snydeq writes: Managing talented techies can be tricky business. Unfortunately, too many managers resort to time-worn stereotypes: Techies eat nothing but pizza, care about nothing but technology, live by night, are barely able to communicate with other bipeds, and are the antithesis of creative. 'The trouble is in separating the myths from the wisdom when it comes to getting the most from highly trained technology professionals. Here are eight commonly held misperceptions about managing the techie set. If you're among the (mis)managed, perhaps you can persuade your boss to read this.'
snydeq writes: "'They're the stuff that nightmares are made of, the rude beasts that haunt IT pros' dreams and make them wake up in a cold sweat. Look closely and you'll start to see them everywhere.' From Warewolves to Keyboard Zombies to Frankenhackers, these seven IT hellions can turn your tech department into a horror show — quick."
snydeq writes: "'Working on an IT help desk can feel like an endless case of déjà vu. Let's face it: Computer users are damn predictable. If you've heard a problem once, you've heard it a thousand times before. Some things, though, have been said so many times that they've practically become help desk clichés — and the very sound of them is enough to make any IT pro want to smack his or her head with the nearest blunt object.'"
snydeq writes: "So you think you know PHP, the first choice for anyone putting up a website? From valid array use, to exceptions, to error logging, here are 20 questions that dig into the nuances of one of the Web's most popular means of adding intelligence to your HTML files."
snydeq writes: "The face of technology isn't always human. From penguins to platypi, the tech world is full of mascots we know and love — and, yes, a few that we loathe (read: Clippy). So how well do you know your high-tech characters? Take this 20-question quiz to find out."
snydeq writes: "The Olympic decathlon may do well in measuring athletic prowess, but it doesn't come close to gauging the intestinal fortitude, quick thinking, and pure endurance programmers display at the keyboard every day. From the Cobol-to-Node migration, to the Requirements Tug-of-War, to the Big Data Profit Toss, the Programming Decathlon is a true test of mental acuity, grace, and genius. Let's see one of those running, jumping, tossing billboards for shoe companies complete even one event.'"
snydeq writes: "'Darwinism is no stranger to IT. Given the pace of innovation, today's plum post is almost always one shift away from becoming tomorrow's pink slip. But the trends currently taking hold of IT organizations may have a broader impact on IT employment than we've seen in years. Call it the new IT ice age. And tech pros who don't evolve with the times risk joining the T-Rex and the triceratops in the tar pits.' From the Brown-Nosed Naysayer to the the Ridge-Backed Technocrat, here are nine of the most endangered species in IT."
snydeq writes: InfoWorld has compiled a 20-question quiz to test your Java know-how. From the sandbox, to exceptions, to languages that also run on the JVM, find out how much you really know about James Gosling's general-purpose, object-oriented language.
snydeq writes: "Recursive deletes, deep-sixing servers, bugs that become rewarding features — InfoWorld's Dan Tynan serves up seven true tech confessions by IT pros. 'You might have deleted the entire contents of a server by accident or wiped out three months' worth of government agency data without a reliable backup on hand. You may have pulled a youthful prank that cut off Net access for thousands of your employer's customers. You could have deliberately shared your log-ons with everyone else in the company in order to make a point or unplugged network servers willy-nilly, just to see what would happen,' Tynan writes. 'Some names have been changed to protect the guilty. Don't laugh. One day, you may find yourself in eerily similar circumstances.'"
snydeq writes: "Flame wars, leakage, nasty Polish texting — InfoWorld's Dan Tynan offers six more tales of dirty duty in IT. 'Dressing up like Tom Cruise in "Mission: Impossible" and breaking into a secured facility sounds like a blast — until you're trapped for two hours in the freezing rain waiting to be rescued. Think writing sexy games would be fun? Imagine poring over endless photo sets of explicit anatomical closeups. This fifth installment in our Dirty Jobs series features tech jobs that can be physically challenging, mentally debilitating, or just plain irritating. Be thankful that these people are doing them — otherwise, you might have to.'"
snydeq writes: "InfoWorld's JR Raphael offers up six memorable tales of trouble and triumph from the tech support desk. 'Working in tech support is a bit like teaching preschool: You're an educator who provides reassurance in troubling times. You share knowledge and help others overcome their obstacles. And some days, it feels like all you hear is screaming, crying, and incoherent babble.' Pronoun problems, IT ghosts, the runaway mouse — when it comes to computers, the customer isn't always right."
snydeq writes: "InfoWorld's Neil McAllister offers 20 'Hello, world' programs to test how well you can identify programming languages, both popular and arcane. 'You'd be a versatile coder indeed if you were fluent in every language in the modern developer's toolbox. Yet you don't have to be a wizard in every language to be able to tell which is which. We've assembled examples of the simplest program of all — "Hello, world" — for 20 different programming languages. We've often included some extra lines of code, such as function definitions and comments, where it can help you distinguish one language from others that have a similar syntax. Watch for telltale clues.'"
snydeq writes: "InfoWorld's Woody Leonhard offers 20 questions to test how much you know about the malware underworld of spam, botnets, viruses, and cyber crime. The Morris Worm, Chernobyl, polymorphic virus, what it means when a virus is 'in the wild' — 'put on your sleuth specs and set your ever-so-slightly-gray hat at a jaunty angle and see if you're in tune with the multi-billion-dollar industry — or just a victimized bystander waiting to get duped by the next rogue bits.'"