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Slashdot: What Portion of Developers Are Bad At What They Do?

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I would say that at any given time, 100%.  What developer has not been horrible at some new technology that they were trying to get their head around?  I look at some of my first jQuery or angular.js code snippets, and they were bad

But the key question is what portion of developers stop sucking at what they do?  I would like to think most improve, or abandon the technology they are bad at.  For instance, I suck at Sharepoint.  I am bad at it.  So I don’t do it.  I turn down positions involving Sharepoint.

However, the OP at /. is appalled that some of the people he interview are clueless about public/private key encryption.  But does that make them bad developers?  Or could they be awesome client-side ninjas, hate dealing with security protocols, and try to leverage oAuth as much as possible without knowing the implementation details?

I would have to agree that if you don’t have a general concept about public/private keys, that may be a clue to dig deeper into your overall level of competence, especially if you are pitching yourself for an architect role.

BTW, some great architects are horrible developers ;-)

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February 14, 2015 at 6:04 pm

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The 25 costliest tech screw-ups of all time

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All organizations depend on IT to keep operations up and running. That means tech mistakes – even seemingly minor ones – can have a huge impact on the organization and its bottom line.

 

http://www.itmanagerdaily.com/the-25-costliest-tech-screw-ups-of-all-time/

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July 2, 2013 at 9:45 pm

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My Favorite Things To Do In Huntington Beach

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1. Sunday brunch at the Black Bull: come hungry, come often

2. Tuesday night downtown street fair: always something new

3. Dinner at Cucina Alessa: at least twice a month, and you’ll probably run into the HB mayor, Joe Carchio.

4. Karaoke at Killarney’s on Monday nights: OK, I only did this once, and found it surprisingly fun to watch.  Watch, not sing :-)

5. Any day at the Doggy Beach.

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January 21, 2012 at 10:53 pm

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Like Facebook? You’ll Love the Facebook Book

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A new Facebook application is bringing the famous social-networking site full circle.

The tool lets people take Facebook literally, creating hardcover versions of Facebook profiles — think "Facebook in a book." The idea came from creative director Siavosh Zabeti, when French telecommunications company Bouygues Telecom recruited his ad agency DDB Paris to help launch the company’s Facebook platform.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2010/11/29/like-facebook-youll-love-facebook-book/#ixzz16hdCNsdR

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November 29, 2010 at 7:49 pm

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Microsoft IE browser share dips below 50%

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Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, which has dominated the Web browser market since blowing by Netscape in the late 1990s, last month fell below the 50% market share level for the first time in years.

IE’s share of the worldwide market fell to 49.87% in September, down from 51.3% in August and 58.4% a year ago. It is followed by Firefox, which increased its share slightly from 30.09% to 31.5% and Google Chrome, which grabbed 11.54% share, more than triple its September 2009 share, according to market watcher StatCounter.

http://www.networkworld.com/news/2010/100510-microsoft-ie-browser-firefox-chrome.html
FYI, I am really diggin’ Chrome…

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October 6, 2010 at 4:48 pm

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Oracle database design slowed Chase online banking fix

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Computerworld – The outage last week JPMorgan Chase’s online banking site is an example of how pushing to maintain absolute data integrity could end up creating big problems for companies, a veteran database analyst cautioned yesterday.

The financial services firm suffered through intermittent problems on the site for three days earlier this month. At one point, Chase customers could not carry out any online banking transactions for a period of more than 24 hours.

The bank initially blamed the disruption on a ‘technical issue,’ but later said the problems were tied to a third-party database product used to authenticate customer log-ins.

Curt Monash, an analyst at Monash Research, said a source with knowledge of the incident told him that the outage was traced to an Oracle database used by Chase to store user profiles and authentication data. Monash said the source, who he wouldn’t identify, said that four files in the Oracle database were corrupted and that the error had been replicated in the mirror copy of the database that Chase maintained for backup and recovery purposes…

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September 27, 2010 at 9:27 pm

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Visual Studio 2010 Cloud Plug-In

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With Microsoft Azure for both public and private cloud computing platforms coming into place, Microsoft is starting to tout the inherent benefits of a unified approach to cloud computing.

Most recently, Microsoft partnered with Rackspace to make available a Visual Studio 2010 plug-in for developers looking to build applications running on a Microsoft .Net framework that would be hosted on Rackspace rather than the Microsoft cloud computing platform

http://www.ctoedge.com/content/microsofts-campaign-cloud

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September 16, 2010 at 4:44 pm

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