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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
Heath Stewart17-Dec-03 7:46
protectorHeath Stewart17-Dec-03 7:46 
GeneralIt's in the Docs Pin
Heath Stewart7-Feb-03 4:02
protectorHeath Stewart7-Feb-03 4:02 
GeneralRe: It's in the Docs Pin
Nick Parker19-May-03 15:17
protectorNick Parker19-May-03 15:17 
GeneralRe: It's in the Docs Pin
Heath Stewart20-May-03 2:20
protectorHeath Stewart20-May-03 2:20 
GeneralRe: It's in the Docs Pin
Nick Parker20-May-03 2:32
protectorNick Parker20-May-03 2:32 
GeneralRe: It's in the Docs Pin
Rai Umair11-Jul-03 6:06
MemberRai Umair11-Jul-03 6:06 
GeneralRe: It's in the Docs Pin
Heath Stewart11-Jul-03 6:28
protectorHeath Stewart11-Jul-03 6:28 
GeneralRe: It's in the Docs Pin
Rai Umair11-Jul-03 10:24
MemberRai Umair11-Jul-03 10:24 
Dear Heath Stewart:

I respect your thoughts and your frustration against the wannabes. I think its not wrong putting blame where it is deserved yet I strongly believe that a little effort can change at least a minority if not all the genuine code monkeys (a really amusing term you have coined, hehe).

And you are right on point when you say that requiring external help is OK but only in conditions that the developer him self has toiled to tackle the problem. I guess developers are becoming more and more like this and that’s a sure sign of progression.

Another point as you raised was education. I find lots of people getting education and even fastidious GPA's but with negligible or no practical experience what so ever (which as you mentioned if they could have had with the right attitude). These people only believe in the power of the book and ignore all else and the result is that they might score well on paper but are worthless developers in my eyes.

I guess development is an art as well as science and requires tons of practice, being a computer science student problem solving is my first priority but to implement solutions to those problems is important too.

I just wanted to add a tip that I have been giving to my fellow developers and students for years.

Get your hands dirty with code, practice, develop something,apply the concepts...

Well docs are good to get the concepts but I guess the 'compiler is the biggest teacher' and I strongly believe that this is the reason that I am confident of my skills and tend not to forget what I have learnt with time. The analogy I present here is quite true ‘If docs are a life saver then practical work (planning, coding) is life’.

I guess a balanced approach towards learning through the docs and the compiler is the best solution forward.

I would like to read what you have to say on this. As I understand you are a experienced software architect and for an aspiring developer like me; a precious source of advice.

Smile | :) , Happy Coding.

Rai Umair

What is now proved, was once only imagened...
GeneralRe: It's in the Docs Pin
Nick Seng30-Oct-03 18:24
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GeneralRe: It's in the Docs Pin
Heath Stewart31-Oct-03 3:09
protectorHeath Stewart31-Oct-03 3:09 

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