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I've been a programmer for over two decades. I work in Perl and a big pile of legacy PHP.

My book Land the Tech Job You Love is available from Pragmatic Bookshelf.

My Perl news blog is Perlbuzz.

My blog about tech life, including job hunting, is petdance.com.

AIM: petdance

Twitter: petdance, beyondgrep and perlbuzz


Oct
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awarded  Cleanup
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awarded  Editor
Oct
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comment How to respond when you are asked for an estimate?
You can always say "I'll get back to you." If someone says "Well, I need an answer," say "If I give you an answer now, it will be a lie. I do not have enough information right now. It would be a disservice to us both for me to make something up on the spot."
Oct
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awarded  Commentator
Oct
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comment Effectiveness of “what is your greatest strength/weakness” interview questions
What you're actually asking then is "How can I convince my colleagues of something that I can't actually put into words myself."
Oct
8
comment Effectiveness of “what is your greatest strength/weakness” interview questions
The sarcastic "Uh," is never helpful.
Oct
8
answered How to Subtly Tell a Professor About our Poor Programming Assignments?
Oct
8
comment Why '42' is the preferred number when indicating something random?
Why in the world is this a :-(, @Nathan Taylor? Surely you're not suggesting that all programmers subscribe to some single monoculture.
Oct
8
comment How should older programmers respond when interviewed
"Let me show you. I just happen to have brought a sheet of cardboard..."
Oct
8
answered Effectiveness of “what is your greatest strength/weakness” interview questions
Oct
8
comment What happens at [platform] user groups?
Why not go hit a user group outside your normal area of expertise? For instance, Googling on Saskatoon "user group" turns up a VMware user group. Even if you don't use VMware, you'll still learn something and meet other people.
Oct
8
comment What happens at [platform] user groups?
Thanks very much. I'm glad you dig it. Reviews on Amazon are more than welcome! :-)
Oct
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awarded  Teacher
Oct
8
comment What happens at [platform] user groups?
Where do you live? If you're anywhere near any reasonably sized city, chances are there's some sort of user group meeting you could go to.
Oct
8
awarded  Supporter
Oct
8
answered What happens at [platform] user groups?
Oct
8
answered How to sell a high SO reputation at an interview
Oct
8
awarded  Autobiographer
Oct
8
comment What to say when you don’t know the answer to an interview question?
Be sure to add "... and here's an example from my past where I had to do exactly that."
Oct
8
answered What should you leave behind for your successors?