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What Are the Unwritten Rules of Deleting Code?

jlusk4 Expiration dates (384 comments)

Either date- or version-based. "Delete after dd-mmm-yyyy" or "Commented out in 5.1". (Note how cleverly I avoid anticipating future version numbers. Management tends to change those things.)

To all the people saying "version control": I've seen enough botched configuration-management system changes and moronic branch management to know it ain't the be-all people think it is.

about 2 years ago
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'Gorilla Arm' Will Keep Touch Screens From Taking Over

jlusk4 KEYBOARD SHORTCUTS (610 comments)

That is all.

about 2 years ago
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Mind Maps: the Poor Man's Design Tool

jlusk4 Re:I suspect (97 comments)

:) Ok, tiger, good one. Made me laugh (but quietly, since I'm in a cube farm).

I can guarantee you no one on my team (of developers, of varying ages) knows what mind maps are, except our BA, who got handed one by someone on ANOTHER team.

about 2 years ago
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The Perils of Developers Hooking Up

jlusk4 too stupid; didn't read (278 comments)

Sorry -- I couldn't get past the opening line: "She is hot!"

Ok, now I know the crew. Thanks, Datamation article, we'll call you!

more than 2 years ago
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Experts Develop 3rd-Party Patch For New Java Zero-Day

jlusk4 Quarterly update cycle? Um... whut? (154 comments)

My JRE wants to update itself every time I turn around, and I say "why, yes, go ahead". Where does this "quarterly update cycle" statement come from?

more than 2 years ago
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In Nothing We Trust

jlusk4 Re:Why is this here? (910 comments)

Right. Except THIS is the stuff that matters, not real-time cloth texturing.

more than 2 years ago
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How To Get Developers To Document Code

jlusk4 Team Leads/Architects, not Mgrs, are the problem (545 comments)

It's not management. It's not lack of financial incentive. Mgmt doesn't have time/energy to scrutinize docs, and paying for docs is stupid because you'll get filler.

It's thought leaders on the team. You get some architect who wrote the system and fully understands it, PLUS he's smart, PLUS he's a git r done type (remember? remember? smart, gets things done? Thank you, Joel Spolsky). Result: the smart guy everybody looks to writes no docs. He doesn't need them. It doesn't occur to him that others might need docs, because it's not an immediate problem (fire, crisis) he can put out and be a hero. It's friction. No payoff for him to eliminate _that_.

So, everybody on the team follows his lead. There's no team culture of helping each other out by writing little love notes to each other that say such sweet things as "Returns the two highest priority items that are neither red nor flibbertygibbits (<see cref="isFlibbertyGibbit()"/>)."

more than 2 years ago
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PETA To Launch Pornography Website

jlusk4 Now we know where to go to get crush videos (348 comments)

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. blah blah blah

Hey, is this enough comment to pass the filter that says I have to say something more than what I can squeeze into the subject line?

more than 3 years ago
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Emacs Has Been Violating the GPL Since 2009

jlusk4 Re:The sad thing is... (295 comments)

Great Scott, how did I get logged out?

What I said was: No, the sad thing is there are people who think it's laudable to score humor points by stylishly saying they don't care and neither should anyone else.

more than 3 years ago
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The Most Dangerous Programming Mistakes

jlusk4 The first answer is not QA (213 comments)

tl;dr (yet)

But I do have something to say about the immediate response of "QA". These are design issues (as has been mentioned). QA is not where you test out that sort of thing. Up-front design (not necessarily Big) should be the first response. Now is not the time to slack off on design, just because a lot of the components have already been written.

more than 3 years ago
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The Most Dangerous Programming Mistakes

jlusk4 Re:QA - Microsoft is really to blame. (213 comments)

Development is also a cost center. Those whiners are constantly bitching about architecture. That's why we look for cheap developers who won't raise objections or otherwise make waves (like, with bright ideas), they'll just code. It's just a simple matter of programming, what the heck is up with them, anyway?

more than 3 years ago
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Chinese Legislature Conducts Large Online Vote

jlusk4 Re:WTF???? (152 comments)

You're an idiot. I know some people who do exactly that.

How about if I raise hogs next to YOUR suburban house?

more than 3 years ago
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Chinese Legislature Conducts Large Online Vote

jlusk4 Re:"Vote" (152 comments)

He's not a troll. If you search on "hackingbear" you can see that he's (probably) just some Chinese adolescent who's fallen for the nationalist line that problems in the U.S. mean China is no worse off.

Anthony Wiener's shens ==> it's ok to lock up dissidents in China. QED.

more than 3 years ago

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