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Never attribute to malice that which can simply be explained by stupidity
Besides, this guy didn't need the job security as he was already sort of retired, just did a friend a favor.
Not that this guy is stupid.
He knows a lot about a lot and I know he's a great manager and salesman, but he can't write code for sh*t
I have to give him credit though, the application works and the customer is satisfied.
They considered another party, but they could not do what this guy did and it was more expensive too.
I know a professional IT club at another likewise company around here can't get it to work at all!
These guys need three days of work for what this badly written software does in an afternoon.
I tried contacting this other company to offer them my services, but the responsible person wouldn't even come to the phone, call me back or respond to my email
Ah that explains it, coding is not his primary job. In the 90's I made a living turning apps built by these sort of people into well designed database applications so I have seen many of these. I once spent 3 years following a particular "consultant" from site to site rebuilding his systems.
Never underestimate the power of human stupidity -
I'm old. I know stuff - JSOP
Still doesn't explain it
His primary job was coding, it wasn't until he started his own company that he went into sales and management.
He went from Clipper and DBase to VB to VB.NET and SQL Server.
And he still did plenty of programming after that.
He never quite got out of that Clipper and DBase mindset though.
I know this guy pretty well
This is a fairly recent application written by someone with over 30 years of experience in software development
Sounds like someone from pre-RDBMS times who is still doing exactly what he used to do when he started out with C-ISAM or something of that ilk. Probably thinks he's bang up-to-date 'cos he does the odd bit of VB6 and no longer keeps his code on 5 1/4 floppies.
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And he's not even the worst software developer I know
Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect. - Mark Twain