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Randy Maddocks

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Liutauras Vilda wrote:You need to buy a drink first

Smart business - using a passphrase as a password for their public wifi.   
4 days ago

Vishal Hegde wrote:Initially they were friendly when first joined,but there was a sudden change in their behaviour started being bit rude so that I can avoid them. I was bit offtrack because of such disturbance...

Working in a corporation has it's own advantages and disadvantages. What you ran into happens more often than we think, unfortunately. We work in an environment where there can be both hostility/conflict and positive reinforcement among our peers. I remember a senior developer where I work who was very experienced in java. On occasion I consulted with him when I ran into a coding issue that I just couldn't figure out (as did other developers). But whether he was aware of it or not, he was very condescending. He made you feel stupid, questioning your own abilities. In my case I started questioning whether I just wasn't smart enough to be a developer. That was several years ago. That developer has since moved on  From that experience I told myself I would never treat another developer (or any other employee, for that matter) that way. It sounds like a cliche, one knows everything. In school we were constantly learning, studying and doing homework, to get good grades and to graduate. In the development world it is no different - there are always new things to learn and if we constantly apply ourselves and take advantage of those opportunities to learn, your knowledge will expand. If anyone comes to me with a problem I put myself in that person's shoes - maybe they were hesitant to come ask for help so this is difficult for them. I also look at it I have been humbled too many times as a developer to even think that I am in any way a superior developer to anyone else.

Tim is right, best to work for a company that is better at managing people. If a company does not take care of it's employees, at best it will have high turnover and at worst it will not last.

P.S. - I appreciate the cows!!  
1 week ago
Hi Vishal, I think if you ask any developer they have, at one time or another, felt that same sense of fear. It could be when you're asked to develop a solution to a very challenging problem, but maybe you're not confident enough to trust in your own java skills to find a solution, for example. That's where practice and patience can help lessen your fear, and lead to experience.

Salvin asked if perhaps your fear is related to something else. I think that is a good point. Sometimes the real reason behind our fear is something rooted deep in our subconscious, that we are unaware is even there, but which is affecting our ability to accomplish things. I am by no means an expert in psychology, but maybe take some time and ask yourself the questions like the ones Salvin included in his response to your post.

All the best.
1 week ago
I don't consider cross-posting a bad thing, and in fact have done it myself on a number of occasions. But I strongly believe that it is both professional and respectful to let people know that you have posted the same question on other sites. People may avoid letting others know they are cross-posting thinking they won't get an answer as quick, but in fact it can do the opposite, especially if others discover that the person has cross-posted. From personal experience I can say that, having advised people that I have cross-posted, often I get answers just as quick.

Adding a URL to your post pointing to the other site, and including a brief note that there is another posting takes seconds to do, but it can save people who volunteer their time on this site from repeating what might have already been provided on the other site(s). It can also be beneficial to the person doing the cross-posting because it could mean they get answers that enhance or compliment each other on the different sites (e.g. through different perspectives on how to approach the posted question).
2 weeks ago

Pete Letkeman wrote:My older sister says that her eyes are fine...she just needs to get longer arms so that she can make out the words sometimes

If nothing else, always have a sense of humour.    
2 weeks ago

Campbell Ritchie wrote:I have been around long enough to be suspicious about the combination of wet and clear skies; I expected ice

That comes with age. Let's fact it, in our youth the word "safety" was not in our dictionary. Slippery pavement was a chance to take a run at it and see how far we could slide...
2 weeks ago

Campbell Ritchie wrote:alternating rain and snow and clear skies, so the wet streets froze really quickly

I think that's what takes people by surprise. When it turns bad like that and freezes so quickly we think in our minds it is just wet pavement. It's deceiving, until you go out and try to walk (or cycle, as in your case). Although I give our local media here credit - they are usually pretty good at warning about things like "flash freezes".
2 weeks ago
Hi Jesse,

The key word Stephan and Campbell use is writing when it comes to code. Nothing helps one become familiar with code like writing and debugging your own code...over and over. The more you put yourself into situations with your code where something fails (e.g. an exception occurs, the output is not as expected, etc...), and you break it down to debug it and find a solution, the better it prepares for debugging other people's code. More frequent practice can expose you to the multitude of problems you can run into with code.

Allow me to use an analogy: Say you're studying to get your driver's license (pretend you've never, or very rarely, driven a vehicle before). If you were to only read the driver's manual, and not actually do any driving, such as taking driving courses, how prepared do you think you would be when it came to taking the driving part of the test? Just reading about how to operate a vehicle and knowing the rules of the road does not equate to being a good driver.

Same thing in coding. You indicated that you try to make your code clean to read with comments, which, to a point, is good (sometimes people put in too many comments, ones that are irrelevant or redundant, for example), but in reality people have their own styles/habits/methods of coding. This brings us back to my point above about exposure to different kinds of bugs through more frequent practice.

Stephan mentioned contributing to projects on GitHub. Having done this myself over the years, I agree that that is a great opportunity to get the exposure you need.

Hope this helps.
2 weeks ago
Is it just me, or is the text on product labels getting smaller every year? I must look like an idiot in a store trying to read the label on something like a bottle of pills, moving the bottle away from me, then closer to me, then away again, all the while squinting and making my eyes go wide, trying to read the label.

Footnote: I have to wear glasses for distance and for up close...may have something to do with it.    
2 weeks ago

Campbell Ritchie wrote:... until it hits the ground when it turns into sheets of black ice

Paul Clapham wrote:We had some snow and then some freezing rain on top of it, and then it stayed cold so that nothing thawed out for over a week. You couldn't ride a bike on it, you couldn't even walk on it. I had to put on crampons just to take the garbage bins out for collection.

Freezing rain - one of man's (or woman's) worst fears. Give me a winter of steady -10°C to -20°C temperatures and I can handle that (I am sure some would argue with me on that), with none of that freezing rain/drizzle crap.
2 weeks ago

Campbell Ritchie wrote:At least partially because they insist on trying to pull off in bottom gear with lots of throttle as they would on dry roads

Driving in wintry conditions can be tricky even at the best of times. If you're not used to it, or you presume you can just drive the same as you would in Summer, you can end up in a ditch...or worse. Every year we see that where I live (Canada), especially after the first snow fall.

Some of the most dangerous conditions are when the ground is wet, then you get colder air coming in, causing the surface of the road to freeze. And probably the most deceiving, and scary, is black ice. Unseen until your vehicle actually drives over it, it can send you into a tailspin or sliding into who knows what in front of you. I have hit it before. Nothing feels quite as helpless as when your vehicle is completely out of control, and you can only hope it corrects itself and you don't hit something...or someone.

All that aside, I actually like winter.  
2 weeks ago
And speaking of cold (and snow): UK Snow and Ice
2 weeks ago
Ok, so good architecturally, not so good on their sense of direction with respect to prevailing winds in that area.  
3 weeks ago
And architecturally these guys seemed to have understood the basic concept of an igloo - entrance is smaller than rest of structure to minimize exposure to the elements. Not bad for a couple of guys who I am guessing have never seen igloos in regions of the world where people actually live in them.
3 weeks ago

Jan de Boer wrote:Is toilet humor allowed on this family forum.....

Given the things people write on the walls in public washrooms I would venture to guess that this forum is probably not place to share most of those writings. 
3 weeks ago