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SharePoint infrastructure pays my bills. PHP pays my bills. SharePoint infrastructure pays my bills.


Jun
13
awarded  Commentator
Jun
13
comment Continuing Education as a Part of Your Job
Yes, we account for time as well. For example, this year I am focusing on updating my certifications. I bought some books and the exams are $150 each. I'll be well under the $1,500, but the key is that I can block off time during my workday to prepare.
Jun
13
answered Continuing Education as a Part of Your Job
Jun
8
comment Is constantly looking for code examples a sign of a bad developer?
Personally, if I find a code example that already does more or less what I want to do, I study it so I understand it. If it's a bigger piece of code I'll make notes and maybe then pseudocode out a solution for my specific case and then try to implement my pseudocode with actual code. I think the key here and what was mentioned by tdhammers and David is that I'm not blindly copying the code. I'm looking at it to understand what it's doing and then incorporating its ideas into my specific solution.
Jun
7
comment Why is the “kill” command called so?
@Joachim: chdir still works in Windows. It's been there since MS-DOS 1.0. It came from CP/M. My assumption is that it's roots are from the chdir() C function to change directories in your code. CD was created because chdir was too long...
Apr
18
comment How can I be more productive at work? (additional context inside)
Finish the work that you are assigned and ask for more.
Apr
13
awarded  Teacher
Apr
12
comment Is it just me or is this a baffling tech interview question?
Move on. There are better companies to work for.
Apr
11
comment Understanding the problem when things break in production
@maple_shaft I was going to say then troubleshoot it yourself! But it seems I misread the OP -- I thought there was a business decision keeping bitcyle (a developer) from the machines. My mistake.
Apr
11
comment Understanding the problem when things break in production
While you may not personally have access to production, you should have a member of the operations team who can be your eyes and hands in order to troubleshoot.
Feb
3
awarded  Citizen Patrol
Dec
14
comment Programming certificates
I think the point your making is you need to use your brain when assessing whether a programmer with a set of certificates actually knows and understands the theory/technology, and understand what it takes to satisfy the requirements for a certificate. In Microsoft's case this is one of the reasons for their new laddered certification system -- as you progress up through the levels (MCA, MCTS, MCPD, MCTIP, MCM, MCA), you are hopefully becoming more proficient with the technologies.
Dec
8
comment Explaining technical things to non-technical people
I work more in infrastructure than development and I find for most people their house is a very good (and emotional) analogy that fits many different scenarios: construction, inspection, maintenance, repairs, emergencies, renovating, etc.
Dec
8
awarded  Supporter
Dec
8
awarded  Autobiographer