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Mar
15
comment How was programming done 20 years ago?
@Thorbjørn : We had the coffee pot cam! And usenet! What else do you really need? Honestly, from my recollections, it wasn't that much of a problem. The need for web documentation has increased with the complexity of the stuff you're creating. If you were hammering together an accounting application with a text gui, you didn't need much documentation.
Mar
15
comment How was programming done 20 years ago?
@tmn: Heh. I don't like those either, for pretty much the same reason...Of course, I don't need to use them either, not being a web guy. 4GLs were worse though, because they were proprietary. Support cost a fortune, and if you didn't have support, you couldn't upgrade. I looked into a new license for ours a few years back, so I could migrate everything to a new server environment, and the license ran 150k! Per site! The COBOL I could migrate for free, and the databases only required some $500 interface. Whole project shut down because of that goddamn proprietary 4GL environment.
Mar
15
answered Bugs vs. Nonexistent Features
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15
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Mar
15
answered Are `break` and `continue` bad programming practices?
Mar
15
comment How was programming done 20 years ago?
Goddamn 4gls. I used one (Speedware) YESTERDAY. Why anyone ever thought that was a good idea is beyond me, but all my predecessors put untold man-hours into coding unsupportable 4GL code, and every now and again, I have to tweak something in the system. Talk about a useless skill.
Mar
15
answered How was programming done 20 years ago?
Mar
4
comment What do you do when you encounter an idiotic interview question?
@carson: The worst I ever experienced was with some consulting company in New York City...They told me that an efficiency expert had told them their productivity would go up 20% if everyone used their mouse with their left hand ONLY, and that, should I be lucky enough to be offered the job, I'd have to learn this "skill". Needless to say, I didn't stick around.
Mar
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Mar
4
answered What do you do when you encounter an idiotic interview question?
Mar
4
answered Should you charge clients hours spent on the wrong track?
Mar
3
comment Stuff you should have learned in school but didn't pay attention to at the time
@mark: "Cognitive Science", which was my original major, is basically nothing but AI, and largely comprised of philosophy. There are two kinds of philosophy: analytic and continental. All the stupid shit is continental. Analytic is logic, cog. sci, linguistics and shit like that.
Mar
2
answered Stuff you should have learned in school but didn't pay attention to at the time
Feb
28
comment Is writing comments inside methods not a good practice?
I do a lot of financials programming, and as a result, a lot of my methods are just math equations. Every single one of those needs to be exhaustively commented.
Feb
25
answered Can't work on real projects because I keep thinking about my side projects
Feb
25
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Feb
24
answered Harmful temptations in programming
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Dec
30
answered I still can't figure out how to program?