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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
6
comment Why do we still use JavaScript?
Actually IE tried to start down a path of fixing JS the result was IE 6...
Jul
5
answered Promotion or De-motivation
Jul
5
comment What does the term day-one-bug mean?
It means that your "Dead Relative" in Ghana with the fortune they imbezeled through their computer trickery... does not really exist... I know that probably shakes you to the core.
Jul
1
comment Inspiring a co-worker to adopt better coding practices?
Are you the coders direct supervisor? If not then can you get management buy in on establishing coding standards?
Jul
1
answered How do you track Production tasks
Jul
1
comment Does over-reliance on tools imply that you are lazy?
Coder I have to go 120 miles for work pretty regularly. If I had to walk that It would take over 24 hours at a good (Military March) pace. Cars are a tool. That said I also hop in the car to go 3 blocks to the grocery store for a gallon of milk(Thats cause im lazy).
Jul
1
comment Does over-reliance on tools imply that you are lazy?
@Dave actually modern electronics have made the automatic actually more efficent on average. My Ford Fusion with same options was rated almost a full mile per gallon less. I am sure there are times where the manual is still better in the micro but over all automatic has the lead.
Jul
1
comment Does over-reliance on tools imply that you are lazy?
+1 yes, uninformed opinionated junior programmers have become lazy and less competent
Jul
1
comment Does over-reliance on tools imply that you are lazy?
+1 so true. Not to mention that of the 25k crew of the the Enterprise im sure that there were people responsible for the programming of Computer so that it can take those simple program commands.
Jul
1
comment Does over-reliance on tools imply that you are lazy?
+1 for the whole. I am not sure I with "The only thing you should be developing is code that is unique to the business you're developing for." But I will concede that it is a valid business strategy.
Jun
30
comment How were the first compilers made?
+1 for the answer but I am tempted to remove it for the use of goto
Jun
30
comment Does anyone work 10 hours shifts as a developer?
When i work from home and have no distractions I will sit down at 6am and look up at my wife trying to get me to come eat dinner at 6pm and not even notice.
Jun
30
comment How will we be able to produce websites without using cookies with the new law?
@Techie of course you did i mean im sure you read all of the terms of service before you checked I agree...
Jun
30
comment How will we be able to produce websites without using cookies with the new law?
@techie so if the explict use of my site is to gather your information and tracking your surfing habits im ok right :P Im sure that is how it would be ruled in the US.
Jun
29
comment Should I be paid for time spent learning a framework?
Sounds like you should be talking about this with your manager or work director not SE.
Jun
28
comment What is the Best Way to Incentivize a Team of Developers?
@Steve what they didnt tell you was they wanted an incentive plan that costs nothing, give the programmers nothing except some false sense of accomplishment and does not make anyone feel bad.... so you get to program in first grade :p
Jun
28
comment What is the Best Way to Incentivize a Team of Developers?
Actually I only partially agree with you. While getting their input may be important your team may have different ideas on how they want to be rewarded. This can cause division. In addition there is something extra to an incentive that you like but did not ask for. If you ask and do not get you feel cheated. If you are given but did not asked then you are blessed.
Jun
27
comment What is the Best Way to Incentivize a Team of Developers?
Spot bonuses are OK for rewarding a short term success or contribution. But then they become the expected. If for a month you are recieving 2 spot bonuses a week and then a month later you are working even harder(In your opinion) but getting no bonus then it works in reverse. Maybe you are not earning it maybe the carrot has just been taken away.. it doesnt really matter.
Jun
27
comment What is the Best Way to Incentivize a Team of Developers?
+1 I would much rather not be demotivated than incentivised.
Jun
27
answered What is the Best Way to Incentivize a Team of Developers?