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bio website BillTheLizard.com
location Charlotte, NC
age 40
visits member for 4 years, 7 months
seen Dec 15 at 20:30

Big Ball of Mud maintainer (mostly Java, C++, and SQL - Perl, Python, and JavaScript as necessary) currently living in Charlotte, NC. I also tutor Java, Python, and JavaScript part-time at Franklin University.

I blog about programming, math, learning, and technology at BillTheLizard.com.

You can follow me on Twitter, @lizardbill. (If I recognize you from SO or meta, I'll probably follow you back.) You can also find me on Google+ and on GitHub. (Questions about moderator actions on Stack Overflow should still be posted on Meta Stack Overflow.)

I also wrote @BountyBot, a Twitter bot that posts new and interesting bounty questions from Stack Overflow. You can view the source on GitHub.


Jul
20
comment Announcing Apps to the Public
Oh... I certainly hope so, since I already mentioned it on Twitter and my blog. Also, pics of the tattoos, please. ;)
Jul
19
comment Intermittent bug in the /search route when providing both tagged and nottagged parameters.
@code: Thanks. You'd think I would know how this system works by now. :)
Jul
19
comment Intermittent bug in the /search route when providing both tagged and nottagged parameters.
@code, @system, @Kevin: I'm now getting 30 on the 1st and 3rd links, but still only 29 on the second. The pagesize value is correct (30), but only 29 questions are in the result.
Jul
9
comment Stack Exchange site layout question
@Matt: It looks like it could range quite a bit. "1 month, possibly many more" according to Jeff. See: What is the minimum length of time a proposed site will be in its beta phase?
Jul
7
comment How to format time since xxx e.g. “4 minutes ago” similar to Stack Exchange sites
Follow-up question: There are some slight errors on the elapsed times displayed on the site due to treating all months uniformly as 30 days and ignoring leap years. Do you think it's a good idea to keep these errors to match the site (see my answer) or should we try to fix them?
Jul
1
comment Are there any restrictions on using icons/look-and-feel from the site(s)?
"@" comments/replies/mentions were already popular on Twitter before SO picked it up, and probably came from somewhere else before that. I'm sure that feature is free to imitate.
Jun
29
comment A Stack of Twits - Tweeting all over your stack
At least that domain name doesn't need a hyphen to disambiguate it from a site for gender reassignment specialists.
Jun
23
comment What real world application does the Stack API have?
Clippy: "I noticed you're trying to parse HTML with regular expressions. Are you sure that's a good idea?" ;)
Jun
21
comment stackoverflow-java-sdk: a Java wrapper for the Stack Exchange API
@Christian: If you'd like, you can test out StackWrap4J. I tested it out on the Android emulator, but I don't have a physical device to test it on yet. I'd appreciate any feedback you can give us if you decide to use it. Thanks.
Jun
20
comment The /questions/{id}/timeline route isn't working.
Confirmed, this is working again. Thanks!
Jun
18
comment Problem getting a users questions within a date range
I think I was the one reading the doc wrong. It's min and max that take sort into account, not fromdate and todate. Please disregard my comment above.
Jun
17
comment Problem getting a users questions within a date range
I know I'm splitting hairs, but with sort=activity you should be looking at the last_activity_date. It's out of range too, so this is a real bug. I just wasn't sure if you were aware of this and you simply copy/pasted the wrong field from the results.
Jun
11
comment The /search route is ignoring the answers parameter.
Seems reasonable.
Jun
3
comment Add optional parameter to get only paging information?
@TheHurt: I'm not talking about a magic number. I'm saying if you explicitly specify that the page size should be 0, then it should return nothing but the page info and an empty list. Adding pagesize=0 as a URL parameter currently doesn't return anything at all.
May
30
comment The user and owner objects appear to be optional in the question timeline result.
D'oh! You're right. My eye skipped into the user_id field because I was only looking for one specific attribute. Thanks for the clarification.
May
28
comment The search method is returning an extra result.
Confirmed. Thank you. :)
May
21
comment What are the min and max parameters?
Thanks for the detailed explanation.