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comment Questions to ask before someone leaves
We just retired a computer last year that was the last computer able to build a certain component for a shipping product (the .NET replacement for this VB4 app was finally released 3 years late). It used a 3rd party component with an aggressive copy protection scheme and the vendor went out of business 8 or so years ago. This guy quit 3 years ago, and all the other devs who had worked on the product had long since upgraded their machines making this machine more critical than it should have been.
Oct
31
answered Advice for solo programmer whose team will expand in the near future
Oct
30
answered Adding new features to an old application
Oct
28
answered A programmer should concentrate on at least how many languages?
Oct
28
comment Is it bad etiquette to ask a potential employer how they score on the Joel Test?
@Ryan: Many recruiters will take your resume and replace the contact information with theirs. This prevents the company from approaching you without the recruiter knowing. If you interview enough, you will find some recruiter pasted someone else's resume when they intended to paste yours, and that leads to an extremely tense situation when they ask you about something you never did. Sometimes, recruiters will add features to your resume because they want the commission and hope that you'll get the job anyway. There are enough bad apples out there that you'll take precautions.
Oct
27
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Oct
27
answered Is it bad etiquette to ask a potential employer how they score on the Joel Test?
Oct
27
comment What do you do with a heisenbug?
@SnOrfus: we try to include some logging in our application with the capability to add more details. Perhaps using MS' Enterprise Library for logging; one can configure what gets logged by level, so by changing a number in the config file, one can turn on/off debug code (off for deployment and general shipping code, with tech support telling the customer what entry to change to turn on the level of logging needed).
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