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I yearn to be Bugs.

I suspect I am Daffy.

I look like Elmer.


Jan
17
comment Why do we still use floats?
Ah - so it's the fault of the HARDWARE! That's GREAT! It frees the developer from having to actually THINK so he can just sit in his cubicle and serve the whine! Feh! You want smooth and realistic, you do what it takes to get there! You want fast and accurate, you do what it takes to get there! Share and enjoy.
Nov
27
comment How do programmers quit a job?
When the company decides to let you go you get zero notice - more commonly it's "Uh, Fred, could you join us in (managers name)'s office for a minute?". That "minute" is your notice. When we had a pile of layoffs a while ago it was the typical bad scene - people being called into manager's offices one by one, then walked out the door by security with box in hand, with the entire department paralyzed by fear, etc, blah. Sonsabitches...
Oct
8
awarded  Yearling
May
31
awarded  Autobiographer
May
24
comment First dedicated IDE?
@JonStrayer - IDE does not imply graphics. Turbo Pascal, which I think most who used it would consider to have had an IDE, did it all in character mode on IBM PC's. Ditto and likewise SPF/ISPF on IBM mainframes where graphics were not commonly available on the desks of lowly programmers. Certainly OP's second and third things could be done on a TTY, albeit differently than on a character terminal, which would be different from what we get today. Times change, capabilities change, expectations change. And so it goes...
Apr
30
comment At what point during a project is it unreasonable to leave?
@MartinBeckett - leaving with no notice is "burning bridges" but, yes, it's the flip side of "at will". Employers can tell you to get out, now, and you can toss your badge on the desk and say "Adios!". Note that getting that last paycheck, etc, can get sticky if you bail without notice so plan your emotional crises in advance, please.
Nov
10
awarded  Nice Answer
Oct
8
awarded  Yearling
Jun
4
comment Do I really need oop for my kind of job? After 10 years I think I don't
@Kyralessa: you might want to investigate Smalltalk.
Jun
1
comment How do you portray to non programmers what programming involves?
Management Rule #1: Everything is easy, as long as someone else is doing it. :-)
Dec
15
comment At what point during a project is it unreasonable to leave?
12 weeks!! In 30+ years I have never seen anything like that.
Dec
14
answered At what point during a project is it unreasonable to leave?
Dec
10
answered Where is Smalltalk-80 best used?
Nov
26
answered Writing the minimum code to pass a unit test - without cheating!
Nov
19
comment What are the worst false economies in software development?
@Bernard - time and cost are measureable. Quality? Not so much. Sad but IMO true...
Nov
19
awarded  Commentator
Nov
19
comment What are the worst false economies in software development?
I work with a bunch of project leaders, managers, etc, all of whom have their oh-so-wonderful project management certification (whatever the heck it's called) and NOT ONE OF THEM had heard of The Mythical Man-Month before I introduced them to it. Sheesh!
Nov
19
comment What are the worst false economies in software development?
Where I work nearly everything could be bought OTS - and nearly everything is re-invented in-house because according to our Fearless Leaders (tm) "our environment is so complex that nothing on the market could possibly handle it". Pfeh! But what the hey - it pays the bills. We got told yesterday that a major component of our software is going to be re-written next year - WITH A GRAPHICAL INTERFACE! Ooooooh-aaaaaaah! I'm all a-twitter... (<pheh!>)
Nov
19
comment What are the worst false economies in software development?
When the hardware is inadequate I make it a point to let management know, usually by doing useful work like clipping my toenails or reading the paper during long compiles. I get the old slow machine? Sure, no prob. Oh, you got a rush bug fix and I've got to do the build? Sure thing, Mr-Manager-bwana-sahib-dude - see ya in 90 minutes! (Once had a manager ask me what I did all day - I told him "Re-built the app. Four times". "IN EIGHT HOURS?!?" he cried. "No, 'course not", said I. "That took 10 hours". New machine showed up not long after... :-)
Nov
19
comment What are the worst false economies in software development?
@Inaimathi - didn't you know? If they're being paid twice as much money then they must be twice as good! And by that math, paying 10x as much for the insta-guru's from Deep Six Accounting & Consulting, Inc obviously means one is getting 10x the work! (At least, that seems to be how certain senior management types see it). :-(