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Does Learning To Code Outweigh a Degree In Computer Science?

anonymous_wombat Re:No (546 comments)

I got my masters degree back in the olden days, 1988. I didn't have any practical experience, and it took me 18 months and dozens of job interviews to get my first job.

In my experience, companies want BOTH a degree and experience if they can get it.

The main things that I acquired from school 25 years ago that I still use are an understanding of runtime complexity, and encapsulation.

There was lots of coding in the undergrad classes, but almost none at the graduate level. Almost all the useful stuff I learned was in the undergraduate classes.

about 2 months ago
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Of the following, I'd rather play ...

anonymous_wombat There is death in the hane (274 comments)

Go. How could you miss that one?

Someone should hane whoever came up with this poll.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Should You Invest In Documentation, Or UX?

anonymous_wombat Re:Every release is a rewrite? (199 comments)

It seems to me that a major problem here is only releasing once a year.

I realize you are not commercial, and that 2 - 3 week release cycles may not be realistic, but you should release no less frequently than once every 3 months.

Also, if there are so many independent pieces, why do they all need to be released at the same time? This sounds like more of a project management issue than a documentation issue.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Minimum Programming Competence In Order To Get a Job?

anonymous_wombat Dance - 10, looks - 3 (466 comments)

There are ratings for both personality and talent.
Finding people high on both is difficult.
Different groups put different emphasis on the two independent ratings.

about 5 months ago
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One-a-Day-Compiles: Good Enough For Government Work In 1983

anonymous_wombat Re:Confetti on the Charles (230 comments)

There was a dorm at U of Penn in 1979 where people would dump their cards from the indoor fifth floor balcony at the end of the term.
I avoided CS until my last semester, when they moved to terminals.
Still, it was satisfying watch the cards spin as they fell to the floor.

about 6 months ago
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Toward Better Programming

anonymous_wombat Re: Pft. (391 comments)

Shooting people could be problem solving

Any idiot can shoot people. The expertise is in knowing how to dispose of the bodies.

about 7 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Online News Is Worth Paying For?

anonymous_wombat WAPO and NYT (361 comments)

I have subscriptions to the WashingtonPost and New York Times.
I enjoy both of them, and am willing to pay for access. They can't operate on ad revenues alone.

about 9 months ago
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Lawsuit: Oracle Called $50K 'Good Money For an Indian'

anonymous_wombat What? (409 comments)

or your fired

Your fired what?

about 9 months ago
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Could a Grace Hopper Get Hired In Today's Silicon Valley?

anonymous_wombat Groups tend to cluster (608 comments)

In my experience at a variety of jobs, some companies had a lot of female programmers, and others had very few or none.

This was also true of Indian and Chinese programmers; they weren't distributed randomly across companies, but some companies had a lot of one or both groups, and others had almost none.

I don't know what the reasons are for this, just an objective observation.

about a year ago
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Do Developers Need Free Perks To Thrive?

anonymous_wombat Re:R.E.S.P.E.C.T. (524 comments)

Is a quiet work area a perk? I'd like one of those.
I don't need a foosball table.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Do Most Programmers Understand the English Language?

anonymous_wombat Ask your users (330 comments)

Make the first version in English only, and somewhere in the app, ask for requests for support for other languages. The only population you care about are the users of your plugin.

about a year and a half ago
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Summer Programming Courses Before Heading Off To College?

anonymous_wombat Re:As a professional, I would say... (183 comments)

The best course he could take for computer programming is a touch typing course. And that's by a huge margin.

That was the single most useful course that I took in hs.

about a year and a half ago
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US Educational Scores Not So Abysmal

anonymous_wombat Re:Can we speak in clear terms? (412 comments)

Am I the only one that thought that photo with the article was racist, or was it too subtle?

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Practices Impede Developers' Productivity?

anonymous_wombat Re:Noise (457 comments)

Noise is a much bigger factor for me than meetings. I don't know how you can be expected to write reasonable code when people are screeching all around you.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Can I Explain To a Coworker That He Writes Bad Code?

anonymous_wombat Re:You don't (683 comments)

I once worked with a guy who thought that the function pointer was the best feature of C.

He then explained to me how using function pointers was kind of like OOP.

There isn't any point in arguing with people like that.

about 2 years ago
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As 2012 comes to a halt, my data takes up ...

anonymous_wombat I feel so inadequate (172 comments)

Less than 500Gb. Should I start generating random binary data to catch up?

about 2 years ago
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After Weeks of Trying, UK Cryptographers Fail To Crack WWII Code

anonymous_wombat It's not ROT13 (263 comments)

Grandparent is getting OTP mixed up with ROT13. I do that all the time. It cost me my job once.

I tested that. I even ran it twice, just to make sure.

about 2 years ago
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The IDE As a Bad Programming Language Enabler

anonymous_wombat Re:Word (586 comments)

Thank god I don't have to hang out with you lot at parties.

What are these "parties" of which you speak?
What kind of hardware do they bring?

about 2 years ago

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