Nine years ago I failed on interview… and still proud of it.

This was before Microsoft. I decide to move from my current company and – among other thing – got a phone interview with a Chicago company specialized in what’s called today CMS – Content Management System. In mid-nineties it was called “Document Management”, but that’s not important. The guy, who interviewed me, was an expert…

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How to call C++ DLL from ASP.NET (C#) code?

The problem: normally, you use DLLImport and P/Invoke. However, it only works if DLL is loaded. For normal program you can put it into the same folder as managed executable, and everything will be just fine. Not for ASP.NET, which is compiled into an obscure location, which you would not want to mess up with. Other places…

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I am Annoyed with Spam …and I don’t get it, why is it still a problem.

I am Annoyed with Spam…and I don’t get it, why is it still a problem. If you follow my blogs, then you may remember an article, where I mentioned that today approach to computer security is extensive and not leading anywhere in the end. Recently, I was asked, which approach would lead somewhere? At the…

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Question in mail: Do you need assembly language?

From: sandusergiu1984@… Sent: Friday, August 18, 2006 2:12 AMTo: Eldar MusayevSubject: (Random Thoughts and Hints on Software Development) : HelloImportance: High Hello Eldar, I’ve read somewhere that every developer who want to write great efficient code need to learn assembly language? Is it true? If have time, please, write the answer in the blog. Thank…

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From the mail: how can I access database from C#

_______________________________________From: sandusergiu1984@….com [mailto:sandusergiu1984@….com]Sent: Fri 8/11/2006 9:20 AMTo: Eldar MusayevSubject: (Random Thoughts and Hints on Software Development) : C# CodeI thought how can I write a program in C# that searches a SQL Server database and outputs the results to the user? and couldn’t give me please some ideas, or a fragment of code? Thanks a…

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What it takes to be a good software developer…

Last week I’ve got such a message from my blog: —–Original Message—–From: sandusergiu1984@…Sent: Thursday, June 29, 2006 1:17 AMTo: Eldar MusayevSubject: (Random Thoughts and Hints on Software Development) : Hello Eldar!Importance: High Can you please tell me what I should learn to be a good software developer? Thank you. Hm-m-m, tough question. No, seriously. A…

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There and back again: riddle for floating-point numbers (almost no tricks)

Few days ago I saw that and thought, that it could be interesting. Nothing complex, special, mostly well-known knowledge, just an unusual angle. The riddle: You have a simple program in C/C++ that write a floating-point (double) number into a file, and then reads it from there using simple printf and scanf. There is nothing…

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Developers productivity in US

In his blog, Philip Su – dev manager at MSN Search – gives intersting numbers on the productivity of developers in the USA: USA 1999 — 9000 lines of code per year (9 KLOC/year)USA 2005 — 6200 lines of code per year (6.2 KLOC/year) Windows Vista developers — ~1000 lines per year. Keep in mind…

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Last week my manager tried to break my code…

He was in China, and with five our Shanghai developers worked on breaking my code for ~17 hours non-stop. As he says, they’ve started around 6AM and finished around 2AM (apparently, there was a lunch in-between). For all that effort they’ve found only 1 (One!) bug. Nice! On unrelated subject, a racoon came to my deck last…

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GUI design – what does this button do?

Recently, when going up in an elevator, I was puzzled by this picture. What do you think “Low Oil” button at the very top should do? ———————- A hint (white on white, select to see)It’s not really a button. It’s just some design genius made an indicator light identical to buttons. Imagine a button on…

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