 9 the entire week course.  I would be programming in class, and then solidifying whatever was taught that day at home.  I wouldn't stop until I was positive that I knew it backward and forward.  Then I would go to bed, and the cycle would start all over again.  I vividly remember when learning pointers to pointers, I had a tough time wrapping my head around it.  I got home and was fighting with the concept.  Hours passed by, and it finally clicked. It was like a light bulb going on. I finally got it.  I understood it.  Finally, I was off to bed.  Literally, when my head hit the pillow, the alarm went off to get up for class.  I pretty much programmed 32 straight hours.  Thankfully, nobody else in the class understood the Pointer-to-Pointer concept, so they did a review.  I hit the pillow as soon as I got home.

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#676387 Anyone not backing up?

Posted by lespauled on 19 November 2014 - 11:22 AM

If you're beginning programming, what did you really lose?  A bunch of calculators, demo programs, etc.?  I look at things I wrote 6 months ago, and I'm embarrassed to find that I actually wrote it.

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#675675 electronic democracy, programming in school

Posted by lespauled on 20 October 2014 - 07:00 AM

I'm not sure it's a viable option.  This is although most people have a computer in their house, not everyone does.  So, each school would need to set up some kind of computer lab for the students to do their lessons, etc.   If it can be done across the board, great!!!!  Unfortunately, that may not be the case.


In the US, our schools are increasingly cutting programs like art, music, and electives all the time.  It's sad, especially when you find that those electives actually help their cognitive skills.


I tell my kids all the time that their generation is a bunch of slackers.  But if you decide to be the best you can, you will have the world in your hands (actually I said "by the balls").  I have interviewed dozens of prospective employees that lack common communication skills.  So, if you work hard to set yourself above the rest, you can pretty much do whatever you want to do.


It's unfortunate that many of the kids are listening to the nonsense that they are being short-changed.  On some level that may be true, but to accept that you are a victim instead of doing everything you can to overcome this (supposed) obstacle, tells me a lot about your character, and your possible contribution to the company.

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#674507 How long does it take to start answering programming questions on forums?

Posted by lespauled on 11 September 2014 - 10:28 AM

You will start answering questions when you feel comfortable about answering the subject/problem.


You can answer any question you know the answer.  Depending on the question, it can be today to a year or so from now.


But just beware not to post an answer that you think you know.  Make sure your answer is correct before you post it.  When people are first starting out, it can extremely frustrating, and they ask for help.  If you give them "help" that is incorrect, it just compounds the frustration, because they believe that the help you give them is the answer and it should work.  When it doesn't work, it makes it worse than no answer at all.

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#671868 Coffee & Smoking

Posted by lespauled on 03 June 2014 - 06:58 AM



Also, as former traveling DJ/performer, I loved it when most of the nightclubs I played in the U.S. went smoke-free! I think it added years to my life.




As a performer, my routine was drive home with the windows open (even in winter), and immediately take off all my clothes and put them in the washer, then jump in a shower.  The smoke stench is horrendous.


Thankfully, they changed to non-smoking.  Now I still have the same routine, but it's because of my own sweat stench. :)

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