• Ducky (unregistered) in reply to Richard

    BTW, that's why there are places with VM Images of development PCs these days. (Or a way to "bootstrap" into one, with Vagrant, etc.)

    Provided, of course, you actually have enough time and determination to keep everything up to date.

  • Zenith (unregistered) in reply to Richard

    I think that was the tipping point for me. The company had an overcomplicated undocumented build process, there was no way to create sample data for any kind of testing, and the only contact I had telecommuted every day. I finally had enough of the bullshit that passed for modern software development.

  • nope (unregistered) in reply to Andrew

    TRWTF is the 260 limit for NTFS max_path


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  • siciac (unregistered)

    Emilio: I am having error in application. Makoto: What error are you having?

    The only good response is to point someone at a "how to ask a question" essay <a href="https://blog.codinghorror.com/rubber-duck-problem-solving/>like this one.

    If they don't care enough to put the time in to asking the question, it's not a priority.

  • Anonymous (unregistered)

    I agree with some points here: Getting a new developer up and running should be quick. Building should be automated as far as possible. My not-favourite project consists of multiple .sln, named after developers, compatible VS-Versions and number of dependencies. I asked "which one is definition of working?" and the response was kind of "<all>.sln - but that doesn't work, use <some>.sln but that requires <deps>.sln for the right dlls to exist. If it doesn't compile, let me look at it: Some projects need to be unloaded as they don't work any more.&quot;<p> <p>A buildserver is a good &quot;definition of working&quot; but still you need to onboard new developers quickly.</p> <p>PowerShell-scripts (to get nuget and fake) and fake scripts (to build) can help but you never can start at zero. Those things need to be documented somewhere - and new people need to follow that doc. The article mentions that nuget was used - but is has to be configured, correctly.</p> <p>I think TRWTF is Emilio reporting back &quot;the problem has been solved&quot;. I've had lots of people reporting problems but never giving true closure after getting some advice.</p> </deps></some></all>

  • Nobody (unregistered) in reply to Maelish

    Maybe she already knew it. That would explain the easy A.

  • markm (unregistered) in reply to bjolling

    The unspoken assumption in "she'd taken Japanese in high school for an easy A" is that only one foreign language was required or could be fitted in, with all the other required courses. Instead of Spanish, she took the language that she'd already learned from her presumably Japanese-American parents for an easy A.

    It's possible that it wasn't that easy because either her parents spoke a non-standard dialect, or, as someone else has noted, her instructor might had some odd notions about proper Japanese. That would be the inverse of the butchered English you'll often hear from well-educated Asians, when there were several degrees of separation between their instructors in English and native English speakers. I also hear that Latin American kids can have trouble in an American Spanish class, where the instructor knows the formal dialect of Madrid, which is rather different from how Spanish evolved in the New World - but nevertheless, they're far ahead of someone who knows no Spanish at all.

    As for the various comments about a proper installation script: It sounds like this project was both rushed and customized for one customer. Under those conditions, it is impractical to write a script that will work in all conditions. But what I wonder is why she didn't just have them install a remote-control application such as Team Viewer and run the installation from her site.

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