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Ira Baxter
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I have been building highly automated software engineering tools and systems software for 45 years (more below).


Oct 2012: The "moderator community" at Meta has convinced me that answers I provide that mention my company's software tools are unwanted (at least by many of them) on Stack Overflow, in spite of the fact that my upvote score per answer averages the same as Jon Skeet's; note moderator deletions of many of my tool answers. Since these tools are what I live and breathe, most of what I have say that is constructive is thus unwanted. So, I expect to respond to further questions at likely a lower rate.

Related to this is the problem of SO moderators closing tool questions in general (what? programming is about using tools!), because "answers are likely to be opinionated". So what? People either like their tools or they don't. And opinions from old hands and smart people are often pretty useful in making a good choice.

If you think, as I do, that Stack Overflow is about providing good answers (in list form or not) regardless of who provides them, you can take up that case in Meta.


I'm a principal at Semantic Designs. Many of my answers point to tools or products of SD, many of which I have a direct role in engineering; its what I know intimately. When I provide such answers, I try to make sure that the answer is relevant to the specific question being asked. YMMV.

Some of tools I have built at SD:

A lesson people keep relearning when building program analysis tools is that parsing is nowhere near enough. See my discussion on why I built DMS, to enable Life After Parsing.

idbaxter at semanticdesigns dot com
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