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reply "Manfred_Nowak" <svv1999 hotmail.com> writes:
http://thedailywtf.com/Articles/Small-But-Rapidly-Growing.aspx

-manfred
Feb 12 2010
parent reply "Nick Sabalausky" <a a.a> writes:
"Manfred_Nowak" <svv1999 hotmail.com> wrote in message 
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 http://thedailywtf.com/Articles/Small-But-Rapidly-Growing.aspx

 -manfred

Sounds a lot like a place I worked at a few years ago (let's just say: "recruiter software" and "mst"). This line in particular is exactly how things worked there: "as soon as someone bought that feature, developer would be responsible for adding it in." That's what happens when salesmen are allowed to run a company. Like David, we too had loads of code obfuscation, except that our obfuscation was a result of lazy, incompetent developers and a constant management (and development team!) attitude of "just get it in as fast as possible, and then move on to fight the next fire" (which obviously is a strategy that *breeds* fires in the first place). In fact the code was bad enough to make TheDailyWTF: http://thedailywtf.com/Articles/We_Have_Met_the_Enemy.aspx (The first part, with "Nate") In addition to the issues mentioned, there was also one instance of a data-loading function named "save". Took me a while to figure that one out (especially considering all the other forms of obfuscation mixed in there). Like David, we too had a lot of noise in the developer room. Except our noise wasn't from a salesman gong, it was from the other developers. One of the developers (the one who happened to be a co-founder of the company) kept yelling "Pinky!" at random intervals (I swear I'm not making that up). That actually went on for the entire year I was there, and all signs indicated he had been doing that long before I started, and yet he still never tired of it. Another developer would never stop yapping about things that has nothing to do with work, but to top it off he couldn't go more than one sentence without using some form of the word "fuck" at least three times. And no, that's not an exaggerated figure. I don't get offended at words like that, but the sheer repetition of any one word is plenty irritating. And then there were the noise-making company-branded Yo-Yo's (not to be confused with the noise-making Yo-Yo's that actually worked on the development team). And, of course, there was the developer who decided he didn't need headphones for *his* music (But then, there seems to always be one of those people). And not only did I get scolded for things, like David, that had been obviously outside my control, but they fired me on the spot for them (and on the first and only time they had brought the issues up with me). The issues included (off-the-top-of-my-head-examples): Not showing up at meetings that nobody bothered to tell me important things about (such as time, place, and the fact there there even was a meeting at all). Moving my desk away from the developers and down to the basement (I had been moved there by one of the many managers, not on my own accord, and in fact this particular manager was sitting right there in the room, right next to me, at the time I was being fired for this. He said nothing.). For allegedly leaving the building to go to lunch (which, first of all, why would that be a problem?, second of all, it wasn't mentioned anywhere in the rulebook, and thirdly but most importantly, I hadn't even been doing that anyway). For being slow to get a particular feature in (note the obfuscated code above, and the fact that it's a hell of a lot easier for obfuscated code to be understood by the people who actually wrote it in the first place). And, for, and I swear I'm neither making this up nor twisting the words: I "wasn't social enough".
Feb 12 2010
next sibling parent reply Walter Bright <newshound1 digitalmars.com> writes:
Nick Sabalausky wrote:
 Another developer would never stop yapping about things that has nothing 
 to do with work, but to top it off he couldn't go more than one sentence 
 without using some form of the word "fuck" at least three times.

Basically, I basically knew basically a basically developer once who basically used "basically" a basically lot in basically conversation, basically. We basically had basically some fun basically with him by basically sending basically him basically emails basically like basically this, basically.
Feb 12 2010
parent Bane <branimir.milosavljevic gmail.com> writes:
Walter Bright Wrote:

 Nick Sabalausky wrote:
 Another developer would never stop yapping about things that has nothing 
 to do with work, but to top it off he couldn't go more than one sentence 
 without using some form of the word "fuck" at least three times.

Basically, I basically knew basically a basically developer once who basically used "basically" a basically lot in basically conversation, basically. We basically had basically some fun basically with him by basically sending basically him basically emails basically like basically this, basically.

Lets face it, programmers are sick fuckers. I can't stand being in company with any of them. Barely survived living with myself.
Feb 12 2010
prev sibling parent "Manfred_Nowak" <svv1999 hotmail.com> writes:
Nick Sabalausky wrote:

 I "wasn't social enough"

Being social has other risks: one can be seen! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zekiZYSVdeQ -manfred
Feb 13 2010