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Jul
13
comment Software Engineer VS “Harder” Jobs
@Jeremy - exactly my point. @Aaron McIver - don't take things so literally! :-D
Jul
13
comment Software Engineer VS “Harder” Jobs
@HLGEM PS you're not one of those wives I hope are you? ;-)
Jul
13
comment Software Engineer VS “Harder” Jobs
@HLGEM well in fairness to the OP, I think you're making a lot of assumptions here. It could have an excuse his wife was giving her mother to avoid a social obligation. From his other comments, he seems like a hard working guy.
Jul
13
comment Software Engineer VS “Harder” Jobs
Maybe they mull over their package lifting technique?
Jul
13
comment Software Engineer VS “Harder” Jobs
I don't know - for a lot men the things you listed (child care, making dinner, house cleaning, cooking and dishes) aren't issues until a woman moves in with them. LOL!
Jul
13
comment Software Engineer VS “Harder” Jobs
Yeah this is a fun answer but is NOT the right approach.
Jul
13
comment Software Engineer VS “Harder” Jobs
I think maths is a better analogy. When people ask me what working as a programmer is like, I say it's like doing maths all day long. To most people, who hated maths at school, that sounds like hell! :-D And immediately gives them a helluva lot more respect for programming work.
Jul
11
comment Completing a project successfully despite hostile management?
+1 for being the only answer to mention the bigger picture company-wide. You have to look at this project in the context of the parent company's strategy.
Jun
27
comment What is the Best Way to Incentivize a Team of Developers?
That would work assuming everybody responsible for the problem was in the pot. You wouldn't want some bone headed manager who wasn't in the pot who causes chaos with his every move. Actually you probably wouldn't want any boneheads in the pot, as they could wreck it for everybody else. I'm guess I'm trying to say that boneheads=bad :-P
Jun
27
comment What is the Best Way to Incentivize a Team of Developers?
Good answer but you've almost completely focused on demotivators. What about motivators?
Jun
27
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Jun
21
comment How to improve relationships between consultants and staff programmers
You nailed it - it's the management.
Jun
14
comment Is there a point to including a “change log” in every code file when you are using version control?
+1 I was going to write this answer but you've saved me the trouble. Not just stored procedures are distributed as source, but many scripting languages too. I use OpenACS and TCL a lot - often if a client has a forked version of a particular file, the only way to be GUARANTEED that you know which version they have is by reading the change log. Particularly handy if you are logged into a client's site and can't easily do diffs with the version control software.
Jun
9
comment what's best platform for explaining pseudo-code to a developer who knows nothing about it?
I definitely think it'd be much easier finding someone who already knows Matlab and get them to learn the 2nd language, rather than vice versa. (Unless the 2nd language is something even more obscure and difficult to learn! LOL)
Jun
8
answered what's best platform for explaining pseudo-code to a developer who knows nothing about it?
Jun
8
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Jun
8
comment Will high reputation in Stack Overflow help to get a good job?
I disagree with your "perfect resume" idea - I think it's focused on a very small part of a very large domain. As humans we tend to associate with people who mirror ourselves - so if you've spent time building a profile on Stack Overflow, Hacker News etc you may eventually forget that there is a world of people out there who have never even heard of those. Some of those people are the best programmers you'll ever meet. I have to confess I've never heard of Hacker News. Having said that, I do take your point.
Jun
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Jun
8
comment Is it “normal” for people to not work?
I don't think this response is fair. As I said in my response, we have to assume good faith - take the guy at his word, and answer his question.
Jun
8
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