Re: latest best practice

Lew <>
Tue, 03 Apr 2007 19:49:27 -0400
Oliver Wong wrote:

    On the other hand, there are strategic hires (e.g. "Is this person a
generally good programmer? It doesn't matter what specific technologies
they are familiar with, as a good programmer will be able to pick up new
technologies relatively quickly.") and there are tactical hires (e.g.
"We're 6 months behind schedule. We need someone who knows how to work
with FooBar right now. We need them to use FooBar the same way our 20
other developers use FooBar, which is the same way everyone else uses
FooBar. We do NOT need a different (or custom) framework to replace
FooBar, even if it this different framework is faster, better, stronger.
We don't need someone smart, we just need someone who will do what they're
told, with little to no supervision/overhead. So do you know how to edit a
FooBar-conf.xml file?")

Such "tactical" hiring can be very shortsighted. For example, in my own
experience I have seen that people who understand the Front Controller pattern
can use Struts quite well, but those who don't make a complete hash of things.
A hiring manager would be well advised to make sure that the programmers they
hire * actually know how to program * .

Too many collecting paychecks for as programmers have too little talent or
knowledge for the activity and too much ego or laziness to admit it.


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