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Re: Common Software Development Mistakes

by raybies (Chaplain)
on Aug 08, 2011 at 12:09 UTC ( #919201=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Common Software Development Mistakes

This may seem unfair or unimportant to some, but I know one problem we have here is English (or native) language skills. If I can communicate with my coworkers in plain speech, then it makes my job a whole lot easier, as we do a lot of phone conferences. It's very difficult to get what the customer wants--adding a language hurdle is one of those problems that I've found really slows down our development time. When his part of the project is mentioned in a meeting he does the same vapid nod, head-bob he does when you think he's understanding you... sigh...

We hire a lot of new guys here. All but one of our native speakers has been able to make significant contributions to our group(and the guy who didn't work out was a 15+year engineer who really should've retired 10 years ago...he's been moving from organization to organization, finding new and unique ways to do nothing for quite some time). It takes a while sometimes--sometimes just shadowing us, but it beats the shadow who can never tell me if they actually understood what I've been demonstrating.

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[Corion]: marto: How's things? I hope the kids are fine and you too!
[Corion]: Oh yay. I wonder why a very simple change in a program doesn't elicit a diff, and now I see that my diff program seems to have a bug ;)
[1nickt]: marto thanks for asking, so far so good. A pretty modern stack and decent procedures, although rather too much home-built stuff (e.g. a logging role that should tries to duplicate Log::Any).
[Corion]: No. It's just that I'm comparing the same output file twice, instead of comparing the output files of the two runs %-)
[Corion]: Lo and behold, running a program with the correct input files yields the correct (and expected) output. Yay me.
[1nickt]: Got a MacBook and am expected to develop directly on it, ironic given the recent thread about that.
[marto]: Corion, some not too serious issues with the kids, hopefully, other than that just dealing with commuting by car again in the winter, not much fun so far, and there's no real 'bad' weather yet :)
[marto]: 1nickt, glad to hear it, I'm sure you'll bring improvements to their stack in due course ;)

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