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Comment: Re:Yahoo and HP (Score 1) 332

by superflippy (#48696125) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Tech Companies Won't Be Around In 10 Years?

I think we're going to see a lot of disruption in enterprise software. A lot of companies are currently resting on past success, counting on the fact that it's really hard for companies to completely replace critical business software.

At the same time, innovations in development frameworks, team management, and a better understanding of UX are allowing upstarts to create better enterprise applications.

I'm guessing Salesforce might not be around 10 years from now.

Comment: Re:Well Duh (Score 1) 454

by superflippy (#48458117) Attached to: Researchers Say the Tech Worker Shortage Doesn't Really Exist

Even the government is culpable. The national lab where I live has frozen wages so many times that the PhD's working there are on the bottom end of the pay scale for people with their degrees.

Mind you, I have to wonder where those people on the top end are. Really, who *is* hiring PhD chemists and physicists and paying them so well?

Comment: Re:There's a clue shortage on the hirEE side (Score 1) 574

by superflippy (#48310395) Attached to: The Great IT Hiring He-Said / She-Said

I recently updated my LinkedIn settings to say "don't contact me about job opportunities." I like my current job and don't expect to find a better deal anywhere else (decent salary, great coworkers, WFH).

As soon as I put up the "don't contact me" marker, the number of pings I get from recruiters doubled. Still offering the same depressing-sounding jobs with long commutes. I guess saying you're not interested piques their interest.

Comment: Re:Genius! (Score 1) 132

by superflippy (#47308811) Attached to: Mozilla Introduces Browser-Based WebIDE

There are many arguments against adding the IDE, but I don't agree with this one. People said the same thing when Google came out with Gmail. "We've already got hotmail and yahoo and a million other free email services. Why do we need another?" If this tool is good enough or simple enough to use that it becomes ubiquitous, then it doesn't matter what's already out there.

Comment: Yes, if you're a tinkerer (Score 1) 421

by superflippy (#46298405) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Should I Get Google Glass?

I got one several months ago because I wanted to try building apps for it. If you absolutely have to play around with the bleeding edge of technology, if you are willing to spend that kind of money on a device so that you can be the one who invents what it's used for, then go for it. Otherwise, it's not worth it.

Comment: Re:All roads may run ill... (Score 5, Interesting) 227

by superflippy (#45214681) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Do You Choose Frameworks That Will Survive?

I worked on a project this year to completely rewrite a company's signature application from the ground up. Objectively, you'd think that's something you never, ever want to have to do. But, having done it, I think planning a complete overhaul & rewrite into the product's lifecycle is probably a good idea.

Since the application was first written about a decade ago many, many features have been added with each upgrade. The scope and customer base have expanded. And programming technology has changed hugely during that time.

Rewriting the entire application is a massive effort, sure. But to truly modernize and streamline it, to get rid of the legacy cruft and take advantage of new tools that didn't exist 10 years ago, I think it's worth it. I also think it would've been wise to do this sooner than we did (though that wasn't possible in this case for business reasons).

So maybe when you're choosing a framework, don't worry about whether it'll be the right solution forever. Plan to reevaluate your decision every 3-5 years and change frameworks if something better comes along. And, yes, absolutely adopt the MVC model, because then you don't need to replace every part of your application if one becomes obsolete.

Comment: Re:You would think. . . (Score 3, Interesting) 303

by superflippy (#44476091) Attached to: First Ever Public Tasting of Lab-Grown Cultured Beef Burger

I made the mistake of eating a hamburger in London in 2001. I was on a long business trip and just wanted something quick to eat, so I ducked into a McDonalds.

Little did I know that, thanks to the outbreak of Mad Cow Disease, this simple act would make me ineligible to become a blood donor for years to come.

Comment: Re:Circular logic (Score 1) 331

by superflippy (#43961715) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Do You Prove an IT Manager Is Incompetent?

Yes, it is absolutely possible to measure project manager performance objectively. I work for a very large software company and we have to do this. The record keeping is a bit of a pain for those of us "in the trenches," but with such large projects, I can completely understand why the managers need these kinds of metrics to make sure everything's on track.

If they don't take your recommendation simply to fire or reorganize him as the parent states, recommend implementing a project tracking system. Some examples are Pivotal and Base Camp. Or possibly their current bug-tracking system has some kind of time & budget tracking built in. But this manager needs to regularly report status to his boss. It's just a one-line email or a progress graph once a week, but it will show where they are in relation to where they planned to be on the project.

That should give the manager's boss a really good example of how this guy works. And honestly, most project managers I've known actually like using these kinds of metrics to follow a project's progress. They like seeing objectively how far along the new features are, how many bugs have been found, and whether the project is on schedule or not. That's why they became project managers in the first place!

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