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[#] Wed May 23 2018 10:58:47 EDT from wizard of aahz

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For the longest time, some of the wiseacres in here have told me I need to live closer to where I work.

[#] Wed May 23 2018 14:43:03 EDT from fleeb <>

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work work closer to where you live, as I recall.

[#] Thu May 24 2018 14:23:42 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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There is no task management software that is more accurate, more efficient, more effective than yellow sticky notes attached to one's monitor.

And there is little that is more satisfying than snatching a note that represents a task completed, crumbling it up and tossing it in the trash.

[#] Tue May 29 2018 08:42:36 EDT from fleeb <>

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Hmmm... less effective for me.


* create sticky note reminding me to create widget for old tool


* work from home, see no sticky note, figure it's a day off.


* WTF!? I missed my deadline!

[#] Tue May 29 2018 09:32:45 EDT from wizard of aahz

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You need to work closer to home.

[#] Tue May 29 2018 12:16:12 EDT from fleeb <>

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Time to move into the office. I suppose I can shower with the men's room sinks with a little creative plumbing and a complete disregard for company property.

[#] Tue May 29 2018 13:42:57 EDT from wizard of aahz

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The complete disregard for company property should be embedded by now. Most companies have complete disregard for their employees.

[#] Tue May 29 2018 14:59:24 EDT from fleeb <>

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In this case, the 'company' isn't so much the one I work for as it is the one that leased this building to the one I work for, heh.

Somehow, less satisfying an idea.

[#] Tue May 29 2018 15:01:05 EDT from fleeb <>

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Hey, code-monkey, how long will it take you to do that thing you haven't had a chance to design, or even get specifications for yet?

[#] Wed May 30 2018 17:31:21 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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My videoconference problem has been solved. Mrs. IG got me a roll-around whiteboard for my birthday. I can place it directly behind me when on a conference call, making the background indistinguishable from any other location with a whiteboard.

I suppose this means I can also use my webcam to do webcasts where I explain things to people using whiteboard drawings.

[#] Thu May 31 2018 08:45:33 EDT from fleeb <>

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Next time I interview anyone for hire as a software engineer, I should ask if they know what "resource acquisition is instantiation" is. I mean, *really* get it.

These days, that ought to be old hat, so if they can't work that out, we probably shouldn't hire them.

Having some problems with code written by someone who, I don't think, really understood the benefits of using constructors and destructors to manage resources.
Really, *really* painful stuff in a long running process that doesn't seem to want to quit when we ask it to.

[#] Thu May 31 2018 10:19:58 EDT from LoanShark <>

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I'm not sure using ctors/dtors is always the right answer. Sometimes you need to separate resource lifecycles or service lifecycles from the object lifecycle.

[#] Thu May 31 2018 10:20:53 EDT from LoanShark <>

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*my bias here comes from Java, where there are no dtors and the closest equivalent, finalization, has problems that are serious enough that it should be avoided.

[#] Thu May 31 2018 11:37:54 EDT from fleeb <>

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Well, sure, RAII isn't applicable for all situations, even in C++ (my bias).
But, at least in C/C++, it sure as hell works for over 90% of them, and probably hints to design problems for the rest of the situations.

But I can see where, in Java, it might be problematic. I get the impression Java doesn't necessarily get rid of objects when they fall out of scope right away. Such things linger for a while until the garbage collector decides it's time to let it go. If an object doesn't really have a good sense of when it's out of scope, how can it be used well for other resources, like, I dunno, a handle to an API call within the operating system that might require another API call to 'close' it (like maybe a file pointer, but it doesn't have to be that... could be anything... syslog, a custom database handle, proprietary hardware...)?

I'm guessing you have to explicitely call the functions to deallocate resources yourself, rather than relying upon something going out of scope. Which makes it really easy to miss a detail, compared to relying upon the scope of an object.

[#] Fri Jun 01 2018 14:34:43 EDT from Ragnar Danneskjold

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I just got a list of requirements operational requirements from our developers.....

Docker, Kubernetes, Terraform, Ansible and Openshit.

Straight out of the DevOps playbook.

[#] Fri Jun 01 2018 14:37:43 EDT from LoanShark <>

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terraform AND ansible? do they know what they're doing :-P

kubernetes competes with cloud-vendor-supplied solutions such as ECS, not much reason for it

[#] Fri Jun 01 2018 14:59:27 EDT from Ragnar Danneskjold

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Well, Openshift is based on Kubernetes and both were listed.

[#] Fri Jun 01 2018 15:47:48 EDT from LoanShark <>

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terraform's OK. we use it here.

[#] Mon Jun 04 2018 11:04:43 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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Straight out of the DevOps playbook.

Sounds more like straight out of the "what's cool to have on your resume this year" playbook.

I hope you've been given enough power to tell them "fuck your resume enhancement strategy, we're going to use the tools that make sense".

[#] Mon Jun 04 2018 11:13:58 EDT from Ragnar Danneskjold

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Sounds more like straight out of the "what's cool to have on your
resume this year" playbook.

I hope you've been given enough power to tell them "fuck your resume
enhancement strategy, we're going to use the tools that make sense".

I'm gearing up for a fight with the head of development.

We farmed out this product to a foreign developer and said
"it needs to be easy to install in the cloud and on prem".

That was it.

That was our requirements.

Fuck me.

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