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Thread: Member of the Month - May 2013
Apr 20, 2013, 10:33 #1
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Member of the Month - May 2013
There's a distinctly nautical flavour to May's Member of the Month, as the award goes to ... drum roll ... captainccs.
captainccs, or Denny Schlesinger as he is known in the real world, is to be found almost exclusively in the PHP forum, where he offers help and advice based on his many years of coding experience.
I recently caught up with Denny and ask him a few questions to mark the occasion:
Congratulations on being awarded the MoTM badge for May, captainccs. How do you feel?
I see from your SP profile that you're located in Venezuela. Is that your home country, or did something else take you there?
Oh, I see. At least that explains why you have a German flag on your blog.
Anyway, I've got to ask: your avatar is currently a parrot (a Mitred Conure if I'm not mistaken). What’s with that? You're not a pirate, are you?
A little bird tells me (groan) that you've been coding for over fifty years. That’s a long time. How did you get started?
And what changes have you seen over this period (e.g. the emergence of new technologies, developments in hardware).
Wow! I can hardly imagine that.
You must also have worked with a range of programming languages. Which is your favourite and which do you dislike most? Why?
Pascal was never designed to be a production language, it was designed to teach orderliness. RPN languages like Forth are the most powerful but very difficult for programmers to keep track of things with, so they wither and die. HyperCard and FileMaker are difficult to work with because they are too compartmentalized. Large projects are difficult without objects. OOP is nature's way: molecules make cells, cells make organs, organs make animals, animals make families, families make clans or tribes or city states or nations. The difficulty is designing good objects. Currently my language of choice is PHP.
People often have asked me if I program in English or in Spanish. "No, in C." I reply or in whatever was in vogue at the time. LOL
So, how does SitePoint fit into all of this? How did you find out about the forums and what made you want to stay?
There is one other site that might have more professional programming answers but they have too many hoops you need to jump through. They work too hard at keeping themselves pure. SitePoint has the right mix to keep you coming back.
What do you like best about SitePoint and what areas do you think could do with some improvement? Please don't be shy
With all this talk of coding, I'm presuming this is what you do for a living. Is that correct?
On a culinary note, what is Venezuelan cuisine like? Do you have a favourite dish?
Arturo Uslar Pietri was a well respected Venezuelan intellectual and a frequent speaker on TV and radio. He said that the "real" melting pot happened not in the bedroom but in the kitchen! Venezuelan cuisine is a mixture of European, African and Amerind. Although there are two or three "national dishes" the variety is really extensive.
One such national dish is the hallaca (hayaca) which is one of the three obligatory Christmas fares. The hallaca is a savory (not spicy) stew wrapped in a corn dough, wrapped in plantain leaves, and tied up with string. At an IBM 100% Club meeting hallacas were served, of course, to show off our stuff. Someone is reputed to have asked an American visitor: "How do you like the hallaca?" "It's great but the salad is a bit tough" (you're not supposed to eat the banana leaves).
I see you have a blog where you share your thoughts on everything from error reporting in PHP to making banana fritters. What inspired you to start that?
Software Times remained pretty much private until I got fed up with an investing forum I frequented and I started to post about investing. Other subjects became important enough to have their own indexes. Software Times now has software, cooking, Venezuela, and books as secondary indexes but I'm about to kill the books section.
And finally, as a coding veteran, what words of wisdom can you give to people who are just starting off?
Sherlock Holmes was the best debugger there ever was except he worked on crime instead of on software, but the method is the same. Look for the evidence to trap the criminal bug.
Oops, I almost forgot the obligatory silly question: pirates or ninjas?
Now please join me in offering your congratulations to Denny and thanking him for his on-going help and support on the forums.