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Once Upon a time a magical company called MagicDollars (for the sake of brevity for the rest of the answer we will refer to this company by its stock ticker M$) and this company made the most widely used, operating system, internet browser, office productivity suite, and various other products. M$ had this great idea to just integrate all of its software so that they would all work together seamlessly. This would be great for users of this software since this would make doing things like importing a webpage in a Ward processing (because in magicland we have wards instead of words) document, seemlessly and natively.

But this would evidently make the software too good. And we cant have people getting software that is too good. Because then if another company came along with their own version of good software people will be too dumb to install and use that if they have the already integrated versions that were included. So the Neanderthal Union decreed that M$ was using its magical abilities to make things too difficult for smaller developers to create super complex applications that they must give away for free. And said you will no longer make things work together seemlessly.

And instead of extending their middle wand to the NeU and saying fine we shall no longer make software that can be used in the NeU... M$ bowed before the luddites and said ok. So now you can not rename a file from inside of your office productivity suite in Magicland.


Jul
8
comment Is outsourcing (offshoring) disloyal?
@Wayne yes I know that too. I get contacted about real jobs. I work as a contractor so I like to see what is out there. I
Jul
8
comment Is outsourcing (offshoring) disloyal?
@Wayne - I do not think we disagree for the most part. But there are jobs out there because I have head hunters contacting me at least weekly. I dont work based on Average wage. I work on what I need to live comfortably. I do live in the midwest with a lower cost of living than either coast area. But I could make it pretty easy there I just wouldnt have all my toys. But I wouldnt have anywhere to put them either.
Jul
8
revised Is there any benefit to obsession with making code “look pretty”?
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Jul
8
comment New Team Lead - How to deal with a resentful former peer
When do we get to make the call for .... ONE MILLION DOLLARS... +1 great advice
Jul
8
comment New Team Lead - How to deal with a resentful former peer
I disagree with accepting that this developer is best just thrown away (my words). But your advice in how to handle it applies very well either way.
Jul
8
comment New Team Lead - How to deal with a resentful former peer
-1 This is good advice for dealing with the relationship if it fails but a poor way to start it out.
Jul
8
comment New Team Lead - How to deal with a resentful former peer
You make the same failure as the poster in assuming that the developer is going to fail. This will prevent his ability to destroy the project, but it also prevents him from providing any contribution. A greater crime in american history than slavery was our racial and gender discrimination that undoubtably preempted great discoveries, inventions, and advancements.
Jul
8
comment New Team Lead - How to deal with a resentful former peer
That may have been the right thing to do when they were peers. As a lead that dynamic changes. The lead should appear in control of his/her emotions about the team. Expressing feelings that are not positive, will lend to an appearance that he just does not like the guy. And any constructive criticism is more likely to be disreguarded as the lead just has a personal grudge against him. This is not a friendship that needs mending it is a professional relationship that needs to transcend any personal feelings.
Jul
8
comment New Team Lead - How to deal with a resentful former peer
In theory peer performance reviews seem like a good idea. In practice they tend to seem like the team is picking on the weakest member(even if they are not). This serves no positive purpose. A leads job is to lead the team forward.
Jul
8
comment New Team Lead - How to deal with a resentful former peer
If you run away from every challenge you will find yourself having to run further at each successive challenge.
Jul
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answered Is there any benefit to obsession with making code “look pretty”?
Jul
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answered New Team Lead - How to deal with a resentful former peer
Jul
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comment New Team Lead - How to deal with a resentful former peer
I was at first glad that you tried to address making it with the problem... until I saw that it was a backhanded slap at the idea of trying to work with him.
Jul
8
answered Is outsourcing (offshoring) disloyal?
Jul
8
comment What is the history behind the .NET platform's origins?
+1 There are lots of issues with click once that they never got right, especially the version checking. We use some click once apps and regularly have issues with the updater not recognizing the newer version on the server as being newer. Even if we go to the page and click the deploy button. WCF did help with alot of the Security issues though and WPF is much more robust than WinForms so there is a chance but they have to fix click once so it is more Pokayoke before it will be more widely adopted.
Jul
7
comment Is Displaying Degree In Office Appropriate?
+1 unless that degree confers something upon you that is required to fulfill your job role (Like a doctors does) nothing is gained.
Jul
7
comment Contract-to-hire - determining rate?
@Morons you do not know all of the concerns or what is involved in the situation to realistically judge that. They may be considering offering him relocation expenses, or other considerations. Though I agree that if they are demanding a trial period it is a red flag and you need to make sure you protect yourself.
Jul
7
comment Contract-to-hire - determining rate?
If this is 1099 then yes. If you are working for a contracting company or as a temporary 1040 employee then you will not get this, I would shoot for +25% and expenses if you will have to travel.
Jul
7
comment What to do about team member who threatens to leave all the time and is difficult to work with?
@wayne - I am assuming they did not state that the reason you were let go was for telling you co-worker to consult an attorney. And that is the catch. Employers want people who will do their jobs and not cause them problems. The harrassment was not right. While its illegal to fire you for filing a complaint. They can fire you for showing up 1 min late, or not being as productive as they require... Or they can simply not give you a promotion, good raise, approve your vacation request. Proving causation on these is difficult and even if you win you do not get rich your lawyer does.
Jul
7
comment View Source - is the Viewable markup important to you?
I get his point. I just think it is as horrible of an analogy as a college professor that said that Access was not a database. Access is not a good database but it is a database. I got his point but it leads those that do not understand to incorrect beliefs and assumpions.