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I've seen a lot of coding questions posted to this forum lately.  It doesn't bother me, but this forum doesn't seem like the best place to post coding and/or language-specific questions.

In the past I've used Google Groups (Usenet),, and a few others.  But I've yet to find the perfect forum.

Any suggestions?

Nick Hebb
Friday, January 24, 2003

No offense, but please don't complain, Nick ;-)

- I'd much rather see coding questions here than more mindless religious wars about who's country's best, who's got the better education system, the evil rich, the noble poor, why somebody or other in India is doing whatever to the Muslims, who's best-MS or *nix, who sucks worse-MS or * nauseum.

- seems we've been getting a much bigger slice of that sort of stuff lately.

Friday, January 24, 2003

Coding is language specific, so I suspect that you are not going to find one central site.

But as noname says, if there aren't any coding questions at all the site loses its character.

It's probably a little like the water cooler. A place where people come to sound off.

Stephen Jones
Sunday, January 26, 2003

DOH! I thought Joel's articles were all about "Joel Spolsky rocks; the world sucks!" Religious flame wars on USENET pales in comparison.

Sunday, January 26, 2003

>>I thought Joel's articles were all about "Joel Spolsky rocks; the world sucks!" Religious flame wars on USENET pales in comparison.

That is an idiotic contention and may show that you haven't visited very many developer forums that are dominated by just a few people.

Joel isn't perfect but he's certainly not pompous or arrogant or belittling. As for other people's take on him, that isn't anything that he has control over. If you think his opinions are too strong or over-the-top, you probably haven't tried to develop a small business from scratch and had to develop a focus for that business. Someone who is running their own business probably has a few core ideas that pervade their thinking. Get over it...

For a really huge taste of the kind of mentality that you're describing, go to the "AngryCoder" weblog sometime and check out some of the comments posted by 'AngryCoder' himself where he tells people that they are f***ing dumbasses for disagreeing with him or criticizing his work, etc.

I'll take Joel's op-eds over 90% of the unprofessional drivel, corporate blather, and self aggrandizing arrogance fests that dominate developer's fora any day.

Sunday, January 26, 2003

Homer: I take back 'idiotic'. That was not constructive.


Sunday, January 26, 2003

no name - I wasn't trying to complain. After all, it's Joel's site, not mine. I assume his primary goal is to enable an active community to give visibility to his software. But personally, I would not want to post a lot of my coding questions here.

Stephan - I agree that coding is language specific and no one forum is good for all of them.  I left that open intentionally. Even if I never plan on coding in Ada but someone replied with their favorite Ada forum, that's fine. Maybe someone else here could use that tip.

I don't mind forums that you have to scan 10 responses to get 1 solid answer. You kinda expect that on the web. I've just gotten tired scanning 10 responses and getting 10 crap answers.

Nick Hebb
Monday, January 27, 2003

For VB, I find:

very hard to beat. There is a 'beginner edition' as well:


Matthew Wills
Monday, January 27, 2003

For Win32 development, the Code Project is hard to beat:

Lots of snippets, examples, libraries, plus forums.

Chris Tavares
Tuesday, January 28, 2003

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