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Comment: Re:Change Jobs (Score 1) 271

by soccerisgod (#47963035) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Avoid Becoming a Complacent Software Developer?

I take the opposite view - when I see version control, bug tracking, and automated testing, it sets off alarm bells that a company is in the compartmentalization downslide.

I'd be interested to hear what kind of company you'd work for that doesn't use any of these tools. I'm sure that would make for an interesting story, especially where not even version control is used.

Comment: Re:Does Learning Mechanical Engineering Outweigh . (Score 1) 546

by soccerisgod (#47823725) Attached to: Does Learning To Code Outweigh a Degree In Computer Science?
Maybe the problem is the definition of 'code'. Is is just cobbling together bytes that seem as if they want to fit together, trying to fit the round piece in the square hole until you realize that may be the wrong way to do things? Or is it the same as programming, which should involve a plan and design and a deeper understanding of the problem and possible solutions? 'Code' certainly sounds a lot more like "I hacked together something and it even works!" than 'programming'....

Comment: It depends on the actual person (Score 1) 546

by soccerisgod (#47823201) Attached to: Does Learning To Code Outweigh a Degree In Computer Science?

Just my $0.02:

I've met all kinds: self-taught (for the most part what I am), university educated with varying levels of degree and anything in between. I've seen lots of people with high level degrees who were totally useless as soon as actual code was involved, but I've also met the other kind, highly intelligent people with degrees that at the same time were able and especially willing to use what they had to craft superb code.

If you want to learn to program and do actual work instead of just meditating about computing theory or fiddling with database concepts, you will. In the end, you must want to learn it, you must be interested, and you have to be a practical girl or boy, interested in getting into the thick of it and getting your hands 'dirty'.

IMHO, whether you get a degree or not has nothing to do with that.

Comment: Re:For a country so good at engineering... (Score 1) 212

by soccerisgod (#47805063) Attached to: Radioactive Wild Boars Still Roaming the Forests of Germany

An engineer doesn't say "can't be done" (unless the laws of physics would be broken) - the real answer is "There are problems X, Y and Z that require research and development."

So, right now, we have a pipe dream. [...] Anyone who truly believes these can replace everything else is living in a fantasy world.

See the irony? :)

Comment: Re:Bottom line... (Score 1) 170

The EU is working pretty well? Where? When? How? All I see is a means for governments to get laws (or binding directives, same shit different pile) passed on the EU level that they'd never get through their own legislature, at least not without friction. This way, they'll shamelessly deny ever having known about this and blame everything on the EU, the unfathomable hydra of beaurocracy. I guess in that respect, it works. For some.

Comment: Re:Is the complexity of C++ a practical joke? (Score 1) 427

by soccerisgod (#47676393) Attached to: Interviews: Ask Bjarne Stroustrup About Programming and C++
If someone is hell-bent on writing shitty, unreadable code, it doesn't matter what language they're writing it in. Sure, C++ will give you a few extra tools to commit crimes with, but just using C's preprocessor, you can so massively obfuscate your code so as to make it entirely incomprehensible even without malicious templates and impishly overloaded operators. Is any of that the fault of the language, or are you just blaming it for offering many powerful tools? And have you ever tried debugging or understanding a messy java project with 5000 files that does little more than a properly written C++ project with 20 files? I have. The language doens't matter. In conclusion: blame idiotic programmers, not their tools.

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