Archive for the 'work' Category

Approaching an inherited Rails codebase

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

Greetings, [Edit: Since writing this article up back in early March, I’ve moved on from this job. The folks who are now maintaining it at least know where the pain points are, can run migrations safely, deploy it locally, and to dev servers, and to the main deployment area.  It’s a working app, although I […]

To fire, or not to fire, ‘workaholics’…

Friday, March 7th, 2008

Greetings, There’s an interesting few blog posts going on about folks who work really hard. It started from Jason Calacanis’s article of tips on how to save money when running a startup (many of which are good, but #11 is ‘Fire people who are not workaholics…’) and that was picked up at the 37signals SvN […]

TDD: The ‘Logans Run’ of Software Development…

Friday, October 5th, 2007

Greetings, I want to start by making it clear that I know why testing is good, and that it’s really important, but I think that the TDD proponents are glossing over the most difficult part of a project. I would very much like someone to address the issue of modifying code that is not new, […]

Work/Life Balance versus The Passion of the Code.

Friday, December 23rd, 2005

Greetings, Robert Scoble takes Mark Lucovsky to task over seeing passion in Google workers sticking around until all hours of the night. This is a hard thing to explain if you haven’t been there. I’ve been there twice, once with McAfee Associates, in full-bore, turbo-charged engineer mode, fighting against the world-wide virus writing epidemic in […]

Thoughts on remote diff…

Friday, November 11th, 2005

Greetings, I sat in my office today, listening to a phone interview in which the candidate was asked a number of simple problems, and then the harder design question: Given two computers linked over a slow link (say dialup), each has a 1TB file, how would you determine (1) if the two are different, and […]

Filing a toilet ticket…

Monday, September 26th, 2005

Wherein our hero learns he has to file a ticket to fix a toilet…