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Re: Give a fish or teach to fish?

by dws (Chancellor)
on Apr 01, 2008 at 18:07 UTC ( #677796=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Give a fish or teach to fish?

I gave some advice about this a while back in Do my homework for me!.

Unless the situation is urgent, I'll give people enough hints that they can solve the problem themselves. That "aha!" they get from solving it themselves is wonderful fuel for skill growth. Handing out fishes cheats people out of "aha" opportunities.

The other reason is to filter out leeches. I had enough of being the "go to" guy earlier in my career. It was fun for a while, until I saw that I was just enabling one set of people to be lazy, leading to continual, draining interruptions. I don't like to work with lazy leeches. If they're not teachable, I tend to shut them off.

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[Corion]: ambrus: Yeah - we're in that situation too, except that there is no time to do the reorganizing :-/
[LanX]: ... so my boss started a project with the newest sun servers and invited the traders to come on weekend to test it... and they were so pleased, that they forced him to keep it in production...
[ambrus]: Corion: sure, this is the long-term plan. The short term is that I have to run this ungodly mess to get results from the new input data today.
[Corion]: ambrus: Most of our "automation" is tied to process exit codes and a shell pipeline :-\
[LanX]: ... a week later they realized that one of the databases - which recorded how much the other banks due to this bank - was not correctly plugged
[ambrus]: Corion: I have no problem with exit codes and shell pipeline. My problem is that the current process requires a lot of manual intervention from me, including editing the source codes.
[ambrus]: (Also a lot of manual intervention by two or three other co-workers, who do other parts of the process.)
[ambrus]: Some of the manual part is unavoidable, but not all.
[choroba]: LanX was there a way to recover the numbers from the remaining information?

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