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Comment: Re:Pure Arrogance (Score 3, Insightful) 495

by JoeTalbott (#36695000) Attached to: Are You Too Good For Code Reviews?
The attitude that the ends justify the means in software engineering is a problem. Software isn't a write once and forget it product nor is usually written by one person. The more people that need to work on a piece of code the more that code needs to adhere to the groups coding standards. I would highly suggest that everyone who writes code treat it as if the code is also a part of the product. Avoid shortcuts, be neat, be concise, and look at it as if you weren't the one who wrote it.

Comment: Instant Gratification (Score 1) 527

by JoeTalbott (#36542464) Attached to: Why Johnny Can't Code and How That Can Change
I see the problem as one of people needing instant gratification. The mindset seems to be:

Why bother with the fundamentals when someone else has already done them? I can just use a library I found on the Internet.

What I've encountered is that one ends up with 'software' that's a bunch of not-well-understood third-party pieces cobbled together that works under ideal circumstances. In my estimation developers must have:
  • 1. The drive and passion to want to understand how things work, even the boring already been done things.
  • 2. The vision to foresee user misuse and misunderstanding of the product.
  • 3. The notion that software is more than its interface, the inside is important too.

Comment: Money, Money, Money (Score 2) 142

by JoeTalbott (#36511834) Attached to: ICANN Domain Expansion Could Increase Phishing
It's gonna cost a lot of money to get a vanity top-level domain. In order to prevent domain squatting. But won't this just allow those with deep-pocketbooks to call the shots? How well did .biz do? I don't think that in my vast Internet surfing I've ever intentionally visited a .biz address. I'm sure big businesses will snatch up their brand names out of fear and a misguided sense of getting on the bandwagon as soon as possible.

Comment: Re:Methinks it be the script-kiddies (Score 3, Insightful) 213

by JoeTalbott (#36450370) Attached to: Is This the Golden Age of Hacking?
This reminds me of a plumber I once knew who bumped his head on a brick and a gold coin fell out. Ever since then he's been bumping his head on bricks looking for hidden coins. A sad tale indeed from which I learned that 'security through obscurity' depends largely on the obscure remaining so.

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