Sunday, December 9, 2012

How to Spot a Bureaucrat Who Needs to be Fired...

I'll give you two answers:
  1. (only slightly facetious): Any bureaucrat you spot.
  2. (more seriously): Any bureaucrat who thinks that borrowing $2.5 million under terms that required over $35 million is a “good deal”.  And that's not even the worst example!  Oh, and the examples are from California, of course.  And it's so bad that even NPR is reporting it!  I originally heard this on the radio (I listen so my readers don't have to), and almost drove off the road in shock...
Bureaucrats and your money:

    Some assembly required


Today's Dilbert strip made me laugh out loud:

Love the twin snorks :)

Management often makes themselves easy to lampoon, but still ... Scott Adams somehow always manages to get engineering's perspective across in a way that anyone (in or out of engineering) can understand...

Java Geek...

Just over five years ago, I started working at ServiceNow.  Now I'm in the process of transitioning out, as I'm retiring.  That's “retiring” in the sense of not being formally employed – I certainly won't stop designing and building stuff.

Before I went to work at ServiceNow, I had been using a commercial Java IDE called IDEA, from JetBrains (that's their logo at right).  I loved it in the way that any craftsman loves a fine tool.  But the standard at ServiceNow is the open source Eclipse IDE, which is awesome in its own different way.  I found Eclipse to be just fine as an IDE, but I didn't get the same pleasure from using it that I did with IDEA.

So yesterday I bought IDEA and started using it again, for the first time in five years.  That's enough time that my “muscle memory” had completely forgotten it, and I'm relearning it from scratch.  But I can tell you already that it has gotten better in the past five years – much better.  It has also kept up with all the latest dohickeys and whatnots, so (for example) it now directly supports git and GitHub and Maven and so on.  The code inspection and intention features made me smile as I worked – IDEA seems to always know what I'm about to do, and gives me a simple way to avoid having to type it.  It's awesome!  And it's very good to have my fine tool back again...