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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
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answered New Team Lead - How to deal with a resentful former peer
Jul
8
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.
Jul
7
comment View Source - is the Viewable markup important to you?
I also dissagree that no one should know how to do it. Thats kind of like saying no one should know how to make fire with out matches because we have lighters. But he is entitled to his opinion. Understanding how to read it and what it is doing can help you figure out why you are having flakey behavior in applications some times. Granted I have not gone to assembly level in 15 years I could (With some refrence to get reaquainted).
Jul
7
comment View Source - is the Viewable markup important to you?
I would agree if javascript actually did anything. The browser takes the commands and interprets them and calls methods and properties of the DOM. Assembly goes direct to memory locations for data does calculations and writes to memory locations. There is no DOM (or anything like it) to leverage in Assembly. If he wanted to relate it to basic I could agree. Even cobal or fortran.
Jul
7
answered How do you control code quality on your team?
Jul
7
answered View Source - is the Viewable markup important to you?
Jul
7
comment What to do about team member who threatens to leave all the time and is difficult to work with?
The poster lasted this long because she is a professional. As a professional you have to work through difficult situations all the time. If you cut and run everytime it gets difficult you will soon find that you have to run further each time to get away from other things you have already run away from.
Jul
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comment What to do about team member who threatens to leave all the time and is difficult to work with?
Just to note when I wrote this I did not look at your username and did not make the connection that the poster was female. My advice remains the same however.
Jul
7
comment What to do about team member who threatens to leave all the time and is difficult to work with?
@Jeff - No they dont. But they also want team players. Yes you have rights. But you also have the right not to exercise them. I am not suggesting that anyone should simply put up with it. But companies respect people more who are willing to work to make the situation better rather than just filing greivances. The company probably has a process for dealing with it and once the paperwork is filed, your manager has less discretion in how to deal with it. And fairly or not, a manager is more likely to take the offenders side if you make them think you do not trust them to make it right.
Jul
6
comment What to do about team member who threatens to leave all the time and is difficult to work with?
This is definately an option... But the truth of the matter is you do not get ahead by filing these types of claims. I agree that this is definately a case that should fall in there, but while they can not take into account any claims you have filed, there are plenty of subjective things that can go against you instead of for you. Its not fair but it is life. If you like the company you work for and want to have a carreer there this should be a very last resort. Give your chain of command every oppotunity to deal with this.
Jul
6
comment Why is + so bad for concatenation?
I think the problem is + is a mathmatical operator. And that the concatination function of the + confuses that standard process. because while "Hello" + number may work number + "Hello" may not.
Jul
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answered What to do about team member who threatens to leave all the time and is difficult to work with?
Jul
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comment Should you bother with SVN branches if you only ever have one?
LOL ok I mis understood and thought you just had the trunk (with one exception) I have used this method as well its fine for a small group and frequent small releases it didnt work well for us doing large releases on regular (3-6 month) intevals.