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*Cough ahem* Pedant alert. He didn't train Darth Vader (or Anakin). He recommended that he be trained to the Jedi Council. He was killed before any training actually took place - he only returned to the Jedi fold after Anakin turned to Vader to instruct Yoda and Obi Wan how to live on after death.
*pre-emptive celebratory nipple tassle jiggle* - Sean Ewington
A man walks past a beggar every day and gives him $10 and that Continues for a year. Then suddenly the daily donation changes to $7.50.
" Well," the beggar thinks, " it's still better than nothing."
A year passes in this way until the man's daily donation suddenly becomes $5.
" What's going on now?" the beggar asks his donor. " First you give me $10 every day, then $ 7.50 and now only $5. What's the problem?"
" Well," the man says, " last year my eldest son went to university. It's very expensive, so I had to cut costs. This year my eldest daughter also went to university, so I had to cut my expenses even further ."
" And how many children do you have?" the beggar asks.
" Four," the man replies.
" Well," says the beggar, " I hope you don't plan to educate them all at my expense"
Well, I been at this job a couple of weeks now, and I'm glad this week is over!
Agile environment is about as agile as an elephant with ingrown toenails.
Comments in code? Why would you waste the characters?
MVVM - in name only.
Seems to me that most places I work at have very similar issues (hopefully I'm not the cause!!!) in that the developers are generally pretty damn good, but are just let loose with little technical management. So the code base is littered with 1001 ways of doing the same thing, broken design patterns and clever code that does the job it was designed to do, but is not very maintainable, and is about as flexible as my c*ck at a strip club (and, let me tell you, my poultry is exceedingly inflexible)
I really liked the sound of this job as it was a chance to be a hands on dev without the responsibility I've had in the past - but I am wondering whether I might have to step up and rattle some cages a bit in order to get some processes working.
Alternatively I just keep my head down, spend the money... and wait until PooperPig makes me enough to retire!
I mainly have a similar feeling. The front is often bloathed with buzz words used by (bad) managers or talk the talk developers.
When you start looking under the hood many other words come to mind: spaghetti, maintenance nightmare and of course my all-time favourite: WTF !
(it's not for nothing that CP has a wtf icon you know )
Ah yes, talking the talk, but not walking the walk. All too common.
There are small strides being made at my job. I recently got a development/production branch setup in TFS and got everybody familiar with how to merge. That'll help ensure our dev/prod environments don't intermingle too much. And I spent a couple days this week cleaning up some code (e.g., converted a hodgepodge of string concatenation into a clean separation of view/model, and replaced embedded SQL calls with LINQ to Entity calls).
And there are some other folk who have setup a build server so you can't check in anything that does not build. The plan seems to be automatic deployments from TFS, but we need to get over a few hurdles first. They are also doing some interesting stuff with Ninject and are writing everything in C# ( ) rather than VB.NET ( ). Though, they have virtually no comments in their code; I'm hoping that's because they are changing stuff so frequently that they are putting code commenting off until later (though they seem like they might be the type who think well written code explains itself... hope not).
It's slow going, but there are a few of us fighting the good fight to improve the code base and processes. Better than previous places I have worked where any suggestion of change was met with rejection.