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Jun
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comment Should experienced programmers know database queries?
@SK-logic, What kinds of options do you feel make relational databases irrelevant? Datawarehousing is too specialized for analytics to be useful in a transactional system. And don't get me started on everything wrong with OODBMS.
Jun
8
comment Should experienced programmers know database queries?
+1 and I wish I could give you 100 more! I know that corellation != causation but it is more than apparent to me that the most effective application developers I have EVER worked with had a thorough understanding of how to write a standard SELECT query. I should be able to hand a good developer a data model and a "question" about the data and that person should eventually be able to write a query that "answers" my question.
Jun
8
comment Should experienced programmers know database queries?
Would you still disagree if I say that a good ENTERPRISE or BUSINESS application software engineer (as opposed to embedded systems, etc...) and if I said that this person should be an expert at STANDARD relational database queries (without fancy-pants vendor specifics like analytical queries and the like)? A thorough understanding of SQL SELECT statements, all types of joins, unions, intersects and merges, inline views, conditions, ordering and grouping result sets should be thoroughly understood and amply demonstrated by ANY software engineer that carries the labels that I specified above.
Jun
8
comment Should experienced programmers know database queries?
+1 Great answer!
Jun
8
comment Should experienced programmers know database queries?
Maybe my answer is a little too subjective... it depends on you define "complex". To myself, a complex query is one that has an unusual number of joins, or uses vendor specific functionality, OR especially in performance critical queries that must be tuned using vendor specific knowledge.
Jun
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comment Should experienced programmers know database queries?
@Shamim, I would expect this person to be moderately experienced with queries unless this person was a junior or entry level. Perhaps this person only has a few years experience and was sheltered on a highly specialized team?
Jun
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answered Should experienced programmers know database queries?
Jun
7
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Jun
7
comment Does craftsmanship pay off?
+1 On name recognition! This is especially true if you live in a smaller city like I do. If you plan on settling in a smaller city area for a long time you may end up working with certain people again sometime in your career as there is a limited number of large employers in the region. At one place, one name came to notoriety amongst me and my peers, someone who used to work at the company who wrote the legendary 15 level nested loop. Later in my career his resume came to my inbox, which I recognized immediately and tossed.
Jun
6
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Jun
6
comment Is there a source for user opinions on commercial enterprise software?
They don't have to win in court, they don't even have to have anything remotely resembling a case. They will crush you in legal fees the way the US crushed the Soviet Union by outspending.
Jun
6
comment Is there a source for user opinions on commercial enterprise software?
"That or we reserve a special rating below 0 for companies unwilling to brook criticism" again another slanderous lie </devilsadvocate>. What grounds did corporations have that granted corporations are people and protected by free speech in Citizens United? The grounds are money, dirty dirty money and they have a lot of it.
Jun
6
comment Can I use “user stories” for process improvement tasks?
+1 Eloquently put.
Jun
6
comment Can I use “user stories” for process improvement tasks?
I disagree but won't downvote because I appreciate your courage :)
Jun
6
answered Can I use “user stories” for process improvement tasks?
Jun
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answered Is there a source for user opinions on commercial enterprise software?
Jun
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Jun
6
comment What's the rationale of not simply disclosing the license fees for a commercial libary or tool?
@Martin, That made me laugh :) That is such a sales thing to say no matter what is being sold. When I am asked this I throw out a ridiculously low-balled number only to get an incredulous and disdained attitude from the sales person, "Well if you can find a deal on that price then I encourage you to go for it" is the typical response. They will typically call back in a few days for a more serious discussion.
Jun
6
comment Is there a source for user opinions on commercial enterprise software?
In case you were living under a rock for the past 20 years let me clue you in, this is the Modus Operandi of the industry. A big portion of the industry and a LOT of software jobs are riding on these large enterprise software suites. Sometimes it was a poor choice, other times there is a LOT of money to spend and they WANT IT based on the name recognition alone. Appearances drive the industry and a lot of times people make money and obtain investment capital by spending BIG on cumbersome enterprise software suites and unnecessarily large development teams.
Jun
6
answered What's the rationale of not simply disclosing the license fees for a commercial libary or tool?