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Ah, the days of BBSes. I wrote my own BBS software and ran it on my C64 back in the day. Sadly, in 1988 I wasn't in high school, I was 26 years old, had my degree, and was two years into my career. Now I feel really old.
Toggle Commented Aug 9, 2012 on I Was a Teenage Hacker at Coding Horror
With an article like this you're going to get the people who know the answers thinking it's great and the people who don't thinking it's crap. With that out of the way... As others have said, the audition project step seems like it would only work if the candidate were self-employed or unemployed. I have a pretty busy life, and after leaving work for the day I don't really have another eight hours I can put into a side project. Similarly with the on-line portfolio. I have a few points on SO and EE, but I don't have anything on GitHub as the software I do write on my own time is so specific to a problem I'm trying to solve that there's really no benefit to sharing it. However, I have consistently gotten outstanding reviews, commendations, and praise everywhere I've worked, so I like to think I'm a pretty darn good developer/engineer/architect who would be passed over because I don't eat/drink/sleep software development every hour of my life.
Toggle Commented Mar 6, 2012 on How to Hire a Programmer at Coding Horror
I'm afraid I have to agree with Tomlev2. My 50-year-old eyes aren't what they used to be, and in order to see well I need lots of light. As for reflection, the only place I get any reflection is the bezel of my monitor, the screen doesn't reflect the room behind me. What make me alternatingly laugh and scream is the excuse many of my co-workers use, which is, "I don't like the 60hz refresh rate of the flourescents." Oh, you mean the EXACT SAME REFRESH RATE YOUR FLAT PANEL MONITOR USES? I personally also consider it just a tad unprofessional. I don't know about you, but if I walked into the office of my doctor, lawyer, accountant, financial planner, or any other profession and the office was all dark except for the glow of the monitor I'd find another person to handle my business.
Toggle Commented Nov 7, 2011 on Bias Lighting at Coding Horror
I continue to find it amusing how after the gross malfeasance of companies like MCI, Tyco, and Enron, people continue to think that corporations are good and just and the government is evil. I wonder what it will take for the masses to finally understand that corporations are interested in one thing and one thing only, profits. If they can get them by laying us all off, shipping our jobs to India, and making us pay for anything beyond email traffic, they'll do it. They need to be reigned in.
Toggle Commented Feb 15, 2011 on The Importance of Net Neutrality at Coding Horror
In my opinion it's less about being able to program and more about being able to solve problems. All you have to do is spend an hour perusing Experts-Exchange to find out just how many people working as programmers can't research and/or solve the simplest of problems. People who will get an answer written in C# and then ask that the respondent write it in VB.NET for them. I recently was asked four questions in a phone pre-screen: 1. Name five of the events during a page life-cycle. 2. What happens between Init and Load. 3. Difference between HttpModule and HttpHandler. 4. What do these terms mean: abstract, protected, internal, static, virtual? The person doing the screening said I was the first candidate to answer all of them without hesitation. One candidate told her that he usually is sitting in front of Google when doing a phone screen. I think that's part of the problem. The internet has allowed us to share information in a way that wasn't possible when I entered the field 25 years ago. We had to figure it out ourselves (and walk uphill to school both ways in the snow). Now a person figures that if they don't know something they can always ask Google, and cut-and-paste the answer into their application. The problem is they never learn what all that cut-and-pasted code is actually doing.
Toggle Commented Feb 22, 2010 on The Non-Programming Programmer at Coding Horror
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