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Story time! This is creepy as hell.
So my online friend sent me a website and explained that someone he knew was making some game and needed a lot of people, skills didn't seem to be that important. Looked in to it out of curiosity. The website... Oh the website... DARK BLUE BACKGROUND AND YELLOW FLASHING TEXT MADE IN ENJIN. It was eye cancer, couldn't read it. I asked to talk to the guy, he said he used the colors for psychological purposes. Uh scam alert.
The curious idiot I am, i continued wondering what he was even doing. He said we would make a game from scratch using particles like Euclidean or whatever. For photo realistic graphics that doesn't demand much performance, dynamic sounds, neural networks for certain stuff and apparently it all was super simple. He said fuck windows we create our own platform and console. One weird part was when he claimed he worked on a project with a Russian guy. The Russian guy apparently fooled him and took all credits for the project and released it without him. This dude claimed that project was space engine. I was septical at this point. Of course, blame a Ruski. Anyways, he continued to talk about how perfect it would be and so easy to make apparently. Got people with him.
You might wonder, why didn't I just leave? Curiousty, and my friends were there. I wouldn't leave any information or let him do anything and I was careful around links. But the my friends didn't realize and I didn't want them to do anything stupid. Wouldn't listen to me when I said he was sketchy. Couldn't just leave them not knowing if they would get fooled over.
Incredibly sketchy guy, he said he got a ton of money from some grandma that died or something. So that's why he has a shit expensive computer and some console for $1? But apparently he had money problems, no money at all he said. Dumbass. You don't spend all your money on stuff you want right away, either he's a total idiot or tried to fool people somehow with that. Trying to squeeze money from people perhaps.
Scary part is... After that we didn't hear from him in over 4 weeks. Someone found out he was in prison for some sexual shit. Surprise surprise. Later on we checked the same registry were he had been spotted before. Name was gone from the list this time. Is he not... In prison? Is he out there scamming people again?4
It's rant time!
So, as a broke electrical engineering student, I got this job in a local company. They used JSF and my skills in java were, at the very least, small (former PHP developer). But as a self taught developer this didn't stopped me and I went full on java learning (very bad year for my EE studies).
I became the 'guy in charge' for several of their projects (yeah, they did exploited broke students, I realized this far too late). I was very proud of myself, I worked hard, showed my true value, and they became impressed.
One nice thursday night, my "handler" emailed me with a urgent request. They needed an entire jsf application done by monday and the requirements were fairly complex.
Oh boy, I had a total of 10h of sleep from thursday to monday. I didn't even slept before going to my monday class, but I delivered the system. Got an pat in the back... "you're awesome"... I was happy.
6 months later: I received an email asking to fix a bug in the system. No problem with that. Oddly, this bug was a MAJOR bug. There's no way the system worked properly for six months with it. I fixed it in no time and commited the changes.
Turns out that this was the first time the system was going to be deployed. They made me go in an insane weekend dev project, and didn't even used the system for SIX MONTHS!!! I started to work my way out the company after this, aiming to open my own software company.
I still remember some other rants from the time I worked there. But these are for later.
Nice week for you all, may the sprint go gently and the clients be kind.1
So...this happened a long time ago but decided to share it with you.
I joined a company that works a lot with JS Frameworks, Java, Spring and Web Stuff. The first day I joined, I thought I was going to be assigned to an Android Development (Since that was the position I applied for) but...oh my! How wrong was I!
This guy (A project leader) comes to me and tells me: "Well, ready for your first project?"
"Yup, tell me what's all about".
He proceeds to give me a document...with NodeJS requirements... and I'm like "Man...I...I was hired for and Android De...", "No, no, no, no", he interrupted "we are going to train you to know NodeJS too...and well...that project was supposed to be starting by...tomorrow and...yeah...you passed to be the only resource available at the moment..."
I was shocked like... "Hey but...I know nothing about NodeJS...How am I supposed to..."
"Google it...oh! and review the projects that are on our Github Org."
When I saw all the NodeJS repos...I was yelling in my mind "Damn...I'm toast"
The project leader never appeared again during the day. I was sitting on my new desk, reading the requirements, collecting resources (courses, basic examples), reading, taking notes...
Got home, repeated the formula...
I arrived at work the day after. Destroyed but at least on my way to become a NodeJS Dev.
Project leader appears on my desk and says
- "How you doing? How's project going?"
- "Well...I studied a lot and..."
- "Studied? You were supposed to be building this thing since yesterday..."
- "*sigh and trying to relax* I told you I had no knowledge of NodeJS, give me a break...I'll start today"
Project leader stares at me...
- "Well...want to see what tasks you can complete by today...This was to be finished by yesterday and well...look...anyway..."
Sat on my desk, waited for him to leave, put my headphones on and tried not to kill myself of a heart attack due to a contained rage.
Later on, on the same company, the way was fired for being such a..."good person" (Sarcasm). Friends on the office told me he used to be way worse than that...
Well...at least our new project leader understood the situation. I got back to Android development but decided to study NodeJS independently (Just because)
Have you had a project leader like this?
Sorry if you notice some grammar mistakes, still improving my english skills :)5
One time, we picked up a Xamarin project and both Android and iOS teams had to pick a developer to handle it. After talking over it with my iOS bro, I decided that I hate C# far too much to start a project on this, even though I wanted a new experience, so iOS bro took over it. I got handed another iOS project in the meantime. iOS bro decides to take a free week from work after like a month or so of working on that project.
GUESS WHO DECIDED TO COME OVER AND WORK WITH US THAT WEEK? THE OWNERS OF THE PROJECT (they were handling the API). Guess who had to drop all projects at once and work for a whole week on a project he had no idea about in a programming language he only had a remote idea about? THIS GUY.
So, aside from the fact that I had no idea what I was doing, I also had the pressure of the owners working right next to me (they were cool people, but it's still a stress). That week really raised my stress level through the roof, as I doubted myself everyday that I would be able to be productive on that project. I got myself a free week too after that.
But yeah, this experience really made me doubt my skills as a programmer, as Xamarin was supposed to be just a cross-platform way of developing an app.
All in all, I've never had to work on that project again... but it was still an "I can't fucking believe it" moment when, one month-ish later, the project was to be scrapped and reprogrammed on ye olde Swift.1