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Comment: It isn't what you know. It's who you know. (Score 1) 471

by kramer2718 (#47983681) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Finding a Job After Completing Computer Science Ph.D?

Network. Go to career fairs. Meet the hiring manager. He needs talented software engineers. Teach yourself more modern technologies and get certified. I'm not usually a big fan of certifications as they don't usually show that someone knows how to program in a general sense, but your degree shows that.

I have a pretty ridiculous professional network. (Not bragging really. When you have done in-demand technologies and looked for jobs, the network comes to you.) Message me me and I can add you and perhaps even give you some introductions to recruiters.

Comment: Re:Company rushes to meet launch date (Score 4, Insightful) 238

by kramer2718 (#44457245) Attached to: How Did My Stratosphere Ever Get Shipped?

I have been pulled aside by a very high level manager, told to put all of my development on hold and implement entirely new functionality for a large enterprise product

This functionality required three months of team effort to develop properly + another two weeks of due diligence, pre-release testing, and deployment. And then he told me to get it deployed in three weeks.

That's how this can happen.

Comment: It Depends (Score 4, Insightful) 262

by kramer2718 (#43473153) Attached to: Who should have the most input into software redesigns?

On the goal and nature of the redesign.

If the goal is to improve usability, then the customers should. Of course their input should be focused through the UI/UX guys.

If the goal is to increase profitability, then for B2C software, marketers and for B2B sales.

If the goal is to improve the maintainability and stability, then software engineers.

If the goal is to improve operability, then the operators.

If the goal is to improve scalability, then capacity planners and enterprise architects through the lens of software engineers.

Comment: Services (Score 4, Insightful) 240

by kramer2718 (#43344139) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Preparing For the 'App Bubble' To Pop?

Apps may or may not stick around, but one trend will continue: the increase in service oriented computing.

I.e. computing functionality is being broken down into modular services (usually web services) that are simple enough and independent enough to be easily scaled horizontally but that can be composed in order to provide richer more complex functionality.

If you understand this architecture, it will help your marketability immensely whether you are writing end user interfaces (such as apps) or building the aforementioned services.

Comment: Quotation marks (Score 1) 198

by kramer2718 (#43274417) Attached to: Graphene Aerogel Takes World's Lightest Material Crown

The convention in the United States for decades has been to places periods inside the quotation marks. All others are based on the actual quote. The Chicago Manual of Style, as one of many, recommends this, but most guides point out that the British style placing anything not part of the quote outside of the quotation marks is acceptable but may be seen as unusual to American readers--of all ages.

Although putting periods inside quotation marks is recommended by various manuals of style and others recommend putting them outside, I believe that both approaches are misguided

Clarity should be the primary concern in language. Quotation marks are used to indicate that the current passage is repeating something verbatim from another source. It is most accurate to include punctuation inside quotation marks if that punctuation is repeated verbatim. In that case, they are punctuating the original. If they are not from the original source, they should be used outside.

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