Every developer has two full time jobs

30. August 2011 Uncategorized 0
Today I was out playing on LinkedIn and came across a developer in my town who used to work at a friend’s company, so I checked him out.  I was looking at his website and reading a few entries of his blog.  One thing caught my eye. Apparently, he’d recently been laid off, and was ...

We need more producers

20. August 2011 Uncategorized 0
“That department of about 5-10 people creates enough work to employ about 200 people” That was a comment my dad had made to me one summer day while I was working at the same company.  He was talking about the 5-10 engineers that he managed.  The designs those guys did kept all the manufacturing people ...

Will it get here in time?

04. August 2011 One-Time 0
I’m certain that about this time, I bunch of people are asking “but, did you implement DVCS”.  The answer is no, not yet.  You still can’t checkin while you are offline.  And you can’t do history or branch merges, etc.  Certain operations do still require you to be online.  You won’t get big long hangs ...

Two keys to debugging

03. August 2011 Uncategorized 0
“What do you know?” That question was asked constantly in my elementary physics class.  It was a flunk-out class (a class designed to thin the herd at my engineering school.)  The thing was, the professor had a pattern he wanted you to follow when solving problems in his class.  First, draw a diagram.  Second, write ...

I’m Just Happy to Have My Job

01. August 2011 Uncategorized 0
I’ve seen developers put in long, grueling hours on a special project.  Watched them burn the candle at both ends.  Seen the exhausted look in their eyes after a stretch of 60 or 70 hour weeks.  Then, when it’s all over and we talk, I’ll inevitably hear someone say “Well, I’m just happy to have ...