Do all the things like ++ or -- rants, post your own rants, comment on others' rants and build your customized dev avatarSign Up
jotamontecino1545100dIt's funny when I have smelly code with a strict "don't touch it unless it DOS", I don't touch it.
Touching something while not touching it... Complexity will raise.
And @irene is right. Stand your ground. Say it can't be done and explain why it can't. Chances are, he's not a total moron and will understand if you explain.
If he's a total moron, why aren't you looking for a new job?
arraysstartat11187100dI think you meant "figuratively", otherwise this hotfix would have to date before year ~500 AD. It really grinds my gears that you go to the trouble of adding that additional note to clarify that your use of "ancient" was in fact not figurative.
jotamontecino1545100d@arraysstartat1 lexical nazi rant, yes!!
So, as too much people, he uses literally to emphasize. And when this pattern redundancy becomes higher it tends to get on my nerves, as any redundant pattern.
That being said, ancient also carries the sense of "so old, it/its creators disappeared". So, he might be talking about code so old that no one in his company was there when it was created.
There is also this rhetorical form "hyperbole", to put emphasis on something but an extreme exaggeration. And that's a grammatical form.
JustThat1164100dThere is a balancing act here that is, frankly, frustrating.
We all want managers who know enough tech to understand when we explain things to them and then let us do our jobs but not ones who know enough tech to tell us how to do our jobs or try to do them for us.
Or, failing either of those, managers who know we know tech and they know management and agree to stay on their side of the fence while protecting us on ours. These are the rare ones.
arraysstartat11187100d@jotamontecino Yeah, I get that figuratively "ancient" would mean very old code, like COBOL or even something like 10 years old. I'm not sure if saying "literally ancient" is correct choice if he wanted to put this much emphasis on how old it is. I think that left on default with figurative meaning would have been enough.
There is also this issue with some people who think that AngularJS oraz Symphony1 are "ancient", just because those developers are most likely young and never had to work with those languages when "dynamic HTML" meant submitting form in guestbook. Really dilutes this term even further.
Your Job Suck?
Take a quick quiz from Triplebyte to skip the job search hassles and jump to final interviews at hot tech firms
Get a Better Job