Elias Van Ootegem

London, United Kingdom


Things I'm working on now (spare time):

  • phpkafka: Native kafka support for PHP. In development, so all help is welcome!

I work -or have worked- with:

  • Go/Golang (weapon of choice ATM)
  • NoSQL: Couchbase, Cassandra
  • PostgreSQL
  • PHP (OOP, with or without Zend Framework, Symfony)
  • Javascript (+ jQuery, sadly)
  • MySQL (including triggers, Foreign Keys and stored procedures)
  • C (ANSI C99, but C11 is looking promising)
  • Perl & Bash for quick scripts
  • HTML & CSS
  • current OS's: Linux (Slackware, Salix)

I don't like:

  • Questions on JavaScript, answerd with 'use jQuery'
  • Java
  • Solutions that are needlessly complex
  • Answers with Regular expressions to solve a problem that didn't require Regex's
  • Java
  • People treating StackOverflow as a code generator
  • No acceptance or UP-votes for people who deserved it.
  • Did I mention I don't like Java/COBOL?

Stuff I find to be true:

  • Java is the new COBOL
  • If your solution relies on more than 3 regular expressions at any given time, you're part of the problem.
  • 'Debugging is twice as hard as writing the code in the first place. Therefore, if you write the code as cleverly as possible, you are, by definition, not smart enough to debug it.' — Brian Kernighan
  • On eval in JavaScript: When all you have is the eval hammer, everything looks like your thumb.
    Brendan Eich - discussing the arguments.callee in strict mode
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