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For the past 25 years, I've been a contract software engineer with a lot of experience in back-end and middleware solutions; and low-level, real-time (sometimes embedded) mainly C-language projects. Also SNMPv2 and v3 MIBs and Agents. Over the years, though, I've done so many different and interesting kinds of things that I claim I can call myself a generalist.

I consider coding to be a perfectible craft with its own kind of beauty.

I'm always looking for new projects: pete@pwilson.net


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comment Where should index and glossary appear in a report?
Ask the department secretary how to do it.
Jan
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comment How can I revise these sentences to be more correct while still keeping the effect?
As a writer of fiction, you have enormous license to arrange words in the ways that you hope will affect the reader. I see nothing wrong with your first two sentences: it's the way people speak, after all.
Jan
28
comment Is it frustrating not to know the narrator's gender?
Only if the plot requires it. In To Kill a Mockinbird, we have to know that Scout is a girl. In A Good Man is Hard to Find, the narrator's gender is of no interest. In The Artificial Nigger, the narrator might be either grandson or granddaughter. Let the reader decide the narrator's gender if you can.
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comment How can I edit my own, very old work?
It might feel like a shame to throw away your work, which is mere typing. I would not even read it but rather just put it immediately in the attic to save and show to your kids. Your world view is no longer that of an adolescent; use your experience since then to write it from scratch the way you want to write it now, the way it deserves to be written.
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comment Questions on two sentences on a cover letter
It does not help you to say "it's a stepping stone," neither would I say "further my career" or anything like that. The post is a chance to learn and to contribute, period.
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comment Confusing writing in order to show how character is falling asleep - is it OK?
It's an absolutely great idea! Don't worry that the words are the narrator's, whose job it is, after all, to tell/show her state of mind.
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comment Submitting a novel for publication: do editors still expect Courier font?
@Robusto -- In my days as an editor, it was the convention to underline matter that's to be italicized. Maybe it's changed: that would be a good thing. But, in the end, the publisher will always tell the author what convention to follow.
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comment What methods can I use to revise my writing?
My biggest obstacle in revising is throwing away all those beautiful, immortal words and phrases I invented for my first draft. It's hard work to bite that bullet, but necessary to do. Maybe the same with you.
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answered How to improve my skill at writing a question?