Vitor Belfort

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Recent posts by Vitor Belfort

Come one people.... You're all acting as if Java was a life style...

It's incredibly easy to do .NET instead of Java. If you can't apply the right design patterns in the right places and see algorithms through and through there's no way you can be successful in any language. Learning the C# syntax if you already know Java is a piece of cake... Couple that with the fact that they are both object-oriented and very alike and most likely a program that would require 100 classes in Java, will require the same 100 classes in C#. (I realize this might not be too true in most cases, and I'm exaggerating. The open-source libraries that you can incorporate into a Java project are just endless. I'm not too sure about the .NET lib situation.)

And from what I saw, certain things like web services are way easier on .NET than in Java...

One horrid thing about .NET is the IDE.... Compared to IntelliJ it's just garbage.
[ September 30, 2004: Message edited by: Vitor Belfort ]
19 years ago

Originally posted by Mark Herschberg:

I happen to believe that you get burnt out and it's not th ebest way to run a group. There is evidence both ways. Plenty of people take 80-100/wk jobs on Wall St (for low pay if they're just out of school) or at startups, because they value the risk/reward sturcture differently than you may. I have friends who have worked such long hours for nearly decade--and they love it. That's what great about a free market, different opportunities for each and every person.


People who love working like this for decades have no life and no time for personal development No matter how you spin it, going fishing on Sunday after working a 6 day weekend does not mean you have a life. I could sympathize with people that don't like to be tools and don't want to work like animals...
19 years ago

Originally posted by Mark Herschberg:

I must strongly disagree. I was (and am) a member of Pi Lambda Phi fraternity. I still stop by the fraternity house at least once a month (in fact, I had dinner there last night). It has had a huge impact on my career and personal growth. I would not have the job I am in now if not for my fraternity (indirectly).
I think fraternities can be very useful. But like all tools/organizations, "they can be used for good or evil." A stereotypical fraternity that focuses only on drinking is of marginal use. The fraternities I have seen and heard of at MIT, RPI, Duke, etc can be a fantastic part of college. Obviously they provide a social outlet, but they also allow for leadership growth, and limited independance during the transition into adulthood. At MIT for example, you have 40 "kids" who run and maintain a house (we do our own repairs), hire employees (we had a chef), are solely responsibile for their own recruiting (it's increadibly similar to interviewing), and manage a $100,000 annual budget. You don't get opportunities like that in most dorms. After college it's a fantastic network to draw upon. Through the alumni network of just my own chapter, I've found jobs, gotten advice on MBA applications, learned about economic policy through lengthy discussion on our mailing list, met women, gone to parties and social events, and currently know people throughout the US and even the world--I can find someone to stay with or to show me around in just about any major US city. It's also been very useful to our alumni for medical, legal, technical and other advice.

Not to be mean here, but you are a socializing machine if you can find someone to stay with in every major US city. My experience with fraternities leads me to believe that the people that are part of it just use each other as means towards a job or God knows what and then forget about each other upon graduation. But hey, that's just me, my life is not universal.
20 years ago
Hey guys...
I graduated in 2002 and I was pretty discouraged by the state of the IT industry. I spent a whole year on getting certified and working small projects. Didn't find a full-time since then, but fortunately I found a partner that is really good at locking contracts with all types of businesses. We did websites and back-ends for senior clubs, furniture stores, tool resellers, etc... etc...
I guess I got lucky in a way, because without a proper partner that has some leads, you cannot set up contracts on your own. However, the lesson out of all this thing, is that you don't have to wait for small and sturggling businesses to offer you underpaid and stressful jobs. Take some steps, meet some people and try to start some independent consulting company.
In the next few days I'll set up a small business in my name, and get everything figured out as far as taxes and deductibles go...
Maybe there is some hope after all... At least I have money for food (I'm eating dog-food but it's still food right? hehe, just kiding guys)...
Be on the lookout for opportunities and talk to old partners... I used to know this guy back in 1998, we talked on the phone two times and now everything is in full-swing.
Anyhow, what I'm trying to say is that thre are a lot of small businesses that are in desperate need of ICS systems update, a website, a utility for their UPCS, etc etc... THere are contracts to be found all around the small business community. Maybe you won't get to work with EJB every other project but c'eset la vie.
Anyhow don't do drugs and stay in school (unless you're going for your master because it's a waste).
20 years ago

A grade degree will remain with you all your life , so don't rush . Take GMAT , give it a few months and get a good score then go get MBA from a top B-school , I assure you you will never regret .


I have been away from the boards for a while, so I apologize for the late response.
You're pretty right about not rushing it... However if you take the part-time approach, it takes about 2 years to do this thing....
Also, what's the point of going to school much later in my career when an extra degree won't mean that much since I'd have some experience...
I was thinking of taking the gmat in July just for the hell of it and see my options....
Meanwhile the job outlooks are looking bleak... However, I learned that networking is basically the only chance left for an entry-level guy like me...
I'm happy with my small contracts for now, altough I get very little money out of it...
21 years ago

For the past 2 years, reports keep saying that an upturn is around the corner...
Posts in October said hiring will boom after Jan 1st...
posts in February said when a decision was made about the war...
posts in the past 3 weeks said after the war...
posts now say next year...

Yes that's another thing that's pretty annoying... No one likes recessions but when we're stuck in one why is everyone so blind about it.
21 years ago

"Grad School" is an expensive way to dodge "Job Search".

Basically... but what's one to do in such a market... Honestly an MBA doesn't appeal to me at all... Everyone treats it like it's the best thing since aspirin, but I'd really hate wasting my time for 1 year on something like this...
Job searches don't lead one too far... Contract work seems to be the way but eventually you get tired of hunting for contracts and doing so much work for so less money... I was just hoping that by taking 2003-2004 or 2004-2005 off I could wait out on the recession...
21 years ago
Hey guys... I was thinking about it last night and today I looked around for some options... I know it's already late as the applications for grad school are due by May but I was going to ask for your advice anyhow...
It seems to me that a lot of the masters programs require your to have some kind solid work experience....
What schools would you guys recommend for a M.S. in Software Development or IS in the NY area? I graduated from Marist college ( but I highly doubt that earning a M.S. there would do any good.
I'm a bit puzzeled now but it seems that my time would be better invested in a grad program rather than working on projects that don't pay too much...
Any input would be appreciated...
21 years ago
10 billion in loans? What's the source?
Why doesn't Israel talk to the IMF(Interantional Monetary Fund)...... ripp off
21 years ago
What's with the hippie fashion... Not that I'm violent (actually I am) but I'd love to drop that chic holding the sign with a straight right to the jaw followed by some vicious uppercuts.
The rest were pretty funny though.
21 years ago

You get plus points if you have a vagina?

Not quite so. I don't think they're interested in hermaphrodites.
21 years ago
Thomas Paul you must live on a very small planet if you've never heard of Nietzche and believe that altruism is a quality that belongs to all humans.
21 years ago
Thomas Paul you sound like a philosopher that's still stuck in the 18th century... You know ... the age of reason (optimism)...
Read some Nietzche and get your facts straight about the human nature
Competition makes us beasts
21 years ago

I wish for a Java IDE as comprehensive, stable, and easy to learn as Visual Studio.NET.

Well Eclipse worked wonders for me... JBuilder is a complete joke!!!
I really think Eclipse is up there in terms of quality... And I used SWT for my last project!! What a beauty!!!
21 years ago

This is where I think it will come back...Though hard for most of us in this forum to relate to, most people really don't love to be in front of a computer, let alone sit down at one and write software in a cubicle. If the salaries and demand aren't there, newcomers (and some old-timers as well) will likely look to other fields.

I don't mean to be harsh but I guess you're underestimating the number of geeks and nerds that this new computer age produced.
21 years ago