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I've been a professional software developer for about ten years, with the last two thirds of that doing work related to the web. I try to be agnostic about my choices of technology. I've worn multiple hats, and have been a system administrator, UI designer, and marketing professional at one point or another.

After stints in DC, Los Angeles, and Boston, I live in Pittsburgh, PA by choice, and think it's an awesome place.

I've recently started a new position and have begun a retooling; these days I'm taking a crashcourse in C++ and Python, and doing very little Java at the moment.

Outside of technology, I'm a woodworker, and spend most of my free time trying to figure out how to build new things. I love my motorcycle, do a bit of gardening, and have the best girlfriend ever.

If you've read any number of my posts, you'll pick up that I'm basically a broken record when it comes to recommending reading a few specific books. If there was a course that computer science degrees miss that was designed to make you a much better developer, even odds that The Pragmatic Programmer and Code Complete would be the reference texts.

Meanwhile, some of my responses, which are often more telling than an autobiographical blurb:


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awarded  Student
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answered What is the best technique for using a drill to insert screws?
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comment painting a cork floor (previously coated with polyurethane varnish)
What type of polyurethane was used, and has it cracked at all?
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comment Safest weed killers?
I tend to use a long knife to cut the weeds well below the surface, and pop 'em out that way. :-)
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comment Safest weed killers?
"Trifluralin -- Herbicide found in: Preen, Preen & Green, Scotts Garden Weed Preventer, Trefanocide, Treficon, and Trust. Kills annual grasses and broadleaf weeds. Highly toxic to fish and other aquatic organisms. It is a possible cause of cancer and a probable cause of endocrine disruption. It has been demonstrated that it causes reproductive effects, kidney damage, liver damage, sensitivity, and irritation." Unfortunately, not quite what I want next to the garden. :-/
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asked Safest weed killers?
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awarded  Teacher
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awarded  Supporter
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comment Replacing a bathroom fan?
Your explanation looks A-OK to me; you'll probably want to do this from the attic, though.
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answered Should I purchase single tools, or a tool set?
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answered Do I need a wood hardener for worn door hinge screw holes?