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This is why I enjoy working on other people's code
Got a rise once (in a permie role) for reducing an "overnight" daily batch report job's runtime from 26 hours (tricky when it was run daily) to a tad under 20 minutes. (Hint - when doing a sequential scan of an ordered database table finding a series of matching records, there's no need to go back to the beginning of the table after each match). My boss wasn't remotely techie and simply didn't want to know what I'd done; he'd saved his own bacon and that's all he was interested in.
A freelance job to speed up a webpage process resulted in over a 100x improvement; switching from building a complex HTML string from a LOT of string concatenations (inside a loop) to using a StringBuilder object was a very high-earning job in terms of £ / hour!
I've got this project that I've been working on for almost two years now.
It hasn't seen production yet, mostly because the client gives this zero priority.
I think they don't even know what they're up against, a startup company with their own product.
Their train of thought so far has been as follows: "Let's tell Sander what our product should do (like, in one or two sentences) and he'll build it within the year and then we can make some money!"
That I actually need to know what I should build hasn't crossed their minds, that's up to me to find out.
When I ask them "Should I do x or y?" or "Can you look at this and give me the correct values?" I just get zero response until I ask them again and they tell me they'll look at it and I get zero response again.
It took them over a year after I've put some software in a test environment to actually take a good look at it
Needless to say I'm not very motivated, but it's been months since I've done anything and they want to see another release (so they can ignore it again).
One of these guys already has two businesses and the other works in IT (went from tester to business analyst), you'd expect they knew what they were doing.
Unfortunately, I've signed a contract and they keep paying the bills, so I can't just quit.
I've tried talking to them, but not much changed
Here's the plan: just give them something that could qualify as "done" by their own vaguely defined standard and never hear from them again
Lessons learned: Never sign a contract on a basis of "We'll figure it out as we go."
If only, they aren't paying particularly well, but they pay as agreed in the contract
Meanwhile, I have a job that pays a lot better so that makes me want to work for them even less.
But "I've got a better paying customer" is not a legal ground for breaking a contract methinks (unless it's specified in the contract, which it isn't)
Paying as agreed is worth a lot - it can waste a lot of your time chasing late payers*. Even if the money is lower, you gain in the end. I've done that many times: a lower rate for those I know will pay in 30 days, a higher rate for those I know I'll fight to get in 60 or 90, despite any up-front agreements.
* And cause significant dental bills to repair the teeth grinding
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I've had to do that before. I worked through the .com boom. Don't feel bad about it. You're delivering what they paid for. It's their own fault if they can't come up with tech specs, and given their backgrounds they should realize that. Even if they don't, it's not on you.
When I was growin' up, I was the smartest kid I knew. Maybe that was just because I didn't know that many kids. All I know is now I feel the opposite.
The app is the Nuget Package Explorer - Seriously... 358 f*ckin folders/files!?
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