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Heath Stewart is a happily married software engineer originally from the Midwest and a graduate of Iowa State University. Heath start programming early in life and enjoys continuous research and development in new languages, frameworks, and platforms. Fluent in many different programming languages, he has developed many large-scale software solutions for companies in different areas, such as Internet filtering, intrusion detection systems, production management systems, and web applications for various purposes. He also enjoys photography.

Currently, Heath is a Program Manager in the Visual Studio Professional Deployment Experience (VSPro DEX) team at Microsoft. Previous to his employment, he was a Microsoft MVP for Visual C#.

He is also a CodeProject protector and is happy to help the development community.
31 Dec 2004 CodeProject MVP 2005



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GeneralRe: I'm a Geek Pin
Mike Ellison17-Dec-03 6:37
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GeneralRe: I'm a Geek Pin
Heath Stewart17-Dec-03 6:46
protectorHeath Stewart17-Dec-03 6:46 
GeneralIt's in the Docs Pin
Heath Stewart7-Feb-03 3:02
protectorHeath Stewart7-Feb-03 3:02 
GeneralRe: It's in the Docs Pin
Nick Parker19-May-03 14:17
protectorNick Parker19-May-03 14:17 
GeneralRe: It's in the Docs Pin
Heath Stewart20-May-03 1:20
protectorHeath Stewart20-May-03 1:20 
GeneralRe: It's in the Docs Pin
Nick Parker20-May-03 1:32
protectorNick Parker20-May-03 1:32 
GeneralRe: It's in the Docs Pin
Rai Umair11-Jul-03 5:06
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GeneralRe: It's in the Docs Pin
Heath Stewart11-Jul-03 5:28
protectorHeath Stewart11-Jul-03 5:28 
Thank you for your comments and insight.

However, being of a conservative mind, I put blame where blame is due. If code monkeys don't know as much as they should, there's no one to blame but themselves. I started coding when I was 8 on a C64. Samples helped, but I always made sure I looked-up information about what I was doing instead of just typing the same commands, functions, etc. Gopher was a pain in the butt to find information online from our public schools and library, but the advent of the Web made it easier after geeks jumped on board (and harder when companies started commercializing it). I knew much more than the university taught me and I learned a lot while I was there (not part of class, just during that time on my own). That was all self-taught, which isn't hard and it's free! (sans material expenses)

Today, the Internet (not just the Web) is a vast collection of knowledge and even off-line systems are much easier to use. HTML Help is an excellent medium, and Help2 is even better (I'd still like to know why MS is giving up on it).

Looking at sample code and asking questions of the community is a good thing. I wish I had some of these forums when I was younger. But there is a time to do it. Asking a question like "what does method XZY() do?" is a dumb question - read the docs. Or copying and pasting code, as you said, and trying to figure out why it doesn't work is also dumb. You should understand at least a little bit about the code before using it.

In these cases, it is obvious there is no one else to blame. The resources are there and - in most cases - free.

About education: if people pick these two-year colleges that teach a trade and don't educate themselves to a greater extent, that is their fault. They paid for what they got. In the case of 4+ colleges and universities, such places teach you to think and do research - not how to do. If you don't understand that and think that books and no-experience professors (usually) are going to teach you anything real - that is their fault. They also paid for what they got.

Basically, wannabes have no one to blame but themselves. Do they expect that someone will hold them at gun point and force to learn? They must take what they can and educate themselves more. Even just using IntelliSense without hitting F1 to know what the method / property really does is lazy and unintelligent. No one will do it for them - they must do it themselves.

So, the buck stops with them. Give credit where credit is due, and lay blame on whom is at fault.


Reminiscent of my younger years...
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GeneralRe: It's in the Docs Pin
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GeneralRe: It's in the Docs Pin
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GeneralRe: It's in the Docs Pin
Heath Stewart31-Oct-03 2:09
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