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Re: (OT) Real World Skills Versus CS Skills

by dws (Chancellor)
on Jan 26, 2006 at 02:14 UTC ( #525628=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to (OT) Real World Skills Versus CS Skills

This has kind of been touched on above, but bears expanding on.

A high-leverage real-world skill that I've seen lacking in fresh grads is the ability to make sure you're solving the right problem. This implies developing the ability to listen carefully and ask tactful questions, to spot gaps or inconsistencies in requirements and probe those gaps, and to resist prematurely charging ahead mentally on a design any further than you need to probe the requirements.

I've seen quite a few fresh grads sink weeks into solving the wrong problem. I see this less often with experienced folks, which may mean that they've learned, or it may mean that they've been culled from the development gene pool after solving the wrong problem one too many times.

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[james28909]: thanks
[james28909]: what i am trying to do is track state of a chat based application. i need to be able to store the channels and such for a user, and when they join a new server/channel i need to be able to update that feild.
[james28909]: do you think OO would best suite that?
[karlgoethebier]: james28909: The last two are not mainstream. You have been warned ;-)
[karlgoethebier]: james28909: I don't know. Try it.
[james28909]: foreach server this bot is on, the gateway sends me a json response, which i parse out all the info with JSON, and this response has user information, i need to be able to add a user, and then update the user info when they join/leave rooms ect

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