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Long time developer in lots of different fields on different hardware using different languages for different reasons.

Greatly enjoying Ruby, Sequel, Nokogiri, Rails, Sinatra/Padrino, and trying to find time and opportunities to work with Python.

I have years and years of experience with Perl too, along with Java, SQL, Pascal, C, various assembly languages and interpreted BASICs.


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answered Should companies consider remote employees or stick to local employees?
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comment Should companies consider remote employees or stick to local employees?
location has no bearing on whether they are steering the project or coding it. Either they are competent and able to do their job or they are not. Don't hire people who are incompetent. Are you going to hire untrustworthy people so you can micro-manage them in the office? I've worked remotely many times and love it. I am the same worker in the office and out, only at home I work longer hours because I am not in a rush to get the hell out of the office and back home.
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comment Do you believe it's a good idea for Software Engineers to have to work as Quality Assurance Engineers for some period of time?
@Macy Abbey, one tactic to consider might be to have developers work in concert with the QA team to develop the testing scenarios. The unit tests could be written and designed in tandem, or the QA team could add their tests to the "tests" folder where the developer has unit tests. Some people think there should be separation between dev and QA but that fosters the competition. If both groups use their eyeballs and testing tricks together maybe they can ferret out the bugs and missed features even more quickly.
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comment Do you believe it's a good idea for Software Engineers to have to work as Quality Assurance Engineers for some period of time?
Absolutely not. Make sure they understand how teams work; Develop an attitude of ownership of problems; Culture an open atmosphere that encourages people to work in ad-hoc teams to discuss and solve problems. Too many people and companies encourage silos of knowledge and an "us against all of them" attitude. Honestly, the "us against all of them" needs to go away inside company walls because it hurts everyone.
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answered Should I continue learning a language if in the meanwhile I became interested in another language/platform?
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+1. Nice answers
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comment Have you tried programming via Collaborative Text Editing?
I use screen with one of our engineers often, and we both enjoy it. We're equipped with headsets so we can type as we talk on the phone.
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comment How do you cope with ugly code that you wrote?
I think that's a reasonable way of handling the problem too. The pain they subject to the developers needs to be passed back as additional cost. Management and the sales force have to buy into that philosophy too, otherwise the developers will get the shaft and be subjected to ever worsening code-bases.
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comment How to test my knowledge?
Also, your attitude is a big plus for a potential employer. Emphasize your "self-starter" attitude, that you know how to accomplish tasks with minimal supervision, and use good code versioning practices.