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

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Oct 1, 2012: The "moderator community" at Meta has convinced me that answers that I provide that mention my own company's software tools are unwanted (at least by them) on Stack Overflow, in spite of the fact that my upvote score per answer averages the same as Jon Skeet's. 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 (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.

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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
ACM Member since 1970; Life Member
IEEE Senior Member
AAAI Life Member
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So, set up the index and go home for the night. Expect it to take a long time; it has to scan all the records sequentially because... well, ... theres no index :-} With the indexes in place, queries should be a lot faster.
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Daniel: you get credit for saying "RTFM" :-} We did and eventually solved the problem. Didn't seem to have anything to do with DNS.
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