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Fighting the Culture of 'Worse Is Better'

Garen Re:Simple != worse (240 comments)

It sounds like what you're referring to may be a reference an oft-quoted piece from Brian Kernighan (originally via "The Elements of Programming Style"):

“Everyone knows that debugging is twice as hard as writing a program in the first place. So if you’re as clever as you can be when you write it, how will you ever debug it?”

5 days ago
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Interviews: Ask Bjarne Stroustrup About Programming and C++

Garen Re:Is the complexity of C++ a practical joke? (427 comments)

They do use it for Intellisense though, because C++ code is so difficult to process that Microsoft couldn't manage to re-use their own (presumably it'd be too much work to re-architect).

Which means that there are essentially only two truly robust, re-usable C++ front-ends in the world: Clang and EDG. This is bad for everyone, because it hurts portability.

(So I totally emphasize with the OP's comments. I wish there were some way to version the language, so that we wouldn't have to be saddled with backwards compatibiliy cruft for eternity.)

about 2 months ago
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College Offers Athletic Scholarships To Gamers

Garen For Demacia! (102 comments)

The pursuit of a worthy opponent on the battlefield is, to a true warrior, the reason to rise each morning.

about 4 months ago
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Does Typing Speed Really Matter For Programmers?

Garen Re:Correlation:typing speed and coding experience (545 comments)

A person that doesn't spend enough time coding will simply code at sucking.

Brain segmentation fault: received SIGSEG_PERSON_TYPED_POST_TOO_FAST (aborting).

more than 3 years ago
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Oracle Needs a Clue As Brain Drain Accelerates

Garen Re:Sun did not make money on this stuff (388 comments)

From Mike's blog (in reference to the ZFS+Fishworks effort), probably the highest profile departure from the aforementioned article is this fun fact:

"What began as a mere $2.1M incremental engineering investment for 2.8 years has now shipped more than 100 petabytes, more than 6000 systems, and 100X in revenue. "

more than 3 years ago
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Oracle/Sun Enforces Pay-For-Security-Updates Plan

Garen Re:Sidestep? (238 comments)

That would be fine - and be like the RHEL/Fedora duo, but you don't get any updates with OpenSolaris either. When "the network is the computer", everyone should at least get security updates.

more than 4 years ago
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How Do I Manage Seasoned Programmers?

Garen Re:Don't be a douche (551 comments)

I have to wonder what is entailed when you say "formal status reports." Perhaps yours are too onerous. I write a couple sentences every week, which doesn't take too much time at a minimum. If I want to write more I can--and do. I can provide links to an article I wrote in our internal wiki if the information is much more extensive.

At first it seemed like just another waste of time, however, I can see how it can be useful: it can help prevent _in person_ meetings, when your whole team gets to see the status reports from your group.

more than 5 years ago
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How Do I Manage Seasoned Programmers?

Garen Re:Key Point # 1 (551 comments)

... My suggestion: Be as hands-on as possible with the project. This means that the unit you are in charge of becomes flat from an organizational perspective; only communication in and out of the group to and from upper management is filtered through you, and being the team leader when key decisions need to be made, differentiate you from the rest of the team...

Excellent suggestion. By isolating communication to go through you, you can misreport anything that comes from your team--including taking credit (or exaggerating your role) for any of their good ideas--and if anything bad should happen you need only blame one of them. Meanwhile you can maintain the impression that all is well to your team, and play both sides against each other if it suits your purposes.
DevilsAdvocate++;

more than 5 years ago

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