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Comment: Plan B (Score 1) 280

by Krishnoid (#49357143) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Makes Some Code Particularly Good?

... functional, readable, testable ...

From the maintenance perspective, when you can't make the code meet some standard, comments describing what you missed and why (time, spec conflicts, didn't care enough) are helpful. This hints to the next maintainer that modifying a piece of code that missed some good-practices target has additional considerations or hidden pitfalls, or that it can be fixed/extended/replaced with impunity.

Comment: Re:Bummer (Score 1) 323

by Krishnoid (#49349109) Attached to: RSA Conference Bans "Booth Babes"

So, let's say that hire and train those who would otherwise be hired as booth babes so that they're useful temporary representatives of products and companies. Let's say they show up dressed in business or business casual attire.


Seriously, when you first went to one of these conferences, wasn't your first assumption to walk up to them and ask about the vendor's product; and then when they didn't know anything about it, say to yourself, "Why would they just come here and hang around at a vendor's booth when they can't talk to people about the product? Couldn't they get paid just as well doing something less stultifying?"

Comment: Re:Same Thing Almost Happened to Me (Score 3, Interesting) 535

Even that may not be sufficient. After this story, I would:

  • personally pay to install cable internet for the existing owner
  • call their real estate broker
  • have them download a preferably large nightly build for some project
  • have them run md5sum.exe on the nightly build, provide the result, and compare it to mine

    • A little paranoid, but it's a minor inconvenience compared to having to do without broadband at all.

Comment: Re:Sadly, it's cultural (Score 1) 233

That's rather baffling. He:

  • felt he should include stdio.h before each such function,
  • yet was familiar enough with stdio to identify the functions that came from that header file to include it prior to them,
  • and the header #include guards didn't kick in

I'm sure your description was necessarily brief. It's just odd where the gaps in his knowledge show up.

Comment: Re:SMH! (Score 1) 335

How much time have you spent on Tumblr?

There is so much melodramatic teenage 'dark thought' reinforcement there that I have no trouble at all thinking of the alleys it could lead a young adult down that they wouldn't otherwise be exposed to.

Now, illustrated!.

I wonder if it's just that the Internet gives children and teens access to the entirety of the adult world, and that pre-internet adults and tradition can't provide them guidance to managing and understanding what they're exposed to.

Comment: There's another way to approach this (Score 1) 144

by Krishnoid (#49243213) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Issue Tracker For Non-Engineers?

Something that also incorporates a wiki might be nice.

Jira and Confluence integrate well, and have the support of a company and large installed base behind them for future development.

There will be resistance if it's not really easy to use.

Joel Spolsky also made a point about formal issue tracker adoption, in that it doesn't have to be all or nothing (Strategy 2) from the get-go.

The universe is an island, surrounded by whatever it is that surrounds universes.