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Me (cycling) vs Google maps:
G: in 100m turn left
G: stay on *** street and in 500m turn left
G: go straight and in 200m turn left
M: wtf google that’s where I came from...
M: *let’s try again
G: go straight
M: *does, passes oblique crossroad, but goes straight as google said
G: *a lot of talking that doesn’t make sense, perhaps recalculating
G: head west and make U turn
G: head east and make U turn
G: head east and make U turn
M: where is fucking east bitch?
M: stops to check the map on phone: shows to head straight 😩
* a few moments later
M: *heading single road that has no turns, for a few kilometers
G: in 100m turn left
G: turn left
M: *just follows the same road that has a slight turn and nothing else, then looking around if I missed any turn
G: head straight
M: bitch, the fuck you need to confuse shit out of me, single road is a fucking straight, not a fucking turn...
I am even surprised that I managed to reach my destination with such a shitty navigation...3
Had conversation with a software engineering student (S):
S: what kind of work you do?
M: I am web developer, working with PHP mostly.
S: some research group in my uni said that PHP is going to die and no one is using it anymore.
M: oh yeah? Well, that’s bullshit. 80+% of the internet is based on php, someone will need to support it.
S: Have your heard about asp.net core?
M: No, what’s that?
S: it’s a web framework that’s gonna kill php.
M: what’s so special about it?
S: it’s better than php
M: but why?
S: do you know [some local company name]?
M: no, what is it?
S: it’s this huge company that use asp.net core for everything so they don’t need php...
Now as I think about it, does asp.net core and sitecore has something in common 🤔?12
So it’s Monday again with shitty beginning...
Need to fix release blocking bug for ie11, so I try to download virtualbox and their ssl is expired for their download subdomain. And they have no other download servers. Awesome...2
So, it’s 2nd week of the sprint, and I literally received to do only all the shitty stories.
During sprint I only wrote 3 lines of code to fix a bug for a workaround (yup...).
All other time went into analyzing impact for future features, bugs and other bullshit. But implementing them is not in scope of the upcoming release...
And today I have been working as a QA, because our actual QA doesn’t have time to test everything our two other devs on the team implemented.
Also I can’t pickup anything new, because there is no time left in sprint thus I am stuck doing all above.
SO FUCK AGILE, SCRUM AND THIS MOTHERFUCKING SPRINT!!!5
It’s still work in progress, but let me tell you about it...
I was thinking about the ways how to optimize programming without writing all that repetitive code over and over again (especially in OOP with all kind of similar objects).
So I took a challenge to design easy to use and still flexible solution to generate code. What I came up with was inspired by a lot of different open-source projects like Symfony/MakerBundle, hygen.io and some others. Anyway, it’s a CLI tool, where you can script code templates, define input prompts and of course generate code, plus it’s easy to distribute because by default it supports git and can perform operations directly through it.
I designed new DSL for markup, similar to xml, meant to escape all kind of code by default. Same code template also can be scripted in the same file via python, including some settings like filename. Basically idea is to have self contained template files without scattered files all over the source code (like one for code, other for template...).
Stopped working on my side project until I figure out concurrency issue I had. A few weeks later I found out golang channels are blocking which exactly what I need.
Now I used channels in my implementation from the very beginning, so that means I actually never had that imaginary issue.
Refinement story from PO: can see soft deleted user data, that shouldn’t be possible
Dev: can’t replicate
PO: it’s common to soft delete user directly from database.
What the fuck?4
On 2016 I bought a new macbook pro 13’ 2015 mid. I loved it, I still love it, it works so smoothly even after 3 years and I am restarting it only once a month (or even less). I loved it so much, that I completely moved to whole ecosystem: new iphone X - which I love too, apple watch - which is awesome for my cycling workouts.
Anyway, a few month ago I changed a job, and when they asked what laptop I want it’s just natural that I requested macbook pro. And now I regret it...
I got macbook pro 13’ 2018, and it’s worst piece of shit I ever used. My old budget lenovo laptop for 400 euros worked way better than this crap.
* top touch bar is a fucking joke, if I want to skip/pause music, change/mute volume I need at least 3 clicks - good job apple, that’s super productive. I would rant about esc key too, but I kind of got used to it, still I prefer to feel it. But nah, got new keyboard so it doesn’t matter.
* sometimes it doesn’t charge, the only way to fix it - restart.
* if I close laptop it doesn’t sleep, that means every time I go away I need to explicitly tell my laptop to sleep. That wasn’t a case in 2015 model.
* after sleep mode it doesn’t detect my jack connected headphones anymore, so I need to replug them - this one is super annoying, considering I am working in open office.
* Something is always crashing or not working, in 2 months there was no a single time that it would last a single week without restarting.
So yeah, fuck you apple, not ever again gonna buy any of your products nor gonna recommend it to anyone.8
If you ever create an app without consulting UX designer, then at least use pinterest as an example what not to do:
1. Registering to see content - can’t count how many times I left web because of that (even having an acc, sometimes just to lazy to login).
2. Stop fucking forcing user to do things - in pinterest when you create an account you will see a popup to select 5 interests. You don’t want to? Leave. You don’t find 5 things in the list that interest you? Well, that’s your problem you are so boring. And fuck you pinterest, no one cares about your AI algorithms.
3. Do not fucking spam your users. Really, no one cares about what new content your stupid AI algorithm generated daily.
4. And last one, not specific to pinterest, but if you have live pagination, then please scroll user to the top of the screen after changing the page.
So just now I googled my name and found this website locatefamily.com that contains my full name, my fucking address and even my phone number - what the fuck, how this shit is even legal?5
Useless. Was freelancing while still in high school and after graduating got a job immediately after moving out to other city. Was studying just because my parents wanted me to. Was studying there for a half the year, then dropped out and focussed just on my job. After a year moved to the Netherlands to study, because my parents didn’t like that I dropped out. Guess what? I dropped out after a half the year and got a good paying job there.
Perhaps the only thing I got from studies was some friends I am still keeping in touch with. And also it gave me good pretext to end up where I am now, otherwise probably I would have stayed in my home country, that I must say, hate living in.1
Having LAN party tomorrow at the company. So I tried to install windows via bootcamp on my mac and it failed, leaving me with undeletable APFS container (partition) of 40GB.
Ended up wiping out whole ssd drive and reinstalling fresh os x. Normally I would be angry as fuck, but not this time. Planned this for a while already but was too lazy to do that earlier.
Oh, and finally started using encrypted filesystem.2
So, like probably for 3 years already, I had this open source project idea for cli tool that would increase development productivity. Since then I partially implemented it 2 times already.
First time was in elixir, but I abandoned it, because it haven’t fit my requirements.
Second time, i tried golang, I felt in love with language, but I missed some stable dependencies that I didn’t want to implement myself, so I abandoned it before I started.
Third time, I chose python, it had everything I needed, and I am already halfway finished the implementation. But I lost all motivation, so I haven’t done anything for the last 2 months, and reason for that is that I don’t really enjoy writing python code and also I wasn’t sure how to structure everything.
Now I am originally php developer, and I kind of convinced myself that php is not a good language to implement cli tool and yet I feel that I would like to start over again in php. I know the language inside out, I know how to structure everything and so I can be way more productive in it.
Also, one more reason I didn’t pick up php was distribution, when I am finished, I would like everyone to use this tool, even outside php and I believe it’s not easy with php. Consumers would need to install php, perhaps composer too and knowing php reputation that could be drawback.
Anyway, I feel depressed about this project and I am not sure how I should approach this issue which exists only in my mind, I would like to hear what you have to say.15
Finished my first week at the new company. Fucking love it.
Manager: we made a 3 week program for you, so you can get used to everything, adjust your pace, and when you feel ready, you can start getting real tasks.
*program literally contains plenty of 1hour meetings (had like 10 this week) with different people, also assignments that are intended to train me, but they have no value to the project (like think an imaginary field and add it to current application)*, except for last one which is to fix a real bug in their most legacy application.
Me *to team lead*: do I really need to do those imaginary assignments, can I just fix that bug already?
Me: *fixes the bug* I am done!
Manager: congratulations on your first finished task!
Everyone else in the office: *starts clapping*
*everyone treats me with respect*
*I get my second and third tasks*
*at the end of the day I go to the company’s own bar to get some free beer*7
1. Gaming, though I focus mostly on mainstream games and my all time favorite is deus ex series (second - TES).
2. Anime. Dragon ball was a huge part of my childhood, and today it’s still my favorite show next to one punch man.
3. Manga. I picked it up quite recently and it’s awesome, but it’s also expensive so I learned to enjoy it only while traveling. I am still reading my first one and it’s Tokyo Ghoul.
4. Embedded electronics. Again, I picked it up quite recently and really enjoying it, still working on my first project that I did with raspberry pi (iot led strip), also posted a story(rant) a while ago.
5. MTB cycling. While it’s not really that geeky, it’s my most favorite hobby I picked up last year June and since rode 1200km on mostly flats and also had my first 100km trip. This year I am planning to focus more on trails and expect learning more technical riding.3
So, I ranted before a lot about changing my job, also that I found quite decent workplace that I will start working at next week (https://devrant.com/rants/1929213/...).
Today was my last day at my old job. At the end of the day, my boss and a few colleagues, we opened some beers. We all agreed that at summer we all will meet again to run 10 kilometers in annual running event. Also, boss offered an opportunity to go back to my home country and open there a business unit that I would be all responsible for. Well, that sound awesome, and that may be a good opportunity for the future, that I may use one day, just not today.
Anyway, I get back home, see the flowers on the ground and my name on it. Ok, going to my room thinking who in the world could send flowers to me and I see a note hanging:
“Dear, gintko, Welcome to [New Company], we look forward to working with you.
Greetings, your new colleagues”.
So yeah, can’t actually believe that in the world there exists real companies that actually care about their employees, to the level that they sends flowers to their home. And I am going to be part of it! Now I am even more excited to start working there.3
At the moment I live in flat with other 5 people, I also have internet contract, so everyone pays me for wifi connection. Now there was this guy from Poland who moved in recently, and I think he asked someone from the flat for wifi credentials and told me that he has his own internet already so he won’t pay me.
Now I could just change credentials, but I wonder, maybe I could have some fun. Shall I nuke his wifi connected devices? Maybe spread some virus? Any suggestions?5
Last 2 days left to work at current company and I fucking hate it, never in my life I felt so unmotivated.2
What can be worse than Monday?
Monday, in the new office, with broken heating while it’s -8 Celcius (33.8F) outside, and not enough power to run 2 home heaters of 1k watts.2
It was all before flex and grid, and other modern features.
To achieve that, you needed to create tons of nested elements, that simulates table behavior and... Shit it hurts me to even remember that non-sense.5
So, it’s 4 years since Lithuania returned mandatory military service, and today they posted new lists with last names, birthday and some kind of military id. By they way all this data is publicly accessible, with over 30k names (wonder does it comply with gdpr?). But it’s not about it.
Anyway, as you can guess (as I am ranting) I was called to serve again, 3rd time in a row (as I managed to avoid it first two times). But again, it’s not about me either.
What I want to actually rant about is the selection process. They actually call it “lottery” (well, because you can win your way into becoming a puppet of government). So they have this computer algorithm that “100% randomly” generates this list with names of people between ages 18 and 27, that quoting “can not be altered afterwards” (like anyone is going to believe that bullshit...), but well, whatever, corruption is nothing new in this country.
So, everyone who’s on the list must come to assigned location with all required documents. Apparently, it’s impossible to provide those documents remotely. Also, the only way to avoid it is to study. So basically, everyone who has a job, business, maybe living abroad, also maybe having a family already must quit everything and go to serve for 9 months, like what the fuck?
I mean, I understand if you are required to go to serve right after school (like in Israel for example, even if it’s for 3 years), then it would just feel like extended school, but taking people out of their own lives? That is some kind of bullshit...12
Ok, I am fucking finally pissed off...
My current company, I worked for last 1.5 years, for project management they use slack.
Every Monday we have meeting, and we go over every project and talk what must be done. Every project has it’s own channel with some stupid random code name which is impossible to remember because there is hundreds of other projects with similar name.
If there is something todo for dev he just gets mentioned in in channel.
No to-do’s, so basically u have no idea what u need to do, there’s no way to follow progress. Well, of course u can go over each channel and check if u need to do sth, but it takes fucking time. Also because of that u need keep your boss informed all the time about the progress. In others words it’s messy.
To make it worse, there’s usually a few different channels for the same project (1 for devs, 1 for designers, and others for something else like ux or videos).
I brought up this concern to boss many times, and every dev agreed. So for like a month we tried to use flow app, but still everyone used slack + designers told that they don’t like it. So after trial they said we are going to keep using slack. What the fuck?
Now I don’t actually mind their decision, but there one thing that I can’t stand about current method - slack is free, so all history and files gets deleted as time goes. I can’t even count how much times I needed to re-do some work just because slack deleted some files I had put there for later. Or lost some important information about project, that we needed to discuss over and over every month...
3 fucking more weeks left in this stupid company then I quit.10
A few weeks ago I ranted about stupid recruiter while looking for a job in the Netherlands - https://devrant.com/rants/1898997/...
I got 3 offers. First two they were kind of shitty small non-startup companies with single dev team, they also offered shitty money and almost no bonuses. So I used them as a leverage in other interviews and also last one:
- ...so I already have two offers on table, so please give me feedback asap...
Anyway, the last company was completely different. After first interview I knew that I want to work there and I will accept whatever they will offer me.
Let me tell you about it first:
- it’s mid size company (~100 people) with 6 dev teams.
- they have fixed budget for developers training
- they have their own restaurant and everyday they serve lunch for employees
- they have their own bar with free drinks
but you know those are nice to have but they are incomparable with the last one:
- they encourage their developers to work on their side-projects for a specific amount of time (paid) a week and not only that, they must showcase what they have done at the end of the year. Just how fucking amazing is that?
Anyway, I got an offer from this company and I accepted it immediately. Also they offered 250eur bigger salary than I asked during interview.
Yeah, just wanted to share it and now I can’t wait to start working there.7
One month ago I started rewriting some old spaghetti application (not even legacy because it’s not that old) from scratch.
Must admit that I kind of regret that decision. I just could take my time to learn that damn yii2 (that I really don’t like) and refactor all shit there, optimize queries and I would have been finished it by now already.
I am rewriting it in symfony, have everything designed quite well it just time consuming to implement, need to finish it till February and I am drained as fuck.
Even worse part is that I will be switching job soon, and my current company are looking for new developer to change me and of course they interviewing only juniors, who will have no one to guide them and ensure that code they write is good. So it seems quite pointless rewriting it, because after leaving someone will fuckup that codebase anyway.
But yeah, I guess that’s something you only learn in practice, so reminder for my future self (and tip for others): don’t rewrite it - refactor it instead and don’t allow your feelings interfere with your critical decisions.2
Recently I am interested a lot into neuroscience or more specifically brain computer interfaces (BCI) and thinking about making some nice mind controllable project.
Anyway, I actually feel like an asshole, because a lot of scientists work hard to make a life easier for disabled people, and then here I am getting all excited about technology to make life easier for myself.
Still, drone controlled just by brain activity sounds so fucking amazing!1
My first contractor company 3 years ago, I was only junior with 3 other senior devs. I was assigned a project implemented by other company. So I am reading code and it’s total mess and then I find comment in controller that says “// some magic here, don’t touch it”, turns out that piece of code was added by our lead developer.
What the fuck firefox?
- homepage and new windows: blank page
- new tabs: blank page
- default and the only enabled search engine: duckduckgo
So why the fuck, when I go to homepage I get redirected to fucking google?2