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andrew gothard
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"I can't believe you're asking me all these product specific questions. You shouldn't be writing your queries using product specific language because that eliminates the ability to quickly and easily change platforms." - A candidate for a SQL Server Database Developer position.

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How is Joe?


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"I can't believe you're asking me all these product specific questions. You shouldn't be writing your queries using product specific language because that eliminates the ability to quickly and easily change platforms." - A candidate for a SQL Server Database Developer position.

Candidate.


How is Joe?


Ha! Good one.

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The nicest man in the world in real life by the way.


So I hear. All meant in good humour :-)
Those boilerplate-esque posts just tickle me!
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The following was in 1991 and in response to the question, "How many seminars or classes have you attended to keep up on technology?"

Answer: "I'm not really into continuing education. I've been programming for 8 years now and I don't see how things can change much from all that I've seen."



Is this guy still working in RPG or did he break down and attend a seminar somewhere along the way? :-P


Too funny! How did you know it was for RPG? It was for what used to be called a Programmer/Analyst position using RPG on an IBM S/38.

When I tell my kids that I used to program RPG they think it was for role playing games. :-D

The last I heard he became a truck driver in 1996.

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OCTom (2/18/2014)
The following was in 1991 and in response to the question, "How many seminars or classes have you attended to keep up on technology?"

Answer: "I'm not really into continuing education. I've been programming for 8 years now and I don't see how things can change much from all that I've seen."



Is this guy still working in RPG or did he break down and attend a seminar somewhere along the way? :-P

Maybe he's a Project Manager asking developers to do things as he used to 20 years ago.


The last I heard he was a truck driver.

Tom
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OCTom (2/18/2014)
The following was in 1991 and in response to the question, "How many seminars or classes have you attended to keep up on technology?"

Answer: "I'm not really into continuing education. I've been programming for 8 years now and I don't see how things can change much from all that I've seen."



Is this guy still working in RPG or did he break down and attend a seminar somewhere along the way? :-P

Maybe he's a Project Manager asking developers to do things as he used to 20 years ago.


The last I heard he was a truck driver.

Tom


At least you don't have to change how you do things too much with that:-D

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The following was in 1991 and in response to the question, "How many seminars or classes have you attended to keep up on technology?"

Answer: "I'm not really into continuing education. I've been programming for 8 years now and I don't see how things can change much from all that I've seen."



Is this guy still working in RPG or did he break down and attend a seminar somewhere along the way? :-P


Too funny! How did you know it was for RPG? It was for what used to be called a Programmer/Analyst position using RPG on an IBM S/38.

When I tell my kids that I used to program RPG they think it was for role playing games. :-D

The last I heard he became a truck driver in 1996.

Tom


Purely an educated guess. You said it was in 1991 and the guy stated he had been programming for 8 years. That reduced the number of possibilities to just a few. ;-)

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The following was in 1991 and in response to the question, "How many seminars or classes have you attended to keep up on technology?"

Answer: "I'm not really into continuing education. I've been programming for 8 years now and I don't see how things can change much from all that I've seen."



to be fair, back in '91 things didn't change as much.

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We developed a test that required applicants to write queries against our proprietary database that would answer a list of specific questions we provided along with which tables to use and how to link them.

One candidate after struggling for quite some time announced “this is the worst designed database I’ve ever seen!” That was good to know.

One candidate was about three times my size and after the test he wanted to be sure I knew he wasn’t intimidated by me. Hokay...

Yet another had her own form of on-line help: Turned out she was calling her boyfriend for technical assistance when we left her alone. At least she turned herself in.
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Yet another had her own form of on-line help: Turned out she was calling her boyfriend for technical assistance when we left her alone. At least she turned herself in.

You could hire her as long as you put on the contract that she couldn't fight or break up with her boyfriend for the time that she worked with you. :-D Assuming her boyfriend had enough knowledge to be her live-support.


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