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I started learning web development with the most basic tools: Notepad and HTML. It was all just tinkering for a few years, then I dug into CSS, Javascript, PHP and MySQL at a job where those skills were needed. A couple of jobs later, I'm working in Ruby on Rails, using Rspec and Cucumber, and gearing up to work with Riak.


Apr
16
comment What is the rule for adjective order?
@cori - the fascinating linguistic point is that native speakers will have subconsciously inferred a rule like this without it ever being stated. The "rule" is really an observation of what they do. All languages and dialects consist of such unconscious rules.
Jan
31
comment What's the correct plural of “Raspberry Pi”?
@JonHanna - it may not be the approach they use, but it's prescribed in apple.com/legal/trademark/guidelinesfor3rdparties.html
Jan
30
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Jan
30
accepted What's the correct plural of “Raspberry Pi”?
Jan
30
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Jan
30
comment What's the correct plural of “Raspberry Pi”?
@Callithumpian - Interesting. Taking Apple's approach, we'd always say "two Raspberry Pi computers." It does solve the pluralization problem, but seems a bit awkward.
Jan
30
comment What's the correct plural of “Raspberry Pi”?
@theUg - You shouldn't have to apologize for being a stickler on a website dedicated to English Language & Usage. I fixed it. :)
Jan
30
revised What's the correct plural of “Raspberry Pi”?
added 6 characters in body
Jan
30
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Jan
30
asked What's the correct plural of “Raspberry Pi”?
Nov
16
awarded  Commentator
Nov
16
comment How many tenses are there in English?
In fiction: Dinosaur Comics' T-Rex claims to have invented the "future perfect continuous passive." qwantz.com/index.php?comic=2300 (I suppose an example would be "I will have been being here two hours by then.") Also, in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Adams suggests that the Future Semiconditionally Modified Subinverted Plagal Past Subjunctive Intentional is needed by time travelers.
Aug
8
comment A single word to describe someone who is both old and wise
@FumbleFingers - I don't think wise implies old at all; it's just that they are correlated. Wisdom is to intelligence as strategy is to tactics; intelligence helps you do something, but wisdom helps you know what's worth doing. Often you learn that via regret, but you could learn by listening to the wise. Also, I agree that cramming all that into one word is a stretch; the best I think you could do is allude to such a character: "He's like the Miyagi of programming."
Aug
8
awarded  Critic
Jul
31
comment “An abandoned cute little kitten” or “a cute abandoned little kitten”
Fascinating. Rules like this, which native English speakers are never taught but absorb from listening, were used in my linguistics class to show that all language is governed my rules, whether or not anyone formally declares and sanctions them. This applies as much to the dialects of illiterate villagers as it does to speech of the educated.
Jun
28
comment Why use “the” for oceans/seas/rivers etc. but not lakes?
Unfortunately, like many correct answers about English, this amounts to "because that's how people do it."
Mar
12
answered Why do some non-English words become English words?
Mar
12
answered difference between “engage with someone” and “engage someone”?
Mar
12
comment difference between “engage with someone” and “engage someone”?
I would never have taken "engage" to mean "recruit". I'm an American; perhaps that has some relevance?
Feb
13
comment My shoes can't think; how can they be sensible?
Clearly the reason we describe your shoes as sensible is that they're able to be sensed.