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Comment: I once interviewed the 'No.3 Clipper Programmer' (Score 1) 285

by MooseDontBounce (#47407399) Attached to: The World's Best Living Programmers
Back in the early 90's we received a resume at my then employer in which this person stated they where the '#3 Clipper programmer in Rochester, NY'. Well, we HAD to interview him. He wouldn't tell us how he came about this ranking but it was correct! After the interview I told my co-worker that 'if he's the #3 Clipper programmer, then we are #1 & #2 and I'm pretty sure we weren't #1 and #2.' Always wondered were he came up with #3.

Comment: I would call 1983 the end of the punch card era. (Score 1) 230

by MooseDontBounce (#46880677) Attached to: One-a-Day-Compiles: Good Enough For Government Work In 1983
I only used them in college at that time for COBOL, FORTRAN and RPG. You quickly learned NOT to leave your card stack out or someone might do a 'driveby'. That's when someone would walk by, shuffle the deck, then put it back down without anyone noticing.

Comment: I still program in BASIC. (Sometimes) (Score 3, Interesting) 146

by MooseDontBounce (#46703555) Attached to: Born To RUN: Dartmouth Throwing BASIC a 50th B-Day Party
My companies MRP is the (very) old CA-Maxcim written in BASIC. About every other year some change needs to be made to the code. I grab my old BASIC manual and CA-Maxcim API guide and go to work. We use SQL Server, C#, etc. for all new work and have a 3rd party product to access the CA-Maxcim files but it's funny to think of a $80 million+ company core application is written in BASIC. It just works with no problems.

Comment: I was out looking for work.. (Score 1) 207

by MooseDontBounce (#45979545) Attached to: Previously-Unseen Photos of Challenger Disaster Appear Online
I just graduated in December with my freshly minted BS in CompSci. I was driving my 1977 Dodge Aspen to meet my new wife at the hospital.. She was a new LPN. The radio broke in that something happened during the launch. I saw explosion when I looked into a patients room. The first and only time I've every gasped out-loud. That was one cancer, one total-loss house fire, putting one child through college and another into college, ready to celebrate 30 year of marriage to the same nurse. (Now a RN administrator) ago.

Comment: Learn to Golf (Score 1) 361

by MooseDontBounce (#45405523) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Communication Skills For Programmers?
Golf is the sport of business. I've meet more people outside my range, CEO's, Presidents, VP's, etc. because I'm a good golfer. It's about getting face time with them and becoming comfortable speaking with them. The more you do it the better you become. They also start to see you as a 'real' person and not one of the 'computer guys'.

Comment: Re:the oracle at... (Score 1) 185

Delphi has been around since before Win95. Delphi was incredible popular and allowed all us Clipper developers a way into Windows development when CA dropped the ball with Visual Objects. Remember, Anders Hejlsberg created Delphi before C#. It is still very popular in most other countries besides here in the US. The choice of Delphi doesn't surprise me. Even though my company is mainly C#, etc. now, we still have a few old Delphi 7.0 and Delphi.NET applications running. In fact, I was just making a change to one before I read this article.

Comment: My then-60 year old father learned metric system. (Score 1) 909

by MooseDontBounce (#42450345) Attached to: USMA: Going the Extra Kilometer For Metrication
Back in the 1990's my father's factory, they made train parts, was bought out by a German firm. After a while all measurements had to be done in metric. They had special classes to teach these men, most 40+ year old with high school educations at best the metric system. He said once you allowed yourself to change how you thought, it was no big deal. This was from a man that only finished high school because his parents wouldn't sign the paperwork for him to enter the USMC before he was 18! He's close to 80 today and still uses metric for most of his work around the house. I always felt if someone like him could be converted then anyone can learn and use the metric system.

Going the speed of light is bad for your age.