AboutSenior Logic Implementation Engineer
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I have to rewrite a good chunk of logic because it is too hard for any one of 4 people to complete a 5 minute job within 7 days.
I hate users.
Senior leadership: "We've had great feedback that these short, quick meetings are highly valuable, so we are going to make them longer."5
The developer's conundrum:
Do I fix the issue before a user encounters it...
Or do I wait for a user to contact me and then quickly fix it so they think I am super helpful.6
How my year has gone so far...
Management: Bobby, we are replacing your old hammer.
Me: Ok cool.
Management: Well actually there's so much going on...here is a wrench instead.
Me: But, this isn't a hammer.
Management: Yes we are aware but we are busy and cannot buy a hammer for a several more months.
Me: How the fuck am I suppose to hammer nails with this?
Management: Oh gosh you are right. That sounds difficult. We will grind down one side of it so you have a flat surface to hammer in those nails.
Management: Oh and by the way, those nails are super important so don't screw anything up.12
When I was learning to program nearly 15 my years ago I was incorrectly lead to believe that dividing by zero would be a much more common problem.10
One of the most rude things you can do to an open source project is immediately question why they use a specific (language, toolkit, gui, build system, etc) and suggest they use something entirely different simply because it is "better".
Like I can't even compare it to something a normal non-technical person would understand.
It's not even a preference thing like what car you drive or iPhone vs Android.
I've literally donated hundreds and hundreds of hours of my time and you get the benefit of using the software free of charge and then you have the balls to question what I've given you.7
"Hey Bobby, can you do XYZ for me? I can do it myself but it's such a pain in the ass"
So why the fuck would I do it if you can do it yourself? Guess what it's a pain in the ass for me too! And it's not even my problem!2
As dumb and childish as it is...
I really fucking love seeing those cheesy achievement badges on my GitHub profile.6
Company: Bobby you saved the company millions of dollars this year!!! Great job.
Me: So...how about that extra 2k per year raise.
Company: Um well it just doesn't seem to be in our budget this year.6
Every time I have a large code base...
When you manage updating numerous 3rd party libraries by hand, git submodules sound like the greatest thing ever.
Replace all 3rd party sources with git submodules.
Realize how much of a pain in the ass they are and managing them yourself seems totally worth it again.
Replace submodules with folders of the 3rd party libraries.
How to make your employees feel like shit 101:
Continually praise a small group of people for doing something for a few days that someone else does as their full time job. Call what that team did "unlike anything else in the software development world"
I am soooo fucking pissed right now. You can guess what side of this I am on.5
User: Bobby, please update this quality controlled document because I screwed it up.
Me: No there is a process for a reason, multiple people need to sign off on this. Also, we talked about this exact issue a year ago that you did not fix.
User: But its a minor change, several hyperlinks in the Word document need adjusted.
Me: Ok, you do it and submit it through the process again.
User: Can you make the changes to the document? It will take me forever and I'm very busy. I know you can do it much quicker than I can.
Me: I really don't want to edit this document myself. It doesn't apply to my job at all and I cannot verify any of the changes would be correct.
User: Oh it's fine. Make the changes and I'll look over it.
I hate my job sometimes.9
User: "Why isn't this process updated? There's something wrong with your system."
Me: "Did you submit the request?"
User: "Uh yeah I'm sure I did..."
Me: "Go submit the request again." (they never did the first time)
User: "I don't know how. Will you show me?" *shows user how to do it* "Ok I did it now."
Me: "You did it wrong, you need to resubmit it."
User: "Ok I resubmitted it."
* a week later *
User: "The process still hasn't shown any progress."
Me: "You didn't resubmit it like you said you did."
User: "Will you show me how to do it again?"
* fuck me *
Process works as expected and everyone lives happily ever after, except the developer that knows it is just a matter of time till the next user blatantly lies, has no respect for anyone's time, and demonstrates a complete lack of desire to care about their job at all and just wants to bitch and complain like a typical lazy ass-hat.6
Monday morning panic...the dreaded question.
Random office colleague: "Do anything fun over the weekend?"
Me internally: Fuck...what did I do? Did I do anything at all? I mowed the yard...played video games...spent 3 hours looking at some random open source package I gave up trying to compile. All that is boring though. Was there nothing exciting I can brag about? Fuck...oh wait. I went to a huge theme park Saturday. Yeah that's cool enough to mention!
Me: "No not really"1
User: Your web app hasn't been working all day.
Me: Uh ok...this is the first I heard of it. Whats the problem? Are you getting an error message with any details? Can you send a screenshot so I can look into it?
User: Yeah it was an error message.
Anyone else experience "coder's block"?
No, this is not burn out. I've been learning alot of cool new stuff lately...but no clue what to start doing with it.1
New manager was hired in another department but he sits close to me.
After a couple of weeks he complimented how it always seemed like I was there at work.
I just said thanks. But what I wanted to say was...
"Yeah no kidding fucktard, you get here after 8am, leave before 3pm, and you some how are impressed that not only does my normal 8 hour shift completely overlap the time you are here, but I also regularly put in 9 hour days which is pretty normal for people around here.”6
Found that out that one of our company's internal API (I hope it's only internal) is exposing some personal data. After finally getting the right people involved they said they'd fix it 'immediately'.
5 days later I check and now there is more personal data exposed...which includes personal security questions and the hashed answers to said questions.
And of course they are using a secure hashing mechanism...right? Wrong. md5, no salt