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Eznik 
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I'm a software engineer. I work in C# and some proprietary language similar to Pascal. I work with Microsoft's accounting software and mainly work with SQL Server, XML and web services. I started with Java and VB in college and learned C# on the job. Currently spending my free time learning Ruby and Ruby on Rails to start doing web development.
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MightyMidgit wrote:

I'm a programmer, but currently a student. I am employed int he CS department at my university, though. I work in Java and C++ mainly. I plan on taking time this summer to brush up on other languages. In my spare time I am working on a conversational AI with no built-in grammars or language. It's purpose is to build its own grammar and associations through conversational input, basically enabling it to learn any language the user converses with it. It had done okay with English and Spanish, but really well with Japanese due to how logical the grammar structure is. Currently it is not too cognitive with it's responses, but I'm working on that. It can at least semi-follow a topic of conversation. The AI is currently written in C, but I plan to switch to C++ for better use of object oriented programming. (Using structs in C to do object oriented programming is annoying...)


That's quite the interesting project indeed. Also, using structs in C to do object oriented programming is really annoying. C was my first serious language, so I have fond memories of it. Using structs with function pointers to have some semblance of OO is not one of those fond memories. A memory? Yes. Fond? No.

Currently, I'm employed as a full stack web developer for a local newspaper. Almost 9 years professionally. I have to admit that nine years of PHP does things to a person's mind. Every once in a while, I get to write C! Lately I've been more involved in design, marketing and advertising. So any given day might have me writing code in the morning and designing an email ad or marketing landing page in the afternoon. Weird right?

As far as programming goes, it's almost a little embarrassing, but I feel like my most meaningful contributions to work have been tools that automate or simplify processes. They're often laughably simplistic, but the ROI in terms of time saved vs. time invested can sometimes be astounding. Someone in sales told me the other day that just one of my programs slashed a 48 hour process to a 3 hour process.
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public static void main(string[] args) {
system.out.println("I'm currently studying java. Still not that great at it, but it's fun " )
}

hahahaha
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Posted 4/24/16 , edited 4/24/16

food999 wrote:

public static void main(string[] args) {
system.out.println("I'm currently studying java. Still not that great at it, but it's fun " )
}

hahahaha

public class Awesome
{
public static void main(String[] args)
{
System.out.println("Keep at it!" ) ;
}
}

As for me I use Java, html(If you count it), php and Bash. Planning on learning C++. I'm pretty average but w/e they're fun.
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Posted 4/25/16 , edited 4/25/16
Developing features and bug fixing. There's some room for improvement in our code base, and I'm proud that 4 of my last 5 commit diffs had more subtractions than additions(and the one only had a few more additions, but it couldn't be helped; I needed to add tab index management, since there would surely be more bugs in future without it... sorry, geeking out a bit).
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Posted 4/25/16 , edited 4/25/16
I know Java and C++/C/C#

I mainly use C cuz I'm just messing with arduino microcontrollers.
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Posted 4/25/16

pandrasb wrote:

I know Java and C++/C/C#

I mainly use C cuz I'm just messing with arduino microcontrollers.


Arduinos are the bomb.

As for me I'm a computer engineer with languages and proficiency geared more towards working with hardware rather than software.

C, VHDL SQL, and ASM for me.

I specialize in LabVIEW code. I'm currently a project engineer and typically work on industrial test stand software for intricate equipment. Some projects I've personally worked on are test stand software for private jets, medical equipment and automotive fuel cells.


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Posted 4/27/16 , edited 4/27/16
It's been a handful of years since I was employed as a programmer (I'm in the cyber security field now) but I know more programming languages than I do spoken languages (3). C, Python, HTML, SQL, JavaScript, Assembly to name a few of them. I don't do much programming these days. Most of it is on the side or home brew. Occasionally at work when help is needed. Not sure I'd want to return to my previous work but it definitely never got boring.
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Posted 4/27/16 , edited 4/28/16
I'm a web developer so basically HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP and obviously SQL. That being said I have rather decent Java skills (I tend to make small stuff with it from time to time) and I can do stuff with C# too.
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Posted 4/27/16 , edited 4/28/16
I wouldn't describe myself as a programmer, but I do use SQL all the damn time for my job as an analyst. I used to do a fair amount of work in C++, but it's been a while so I'm pretty rusty.
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Posted 4/27/16 , edited 4/28/16
I mainly program in C++ and Tcl, though the place I work has begun a misguided attempt to switch its graphical frontend to web technologies, so I'm getting some exposure to Javascript and modern HTML.

I spend most of my time knees-deep in despair trying to decipher the behavior of classes derived from multiple classes, which are in turn derived from multiple classes, which are in turn derived from multiple classes... most of them concrete, with tons of state changes.

Also, the main data structure used is a string to string map, so there's no way to determine what a function acts on without reading its implementation.

To make things more complicated, the program is a distributed system, so a lot of stuff is asynchronous with data going all over the place.

I realize this probably goes without saying, but documentation is quite lacking as well... Seriously, they should just stop making languages that allow comments, it seems to be a waste of effort on the compiler writers' parts.

Oh, and we have 1000+ lines long configuration files that are basically miniature programs themselves, so it's a nightmare to even know how the program will run. That's in addition to way too much environment manipulation.

Despite all this, it's still the best job I've had...
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Posted 4/28/16 , edited 4/28/16
As a stupid question from an artist, is it possible to break down a digital image (photo) into it's basic binary structure to print out as columns/rows of 1/0. Even hexadecimal would do.

Would appreciate an answer if possible
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Posted 4/28/16 , edited 4/28/16

bronzefoot wrote:

As a stupid question from an artist, is it possible to break down a digital image (photo) into it's basic binary structure to print out as columns/rows of 1/0. Even hexadecimal would do.

Would appreciate an answer if possible


You could use a hex editor for that, like HxD
original image:


opening in hex editor

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Posted 4/28/16 , edited 4/28/16

namealreadytaken wrote:


bronzefoot wrote:

As a stupid question from an artist, is it possible to break down a digital image (photo) into it's basic binary structure to print out as columns/rows of 1/0. Even hexadecimal would do.

Would appreciate an answer if possible


You could use a hex editor for that, like HxD
original image:


opening in hex editor



Thanks for that. to be a pain is it possible to break it down even further. Is there a service that would take on the job?
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Posted 4/28/16 , edited 4/28/16
I'm experienced with R (https://www.r-project.org/) in my professional life and a limited amount of Basic (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BASIC) in both my professional and personal lives, but this is just the bare minimum required to have a strong scientific background. I also have some experience with coding for the 2000 and VX versions of RPG Maker and have toyed with the Ren'Py engine in my spare time, but that was just for fun.
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