Archive | November, 2010

I’ll be a coder ’til the day I die!

24 Nov

“Where do you see yourself in five years?

I’ll be a coder ’til the day I die!”

The reason why this coder was sitting in for an interview was because; he had recently left his previous handsomely paid job of a development manager for being a coder. This may be the story of many developers, coders who join teams in order to become managers. But at another point of time, they realize that their learning in terms of creating has completely ceased. That is when employees turn bitter and often exhibit resentment for the company and especially for their work.

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Underpaid Developers: Is There a Solution?

23 Nov

Here’s a scenario: My grandfather claims that he is an excellent cook. We don’t really have any chefs around for testing, and there is no cooking license anywhere in the world. This makes him lucky, because he is a terrible cook. I always felt as if I was in a mortal danger with the kind of food he cooked and the way we had to gulp it down our throats.  The elders would make an excuse and disappear. And yet, my grandfather considered himself the best chef of the world.

I always thought why? Did he ever taste the food he cooked?

Similarly, in the professional world we come across many developers who consider themselves excellent in their work.  But in reality they don’t really know where exactly they go wrong.

“I have been working for the same company from the past ten years. I am over worked, exhausted and underpaid. What should be my next step?” an XYZ developer.

With ten years of experience this particular developer should have been flying high in terms of salary and position. Instead of asking for advice, he would have been offered excellent salary and excellent position. But being stuck at one particular position and at the same company, there must be problem somewhere there.

There are many IT professionals especially developers and programmers, who claim that they have excellent technical skills but are underpaid in IT Industry. Search for one and there will be thousands out there complaining.  Just sitting at a café during lunch hours one can easily come across many.

You must be thinking what exactly has this situation to do with my grandfather being a terrible cook.

My post at CodeWeek

Creativity Killers

4 Nov

By CopyBlogger

“I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.” ~Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943

“There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home.” ~Ken Olson, president and founder of Digital Equipment Corp., 1977

“Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?” ~H. M. Warner, Warner Brothers, 1927

“We don’t like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out.” ~Decca Recording Co. rejecting the Beatles, 1962

“I’m just glad it’ll be Clark Gable who’s falling on his face and not Gary Cooper.” ~Gary Cooper turning down “Gone With the Wind.”

“This ‘telephone’ has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. ~Western Union internal memo, 1876.

“The concept is interesting… but to earn better than a ‘C,’ the idea must be feasible.” ~Yale professor on conceptual paper that became FedEx.

“640K ought to be enough for anybody.” ~Bill Gates, 1981.

“What would I do? I’d shut it down and give the money back to the shareholders.” ~Michael Dell on Apple, 1997.

“Everything that can be invented has been invented.” ~Charles H. Duell, Commissioner, U.S. Office of Patents, 1899.

“The next time you make an assumption, see what happens when you do the opposite.” ~me