Linked by Jesse Smith on Wed 14th Apr 2010 21:00 UTC
General Development Ms. Z. Arsenault is an IT consultant working in the depths of a large North American energy company. She's one of those brave souls who works away in the background, keeping the servers running, making sure all the pieces fall properly into place so when the employees wander in each morning their applications run as expected. It's often a busy job just keeping things on a steady path. But Ms. Arsenault and her team aren't just maintaining the status quo, they're also trying to improve performance and cut costs while maintaining a stable environment for the end user. This week I had the opportunity to talk with Ms. Arsenault about what's she's been up to in the depths of corporate IT.
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RE: I will risk it
by fretinator on Wed 14th Apr 2010 23:27 UTC in reply to "I will risk it"
fretinator
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2005-07-06

As for your first sentence, you were not alone, just more vocal.

Anyhoo, my favorite part of the interview was her attention to documentation. That one feature is sorely missing in programmers, system admins, DBA's, etc. Many a catastrophe, night of wicked debugging, or mutilated migration could have been spared by a dose of documentation. All us geeks are probably nodding our heads, but do we really hear? It's part of being a professional.

'Nuff said.

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RE[2]: I will risk it
by lucas_maximus on Wed 14th Apr 2010 23:40 in reply to "RE: I will risk it"
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

I got bolloxed at work for "wasting time" writing Javadocs today ... I kid you not.

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RE[3]: I will risk it
by StephenBeDoper on Thu 15th Apr 2010 19:47 in reply to "RE[2]: I will risk it"
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2005-07-06

I got bolloxed at work for "wasting time" writing Javadocs today ... I kid you not.


A programmer I've worked with used to say "everyone wants documentation, no one wants to pay for it."

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