Mr. Shiny and New 安宇

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bio website eternalephemeron.blogspot.com
location Toronto, Canada
age 35
visits member for 3 years, 4 months
seen Apr 8 at 19:29

I'm a software developer working on a social-networking site. I work mainly in J2EE, SQL, HTML, JavaScript and CSS. My free time is spent raising a daughter and a son.


Mar
27
awarded  Quorum
Mar
4
comment What is the purpose of version control?
Also I strongly disagree with your notion that there is no advantage whatsoever to version control. Have you never looked back at a previous draft? Do you ever keep backups of old versions of your work? If so, then you are using rudimentary version control. Welcome to the club. When you're ready to do more, there are tools to help you do it.
Mar
4
comment What is the purpose of version control?
One other useful feature in version control is the ability to add comments to check-ins. It's very handy if your memory is imperfect or you collaborate with multiple authors to know why a particular section of a work was updated.
Mar
4
comment What is the purpose of version control?
Fiction books might not be written using branches, but there's no reason to dismiss branches for other kinds of books. Technical manuals for software are often stored with the version they address; branches to the software might require updates to the manual for that branch, and merging those changes back to the main trunk later. Essentially, any work that you expect will ever have more than one version released should have version control. It's not just about getting the first edition done, but also the subsequent ones.
Jan
21
answered What does a character in a short story/novella/novel really do while “soliloquizing”?
Jan
15
comment Can Google Docs be used for technical product documentation?
@MonicaCellio I was going to write that in the answer but cut it after it threatened to turn into an essay :)
Jan
15
comment Can Google Docs be used for technical product documentation?
@MετάEd It can generate a table of contents from Heading styles. See my example document.
Jan
14
awarded  Yearling
Jan
14
answered Can Google Docs be used for technical product documentation?
Sep
3
awarded  Citizen Patrol
Aug
20
awarded  Outspoken
Aug
13
awarded  Critic
Jul
23
awarded  Talkative
Apr
4
answered Would it be weird if I write “a simple sample something”?
Jan
23
comment How does one deal with world builder's syndrome?
I agree that building worlds of this size is impressive. But "notes become the novel" is how "The Silmarillion" was written and it makes a pretty bad novel.
Dec
16
awarded  Yearling
Feb
27
awarded  Nice Answer
Feb
22
comment What's a good way to backup your writing?
@QuickerSnarkerBacker: don't be deceived. Attackers steal money from banks using computers ALL THE TIME. They just probably don't do it through frontal assault. And a random bot which infects your computer so that it can send spam to your contacts or steal your credit-card number isn't going to send your manuscript to some guy in Russia who will scoop your publication.
Feb
18
awarded  Commentator
Feb
3
comment Why are papers written in a two column format?
@sjohnston: Novels don't use this format because they tend to have smaller pages and/or larger fonts. Hardcovers usually have large fonts and paperbacks have small pages. Contrast with newspapers or magazines, which have relatively wide pages and small fonts.