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Comes with the age and lack of maturity, I guess. When Mommy does everything for you, you don't learn the need to be polite.
It'll get kicked out of him when he gets his first job - particularly if it's in retail or fast food!
Bad command or file name. Bad, bad command! Sit! Stay! Staaaay...
..it is not just the equipment; I'm trying to figure out whether there's something like a "issue tracking" for medication. Can't find any version-information on the package. Imagine those drugs being created using the Agile process.
Bastard Programmer from Hell
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I think the kid was just a little frustrated and felt offended by not being taken seriously. My first computer is from the time when you had to solder your hardware yourself and I did not have any hair growing in my face yet. What do you think happened when I walked into a store to pick up some RAMs and various other parts?
"I don't know, extraterrestrial?"
"You mean like from space?"
"No, from Canada."
If software development were a circus, we would all be the clowns.
development is going to hell in a handbasket when the next generation enter the market?
No, it's not you.
So, recently they hired this kid who comes waltzing in with all his ego and "knowledge." Tells one of the senior developers, he should replace his custom parser (of some fixed length data stream), which the senior guy wrote in 10 lines of code, with some fancypants Python library that the kid has used and is great.
Four days later, fancypants library is still not working, and senior guy tells kid to stop working on it.
But, perception being what it is, kid blames the HAL for his ineptitude. Because the CTO guy loves Python, the decision, without even talking to me, was "pull Marc off the HAL" (remember, it's 90% complete) and throw two kids (one of them is from the first story, the other one --this being the third new kid -- is actually pretty sharp and nice) and have them re-architect and implement it in Python.
So, 90% done by 1 senior dev (moi), vs. 0% done and given to two junior devs. Oh, and did I mention that some of the hardware we're talking to only has API's for .NET???
For some reason, reading this chilling story of ineptitude brought to mind fragments of two of Robert Service's poems. The first four lines of "I Cremated Sam Magee:" (from memory, may be a bit off)
"Strange things are done beneath the midnight sun
by the men who moil for gold;
the Arctic nights have their secret sights
would make your blood run cold."
And (name of the poem escapes my memory): "We came to get rich (damn good reason)."
My mind then segued into "virtually hearing" a country song ... perhaps sung by Loretta Lynn ... titled: "What I do to make the rent." (a fantasy, that: no such actual country song ... that I know of).
So, thanks for the memories, Marc ! i"m going to go outside and scare away the local geckoes and make another cup of hot soy-milk, and then toast your good health, in a few minutes
«There is a spectrum, from "clearly desirable behaviour," to "possibly dodgy behavior that still makes some sense," to "clearly undesirable behavior." We try to make the latter into warnings or, better, errors. But stuff that is in the middle category you don’t want to restrict unless there is a clear way to work around it.» Eric Lippert, May 14, 2008
Sadly, it's one I've seen repeated, though the actors and plot are different, throughout the 35 years I've worked in this industry. And it isn't industry specific either! Just look at the idiocy of insurance companies dictating what health "care" (and by the time you're in the hospital, it usually isn't "care" anymore, at least not in the curative sense, it should rather be called "death care") can be given.
We just acquired a very bright spark who specialises in analytics, Python is his flavour of choice so now all projects will be written in Python. I know precisely how you feel but you are NOT allowed to wack the guy with a chair.
Never underestimate the power of human stupidity
Is it just me that thinks development is going to hell in a handbasket when the next generation enter the market?
You got it all wrong...
1. Those "lazy sunshines" will be hired by your (not your exactly ) manager...
2. As the only one not threatening the manager "lazy sunshines" will climb to management position when current manager goes up/out...
3. You will be called back (on an emergency base) to fix the wrong, ang banged around by "lazy sunshines"...
Brave new world...
Skipper: We'll fix it. Alex: Fix it? How you gonna fix this? Skipper: Grit, spit and a whole lotta duct tape.
He's a student. Just the Technical University of my city flushes out about 500 Computer Engineers per year, not counting Electronical, Electrical, Mechatronic and Telecommunication Engineers.
Multiply over the world counting the fact that many Univesities have lower ethical standards than mine and you'd have millions of new developers per year - but many of them won't be seeing a IDE or compiler a single time in their working life.
They'll try though, but they will be rejected. We had plenty of wannabee Electronic Engineers applying for a job who couldn't distinguish a resistor from a capacitor. Standard components, not fancy ones.
In cruising around town it is remarkable how many businesses and government offices have not upgraded to Windows 10, even for free. Why we might ask is this the case? At a claimed 350 million installations in the wild is the glass 1/3 full, or 2/3 empty?
There is a big difference between the requirements of business and government organizations carrying out activities on a day to day basis, and that of individual consumers. Windows cannot be a one size fit all.
So what can Microsoft to do in order to keep their investors hoppy?