About Me

My name is Rachel Lim and I’m a programmer living in NY. I’ve always loved computers so it seemed natural to pursue a career with them. Unlike humans, computers are logical, consistent, and can be powered down and put away at will.

I currently have an Associates Degree in Software Applications & Programming, but the majority of what I know is self-taught. I work as a Programmer for a mid-sized financial company, building custom applications and reports. Lately I’ve been given the opportunity to work on an enterprise-level application using WPF and have been loving it.

If there is one thing I would say I do well at, it’s Learning. I was homeschooled when I was young and most of my programming knowledge is self-taught. I am constantly doing online research of some kind or another, and love the information found on other people’s blogs, so thought I’d start my own. No idea if I will keep with it, or if I will keep it updated, but I hope to post some useful information that I personally have had a hard time figuring out when I started out.

Feel free to contact me at rlim@email.itt-tech.edu, but be warned that I am often very slow to reply. I do try to reply to all my emails though, even if is sometimes weeks or months later.


“The three chief virtues of a programmer are: Laziness, Impatience and Hubris.” – Larry Wall

Laziness: I’m too lazy to do the same task repeatedly so write scripts to do that task for me. This makes people think I am intelligent.

Impatience: I’m too impatient to wait for my code to run so rewrite the code to improve performance. This makes people think I am a good programmer.

Hubris: When someone asks if I can do something I just say Yes, then go find out how to do it (Google!). This makes people think I can do anything.

Ultimately, it means I can make a career out of being Lazy, Impatient, and Hubristic(?).

36 Responses to About Me

  1. kevin says:

    Hi, I used “Simplifying PRISM’s EventAggregator” in WPF and all very nice thanks, BUT i would like it not to rely on .NET FW2 (referenced by Microsoft.Practices.Composite.dll). Do you have a .NET FW4 version or do you know where to get a .NET4 version of Microsoft.Practices.Composite.dll and Microsoft.Practices.Composite.Presentation.dll?

  2. Usman says:

    Nice blog Rachel

  3. Dennis Rasmussen says:

    Hey Rachel!
    You have responded to a question on stackoverflow, which is similar to my issue. I hope you will take a look at my question, as i think you can point me in the right direction. I’ve already got an answer, but it is quite more complex then what i actually asks for🙂
    If you have time: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/29106855/optimizing-a-grid-consisting-of-cells-in-wpf-for-shortest-path

    And thanks for a nice blog, i already found some posts i need to read🙂

  4. Kadeera says:

    Hi Rachel

    Cool…. i hope that you are good programmer now.

    Good coding with example you are given here.

    Thank you:)
    Prakash Kadeera

  5. ali fattahian says:

    I like your blog and I’m Like you . I like your idea about your education and you are right. I learned WPF using googling as you learned. I think you are great.

  6. Mehdi Sassi says:

    lazyness ,Impatience ,Hubris , always waiting for new challenges, never give up ….
    i’m seeing my self through your self description😉
    try to keep this attitude😉

  7. Abhishek Rai says:

    Hello Rachel,
    Its very nice blog. Keep up that work.

  8. Maarten says:

    HI Rachel,
    Very nice blog. Do you have an RSS feed?
    Kind regards,
    Maarten

  9. Houssem says:

    keep up the good work…
    Thanks.

  10. RAghav says:

    Gr8 going…
    Keep it up RAchel…

  11. Chan says:

    Straight Simple explanation.. I like it.

  12. aacky says:

    I like your thoughts

  13. Yasser says:

    Hi Rachel! you are brilliant I am about to graduate from my IT Uni and I think that I have to learn by myself to become like you. I think the whole my 5 years study can’t deliver 5 weeks trying to do my Own program and my own business. By the way I am living in Syria and here you have to learn will how to run away from Bombs before learning how to Bind a ListView with Multi-Columns😉. Regards

  14. just need to say you are a wonderfull programer and i need to learn more from you ,really🙂

  15. Dmitry says:

    Laziness: I’m too lazy to do the same task repeatedly so write scripts to do that task for me. This makes people think I am intelligent.

    Impatience: I’m too impatient to wait for my code to run so rewrite the code to improve performance. This makes people think I am a good programmer.

    Hubris: When someone asks if I can do something I just say Yes, then go find out how to do it (Google!). This makes people think I can do anything.

    Hahahahahaha LOL😉

    I like it!

  16. firsthandwpf says:

    Hey Rachel
    I have been working on WPF for quite some time now but still haven’t got the full grasp of it. So just wanted to know which book you would recommend to get the basic fundamentals right and get the real essence of WPF.
    Thanks

  17. LH says:

    Hi Rachel,
    I’m a former ITT Tech instructor (Programming and Networking) in NY(alb) and I got a job doing WPF. Prior I was doing asp.net, php and javascript. I did some android development too and it is a bit similar to WPF.

    Your website is very helpful and I will be coming back~! Who said teachers can’t learn from students🙂. The few students in the programming track were always the brightest!

    • Rachel says:

      Hi Lenny,

      Glad to hear this site is helping you. I actually graduated from ITT’s SAP program in WNY a few years ago, and I enjoyed quite a few of the teachers there. Good luck to you with WPF!

      Rachel

      • HMO says:

        Hi Rachel,
        I have read your blog. It is very nice and informative.
        Thank you for sharing your knowledge.

        HMO

  18. Zenwalker says:

    Nice 2 see a geek girl!! Rock On!

  19. readonlyProgrammer says:

    nice blog keep it up .

  20. Ed says:

    Nice blog. I am also glad you are on StackOverflow. I’ve valued many of your contributions, even when they beat mine🙂 You seem quite accomplished for your age, and should be proud of yourself.

  21. niko says:

    I’m impressed.im completely impressed with your 3 points
    1)lazyness 2)Impatience 3)Hubris. great saying rachel.liked it wheres the thumb up to like it lol: and even I liked your question on programmers stackexchange.these one
    whats your experiance with female programmers!really cool!

  22. Chetan says:

    hi Rachel very nice post …thanks for sharing your knowledge.

  23. bharat says:

    nice to read ur blog

    • Ehsan says:

      Hello,
      my name is Ehsan
      i have a simple (but very important one for me) question:

      i want that, to enable dragfullwindows in c sharp, i mean , i want to enable click and drag on whole the window , as you know in normal condition you can just drag window form by click and drag on title bar.
      thank you

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