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Comment: Re:Write or teach. (Score 2) 416

by Market (#39084669) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Life After Software Development?

And that attitude is why so many people are put off teaching. How are we supposed to get really good developers, analysts, technical leads and so on if there is this attitude towards teaching?

In a similar vein - and I know this will be like a dagger to the heart - what about considering retraining as management; if the problem you have faced is that management are "technically illiterate", surely you can see there is a need for more technically-able staff (if they are capable of the leap) to move into management?

Obviously, there are risks that:
        - you will quickly lose sight of the technical issues (and become "one of 'them'")
        - that you'll stink at management; it's easy to be a bad manager, but it takes a lot of hard work and dedication to be competent let alone good
        - (worst of all) you'll be a bad manager /and/ you'll lose your technical understanding

If nothing else, it would give you an appreciation of a different aspect of the industry.

I speak from experience. I took the leap a few years ago after a similar amount of time working my way up the technical ladder. It's been very hard work and it requires a lot of commitment. While I won't say I regret the move, I will say that I miss some of the things I've given up, not least the camaraderie that exists within development teams, but which you tend to see turned against management whenever issues arise.

I'd like to think, however, that my teams appreciate the fact that I actually understand the issues - not least because I have kept reasonably up to date with the technology in my own time (another sacrifice). Of course, what they appreciate less is the fact that they find it much harder to blind me with technobabble than they would a parachuted-in MBA. ;-)

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New App Mixes New Drinks With What You Have 127

Posted by samzenpus
from the I'll-have-a-squashed-strawberry-alley-cat dept.
Pickens writes "The magic of a new app called 'Top Shelf' is that if you want to mix a new drink, the app thinks the way most of us do — instead of going out to buy the ingredients, it shows you how to build a new drink with the ingredients you have available. Feeling indecisive? Let Top Shelf pick a random recipe for you. You can get a random drink from the entire database, a specific category, your favorites, search results, or the liquor cabinet."
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Boeing Hummingbird Drone Crashes In Belize 68

Posted by samzenpus
from the drone-go-boom dept.
garymortimer writes "Still not reported elsewhere, Flight International reports another crash of the Boeing Hummingbird helicopter UAV. The Hummingbird A160 is in development, but test flights already demonstrate successively greater endurance, higher altitudes, more extensive autonomy, and greater payload. The program has ambitious goals of a 2,500-mile (4,000 km) range, 24-hour endurance, and 30,000 ft (9,100 m) altitude. Flights are largely autonomous, with the aircraft making its own decisions about how to fly itself so as to meet certain objectives, rather than relying on real-time human control. Maximum speeds are over 140 knots. The aircraft is 35 ft (11 m) from nose to tail and has a rotor diameter of 36 ft (11 m).[2] Until recently it was powered by modified Subaru automotive engines, but newer versions fly with the Pratt & Whitney PW207D turboshaft."

Comment: Definitely not! (Score 1) 794

by Market (#28292797) Attached to: Should Undergraduates Be Taught Fortran?

Having taught CS (and non-CS) Undergraduates I have to say that you should teach Fortran...or Python. They should be taught some data representation, basic algorithmic design and how that might be used to develop programs. If you teach them a language, you're almost always starting from the wrong point. At least, that's my experience.

It is easier to write an incorrect program than understand a correct one.

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