It's just a non-coding colleague an myself here, but she keeps on buying these dashboard/reporting tools...you know the ones...you just give it a database connection and you can produce pretty charts and graphs in 10 minutes. One of them was a total dead end as they decided to abandon the promise of export to html5, instead only supporting flash. After a few dead ends now, I think I'm finally getting respect for what can be done with jQuery or even native .Net charting components.
The original question "How often do you shoot down product to tool choices your manager / team lead presents to your team?" presupposes that your manager suggests tools. In my case, that doesn't happen.
Sometimes I miss being the programming department. When you are the designer/architect, implementer and QA, the odds of bug getting through drop considerably. If, heaven forbid, one does show up, you probably know were it is before they finish explaining it. The reason I left the job was because I wrote most of the code they used and was literally going nuts due to boredom.
"Program testing can be used to show the presence of bugs, but never to show their absence." - Edsger Dijkstra
"I have never been lost, but I will admit to being confused for several weeks. " - Daniel Boone
I am with you. I own my company and have multiple clients through the Southeast. So, there is never enough time to get bored, between new Modification requests, new Bug reports and many clients with a slightly different version.
Also, converting from VB6 to C#, only to discover that string handling is abysmal, and dates are truly ridiculous.
Any proponent of C# who argues that VB6 is "much more verbose" is someone that has never used VB6.
Take responsibility for your actions and failure to act when you should. that is what everybody else has to live with. It's OK to make a mistake. It's not OK to try to cover it up.
We can choose, as long as it's already on the "approved software list".
".45 ACP - because shooting twice is just silly" - JSOP, 2010 ----- You can never have too much ammo - unless you're swimming, or on fire. - JSOP, 2010 ----- When you pry the gun from my cold dead hands, be careful - the barrel will be very hot. - JSOP, 2013
I'm likely to leave my current place soon because there are idiots "up top" constantly telling us what's best and making us switch to it.
It's ridiculous, they have no clue what we actually need and that one tool does not fit all situations.